As preparations continue for the Three Peaks, our Y11 students walked just over 12 miles around Pontefract Park and Newmillerdam.

Today's training concentrated on long distance walking without stopping. We aimed to complete each lap of Pontefract Park in 30 mins, which is a pace of roughly four miles an hour. As stops on the Three Peaks Challenge will only happen at designated points, we practised carrying out tasks whilst on the move, such as eating on the go. The students managed to keep up the pace for all five laps. After completing five laps of the racecourse (and stopping off for our now obligatory ice cream), we finished the day by walking on more muddy terrain at Newmillerdam. Whilst we were there, we explored the bankings and found the the coin tree - a tree stump where coins had been hammered into it by other walkers - we left our own little mark in it before returning home.

Overall, it was a fantastic day and the weather was great for walking. The students continue to be a credit to the academy. Next stop: The Three Peaks on the 28th April - bring it on!