Hail, snow, downpours, thick fog and then two days of glorious sunshine on the ridges of the Brecon Beacons was how the 22 hikers were greeted in their practice expedition during the Easter break. The Lower Sixth contingents completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh training expedition despite the tricky conditions and should be really proud with all they achieved.

DofE Leader, Caz Hatchell, said: “All the best training gets done in manky weather and I don’t think they’ll forget Friday’s challenge – 22km with 20kg on their backs, hiking up to 817metres and enduring thick fog for the whole afternoon. The compass skills were proved useful! Waking up to hail and rain on Saturday morning meant a few grumpy faces, but once up on the high ridges the sun came out and the joys of hiking in the hills was appreciated by all.”

Thanks especially to Brian Lloyd, Dom Evans, Kelso and Erica for helping on the trip and huge congratulations to the students for “keeping on keeping on”.