Last weekend saw many Oakham pupils embark upon expeditions to contribute to their Duke of Edinburgh awards. Students travelled to locations all over the UK from North Yorkshire to Norfolk, and from Rutland to the Peak District. During the two days they were assessed on their perseverance, camping and navigation skills. To view a gallery of the D of E weekend, click here.
Teacher of Geography and expedition leader Mr Daniel Greenfield tells us more about the Bronze cycling challenge.
“Twelve cyclists set off from Oakham filled with trepidation and nervousness as, for many, this was the first time they had cycled any significant distance. On arriving in camp everyone managed to erect their tents before the rain set in. Hiding under trees to get some shelter from the rain, they all cooked on trangias for the first time and then retired for the night knowing they had a big day ahead. After loading all their equipment onto their bikes, both groups set off to navigate themselves 30 miles around the Norfolk and Suffolk countryside. Despite a few navigational mistakes both groups showed tremendous determination, stamina and team spirit to complete the circuit. They returned to camp feeling exhausted, but also that they had completed a route that some did not feel they were capable of. The weather was much kinder to them on the second night and after a good rest both groups broke camp on the final day and set off on their morning cycle. Both groups are now much more confident in their cycling and navigation and made excellent progress to the finish line, arriving almost at the same time. After a well-earned burger stop on the way home all students returned with a great sense of purpose and will now hopefully look forward to the challenging Rutland expedition in March.”