Teens come top in tough chal­lenge

Halifax Courier - - World Dock Pudding Championships - By Felic­ity Macna­mara

A group of Hal­i­fax teenagers fought off com­pe­ti­tion from across the coun­try to scoop the top prize in a gru­elling out­door event. The group, from Hal­i­fax Sea Scouts, had to com­plete an as­sault course, open wa­ter ca­noe­ing, high speed grass sledg­ing and ex­treme bouncy cas­tle gym­nas­tics to win the Apex Chal­lenge, held on Satur­day, April 18.

And to make it even more chal­leng­ing, the group were put through their paces overnight. Jack Bruce, Josh Chil­vers, Joe Green­wood and Pa­trick Hyat spent the night at Bramham Park, Leeds, and had six hours to visit as many of the de­mand­ing ac­tiv­i­ties as they could, but they also had to watch out for teams of chasers who tried to track them down and take points away. Their team fin­ished in first place out of the 105 teams that took part and their win­ning score of 1270 points earned them a cov­eted Apex Chal- lenge tro­phy and an ex­clu­sive t-shirt each. Event direc­tor, Matt Richards, said: “Th­ese four showed great de­ter­mi­na­tion, men­tal strength and per­se­ver­ance to win against such strong com­pe­ti­tion. Ev­ery­one thor­oughly en­joyed it. “Many of the those tak­ing part had never ex­pe­ri­enced th­ese actvi­ties be­fore. It was great to see their re­ac­tion when tak­ing on our high ropes course or tak­ing to the wa­ter in an open ca­noe for the first time. “We’re de­lighted that so many young peo­ple were part of this chal­lenge.”

The multi-ac­tiv­ity com­pe­ti­tion tests the team’s skills to the limit and is re­garded as one of the coun­try’s tough­est Scout adventure com­pe­ti­tions.

This year’s event saw more teams take part than ever be­fore.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.apex­chal­lenge.co.uk

Jack Bruce, Josh Chil­vers, Joe Green­wood and Pa­trick Hyat, from Hal­i­fax, won first prize

All the com­peti­tors pose for the cam­era

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