Teams brave the great outdoors for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Charity Challenge

Two teams have completed The Duke of Edinburgh’s Challenge; a unique outdoor adventure in aid of a fantastic cause.

Fighting off tough competition from British Gas and Amey, amongst others, the In-VINCI-bles (Duncan Hartley, Steve Bush, Therese Stevenson, David Hewins and Richard Powell) took third place and The Connectors (Paul Bagley, Martin Coppard, Zoe Waites, Rachel Michie and Michael Bashford) finished fifth.

Following a Friday evening of map reading practice led by David Hewins, both teams – armed with safety briefings and supplies courtesy of DofE – departed a damp and drizzly Buxton at 6.30am.

Negotiating 20 miles of undulating terrain, steep climbs and slippery underfoot, the teams battled to reach as many mini-markers as possible along within the allocated time.Extra tasks en-route, including raft building, weather map reading, first aid, rock climbing, cycling and archery, added to the challenged but added to the overall sense of achievement.

Despite already fighting exhaustion, the gang were then faced with campsite preparations, a quiz, further walking, and a rather unusual rocket building task involving a dirty sewer piping system.