STUDENTS from Monmouth showed exceptional knowledge, stamina and teamwork to clinch a silver medal at the prestigious Cadet Cambrian Patrol competition in Sennybridge.

The senior team from Monmouth School for Boys' Combined Cadet Force (CCF) also achieved the highest score by a Welsh unit.

Snatching sleep in forestry blocks when they could, the competition was the hardest physical challenge the boys had faced. Harrison Town and Henry Walch led the Monmouth team in the 18-strong event after three months of intensive training.

Carrying their kit and against the clock, the Monmouth boys successfully navigated their way around a 35km course through check points dispersed in the Brecon Beacons.

At the check points, the boys carried out section attacks and a casualty evacuation. The event was brought to a finale with a march and a live firing competition at one of the ranges.