King's Siblings Tackle the Jurassic Coast for Charity

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Congratulations to Archie and Millie Campbell-Smith, who recently completed the Jurassic Coast Mighty Hike, raising an impressive £600 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Jurassic Coast walk is part of Macmillan’s ‘Mighty Hikes’ – a series of one-day hiking marathons across the UK. This year’s treks have included destinations including the Lake District, the Wye Valley and Rob Roy.

Archie, who is in the Sixth Form, and Millie (Fourth Form), along with their parents and older brother Hugo OA (Tuckwell 2017) completed the 22-mile walk from Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth to Wareham, Dorset last month.

To prepare for the event, the siblings began their training with the school’s annual Ten Tors challenge, in which they were required to hike between 35-55 miles across Dartmoor.

Reflecting on the experience, Archie said: “Ten Tors helped me to prepare for this challenge as it gave me experience of walking long distances. Rugby training and gym work has also helped me to improve my fitness.”

One of the best ways to appreciate the scenery of the Jurassic Coast is on foot. The 95 mile-long trail, which begins at Old Harry Rocks in Dorset and finishes in Exmouth, offers views from cliff top vistas to hilly moorland.

“The hardest part of the walk was definitely the after-lunch stretch, as that’s when you realise you haven’t even completed half of the walk! The only way to overcome it is to keep going and support one another.” added Archie.

“I felt overwhelmed when we finished. Seeing everyone clap when we arrived made us realise that we had actually completed the challenge.”

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