Eleven youngsters from the independent co-educational school in Kent keenly stepped up to the challenge of conquering The National Three Peaks in an event organised and led by SSgt Katie Godlington and LCpl Oliver Hall.
“We believe that with good planning and research and excellent teamwork and morale, we can take on anything" said the 18-year-old who leaving at the end of the academic year to study Psychology.
“Although the expedition was far more gruelling than we imagined, it was exhilarating and we had the time of our lives. The determination and team spirit shown by everyone in the face of abhorrent weather, was incredible and our sense of achievement at the end of the 24 hours will remain with us for ever.”
The cadets ranged in age from just 14 to 18. It was an inclusive expedition meaning that it was open to anyone who was keen and willing. Cadets tackled the peaks at their own pace and aimed to complete the challenge as a team.
The group left Ashford School on the Friday lunchtime and spent the night sleeping on the sports hall floor of AKS School in Lancashire. After a delicious breakfast of chocolate croissants and mugs of tea, they set off to Ben Nevis where the rain began. By the top of the mountain, even the team’s waterproofs were beginning to find it difficult to stave off the weather.