Teens come top in tough challenge

A group of Halifax Sea Scouts claimed the top spot in outdoor competition, the Apex Challenge.
A group of Halifax Sea Scouts claimed the top spot in outdoor competition, the Apex Challenge.

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 Challenge 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