Sixty-eight young people from Bradford attended the 29th annual Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Lane Fox Challenge event. The event is held at Parkwood 4×4 Centre in Tong and is run by staff and volunteers from Bradford Youth Service. Teams were entered from Duke of Edinburgh’s Award groups from across the district – including Youth Clubs, Schools and Cadets.
Competing in teams of five, the young people faced 11 challenges. Navigation had to be precise as they made their way between activity bases. At each base there was a task to complete such as archery, problem-solving or the dreaded rope-over-the pond! Needless to say, most participants completed the course wet, muddy or both!
The Fastest Team prize was won by the team representing Menston Youth Club, who were just one minute ahead of their closest challengers. In the Best Teamwork category, where points were awarded at each base for teamwork and communication, the prize was taken by one of the teams from the Bradford Open Award Unit. The George Reid Trophy, which is awarded to the fastest Cadet team was won by the Shipley Spartans Team.
Nikeeta, who took part in the challenge, said: “It was a fantastic day. We had so much fun doing it, and it was great working as a team. I didn’t think we could get so muddy!”
Heather Wilson, Bradford Youth Service, said: “This was a great challenge for everyone and I’m very proud of all who took part! We had zip wires, rafts across lakes, rope climbing as well as a host of other activities. It was great fun and what was fantastic was how young people worked together in teams to support each other.”