CADETS and staff from Winchester College have covered more than 10,000km for charity.

Every year a group takes on the Mallory Challenge in the Lake District to raise funds for SSAFA – a local armed forces charity.

This year the 35 Combined Cadet Force members and 15 staff members completed their share of 10,300km, the distance between Winchester and Mount Everest.

They also exceeded their target of raising £10,300, securing more than £1 for every km covered.

Fourth year pupil, Alfred Beadman, who clocked up more than 500km on his own, said: "I loved taking part in the Mallory Challenge. At times it was difficult to find the motivation to carry on and balancing it with schoolwork wasn't always easy. However, it was very rewarding to see us approaching our goal, and raising money as a team.

"I decided to sign up after hearing how charities were struggling to find funding during the pandemic, and with more time at home, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to help."