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Adventurous Activities

Adventurous Activities

Here are some of the activities that have been organised over the past few years, some are one-off adventures, others are planned to be repeated... 

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CCF Adventure Training Camps

The following optional events are arranged throughout the year - please contact Paul Fernandez if you would like any more information. Applications for these events are generally via the Contingent Commander - Tim Morris.

Christmas Climbing Trip - end of Michaelmas Term

To Llangorse Climbing Centre, where we take part in climbing, abseiling, high ropes and bouldering. All activities and accommodation are indoors. (3 days)

Easter Adventure Training Camp - end of Lent Term

Based at Llangorse Climbing Centre, with the boys taking part in activities such as mountain biking, gorge walking, caving, a walk in the Brecon Beacons, and indoor climbing, high ropes, abseiling and caving. (5 days)

Summer Adventure Training Camp - end of Summer Term

An 8-day camp based near Keswick in the Lake District. Activities undertaken include: indoor climbing, outdoor climbing, mountain biking, ghyll scrambling, orienteering, over-night expedition, (Including wild camp and ascent of Scafell Pike). Overnight accommodation is in tents, with large building for all 'administration' and kit storage. (8 days)


Other (Non-CCF) Activities

Radley Ridgeway Relay 

A relay running along 86 miles of the Ridgeway from Ivinghoe Beacon to Avebury. The A-team will do 36 miles in total, the B-team 32, and the C-team 28. Running from 15:00 through the night (until 10:00 the next day) is certainly an experience that most remember. 

50km Relay 

Teams of 3-6 run 50km between them. A great team-building and fundraising challenge. 

Radley 24-hour track challenge 

Like the 50km relay, but a bit further and teams of around 10 runners - last time we managed to get 212 miles. 

Wakeboarding

On the purpose-built facility at Milton Keynes. You are towed on a wire system around the lake. Can you progress from kneeling to standing? 

C2C (Radley Clocktower to London Clocktower/Big Ben)

A 100-mile cycle relay along the Thames Valley Path. (Also shorter version from Radley to Desborough for younger boys.)

Go-Karting 

A trip to Oxford karting circuit to race around the track. Driving license not required. 

Paintballing 

An afternoon trying not to be hit by small paint pellets - sometimes done by Form Masters or for Social year Groups. 

Bob Graham Round Relay 

A relay attempt of the famous 24-hour solo challenge. Last time it took us 33 hours to complete - quite a challenge. 

National 3-Peaks

The iconic ascent of Ben Nevis (1344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1085m). 'Time on the Hills' ranges from 8 to 14 hours. Not only are the hills challenging enough, but the time spent in close-confinement in a minibus adds to the challenge. 

Welsh 3-Peaks 

A challenge aimed at the lower school. To climb the highest peaks in South/Mid/North Wales - Pen y Fan (886m), Cadair Idris (893m), Snowdon (1085m). (Totals of around 17 miles, and 1500m ascent).

Yorkshire 3-Peaks

A non-stop 24-mile route around the highest peaks of the Yorkshire Dales-Pen-y-Ghent (694m), Whernside (736m), Ingleborough (723m). Can you complete it in under 12 hours?


Duke of Edinburgh

Radley College is a Directly Licenced Centre and offers Bronze and Gold DofE programmes. Supported by a team of experienced staff, pupils enrolled on the award have the opportunity to work towards an internationally recognised accolade.

The DofE is a non-competitive programme that will give participants skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities. Your son may be doing many of these activities already and the DofE is a way of getting recognition for these.  Also it will help him to make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last a lifetime. The award is also looked on favorably by universities and employers.

The award is split into different sections each allowing participants different and exciting challenges and opportunities. Indeed, many of those who enrol undertake new interests that they may never have considered if they had not begun the programme.

Bronze level has four sections: Skills, Physical, Volunteering, and Expedition, and the Gold Award has five: Skills, Physical, Volunteering, Expedition and Residential. More information can be found on the extensive DofE website:

The DofE website

One of the most fulfilling elements of the DofE is that the individual sets their own targets and can take the award in any direction that they please. This makes the completion of the award even more satisfying.

Both the Bronze and Gold awards at Radley are incredibly popular with over 120 boys enrolled on the Bronze award in the Remove and Fifth Form and over 70 enrolled on the Gold award across the Sixth Form.

Paul Fernandez
Paul Fernandez
Biology Teacher, Head of Adventurous Activities and Mic Athletics, Commander CCF
As well as teaching Biology, I am CCF Contingent Commander, Head of Adventurous Activities, DofE Award Manager and Master in Charge of Athletics. This includes organising all the CCF Adventurous Training Camps, DofE Expeditions, and other challenging activities: ‘Clock Tower-2-Clock Tower cycle’, the National 3-Peaks, go-karting, paint-balling, wake-boarding, ‘Ridgeway Relay’, 50k relay, 12 labours of Radley – College Fundrasing Event, World Record attempts, and more…. I am qualified to instruct groups on the mountains, biking, climbing, abseiling, and am accredited by the Institute for Outdoor Learning as an outdoor practitioner. I enjoy running and have represented England at various ultra-distance championships.

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