On a dry, bright and rather cold Sunday in the first week of October, Mr Warren and Miss Jackson accompanied two teams to the annual Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Lane Fox Challenge held at Parkwood Off-road Centre in Tong. Run by staff and volunteers from Bradford Youth Service over a dozen teams from across the district took part in this gruelling competition.
Both teams were very excited and quite apprehensive as they approached the start line, where they were presented with their various maps and associated clues for each of the eleven, timed team challenges. However, any such nerves soon disappeared as both teams immersed themselves, quite literally, in the customary first challenge of the notorious swamp crossing.
Always a wet and muddy start, this set the tone for the day with further challenges including zip wires over streams, rafts across the lake, archery, rope climbing and problem solving along the way. Both teams pulled together and despite being completely drenched and covered in mud, all agreed it had been an enjoyable experience.
At the end of the day, when Mr Warren and his entire group had fallen in the freezing lake, once again, Miss Jackson’s team were victorious (pictured here left to right: Ellie Greenhalgh, Laila Ali Oussine, Emily Addison and Abigail Buckle) taking the coveted Lee Divine Shield for ‘Best Team Work’.
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