The Military and Protective Services (MaPS) Academy at Bicton College will take on a 100-mile endurance challenge to raise money for the Royal Marines and RNLI.

Students of the MaPS Academy are set to undertake the 'Baton of Bicton' challenge this April.

They will cover the tough coastal footpath from Studland in Dorset to Bicton College.

Taking place over two and a half days, they will cover a minimum of 40 miles each day for the first two days, before concluding with a 20-mile stint on the final day.

The event starts on April 30 and finishes on May 2.

The challenge, which is primarily driven by the MaPS students, has garnered support from several organisations, including the British Army, the RNLI, the Royal Marines, and figures such as the mayor of Exmouth, David Reed MP candidate, as well as the Devon and Cornwall Police.

They will assist with the planning and logistical aspects of the event and will join the students at multiple points during the challenge.

Exmouth Journal: The Baton of Bicton

MaPS student, Alice Cooper, shared her feelings about the task, saying it's "exciting but equally challenging."

She elaborated: "There is so much to think about and to organise, while making time to train so that we are ready.

"We are all a little bit nervous but unbelievably motivated and ready to go."

Curriculum area manager, Scott Lawson, celebrated the career-led, ambitious aspects of the challenge.

Mr Lawson said: "The project management skills our learners are gaining from this make it a fantastic challenge.

"Our industry has asked for ‘mentally and physically resilient recruits’ and this challenge is packed full of experiences to boost these qualities."

Exmouth Journal: Students of the MaPS Academy are set to undertake the 'Baton of Bicton' challenge this April

Senior study programme manager, Dougie Wright, emphasised the anticipated benefits for the students.

He said this is about "challenging and rewarding students along the journey.

"But what an amazing experience and journey these learners are on.

"This challenge will give them a memory for life and something to be so incredibly proud of."

The Baton, a symbol of inclusivity, teamwork, resilience, and self-determination, will accompany the students throughout the challenge.

It represents the college's values and standards.

The funds raised during the event will benefit the Royal Marines Charity and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, while also demonstrating the students' skills and resilience.

To donate to the students' cause as they endure a challenging charity endeavour, interested parties can send their contributions through the official Just Giving page.