50 brave Cadet volunteers completed the grueling challenge of walking a total of 800 miles in the cold and rain over the weekend of the 25th and 26th of March. The Cadet were inspired by the 700-mile barefoot march from Land’s End to Edinburgh by Major Chris Brannigan, also known as the Barefoot Solider, who completed the unthinkable challenge in 35 days over the summer of 2020, as covered by all the national press, and has resulted in Chris becoming winning a Pride of Britain award winner.
The Cadets commenced the challenge at 10AM on Saturday 25 March and didn’t complete the final lap until 10AM on Sunday 26th of March. To meet the target 800 miles, the cadets had to complete a total of 3,200 laps of the Brakenhale School athletics track, and they tracked their progress by collecting one of 3,200 beads each time they completed a lap. On average, each Cadet had to complete 64 laps of the track; an incredible 16 miles per Cadet.