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First prize for intrepid Chorley youngsters
8:00am Thursday 29th August 2013 in Chorley
A team of intrepid youngsters from Chorley were awarded joint first prize after being plunged into a countryside apocalypse.
The eight teenagers, aged between 13 and 19, beat 100 other contestants by putting their minds and bodies to the test in a modern day treasure hunt style challenge set by the county council.
The event, which was the culmination of a month of online tests, led them on a gruelling midnight climb up Rivington Pike and row across a lake whilst fighting off zombie actors to find items which would help them survive a deadly virus which had killed the rest of the British population.
The creative ‘From Dusk ‘til Dawn’ initiative was the flagship summer event of the council’s Young People's Service designed to keep young people in the county active, give them the opportunity to make new friends and test their imagination and teamwork skills.
The second event of its kind this year, it used social media sites to give out clues in the run up to the all-night sleepless challenge which lasted from 9pm until 6.30am. Members of the team, who applied to take part via the service’s website, claimed gold medals along with a team of 10 teenagers from the Ribble Valley.
Grace Watkinson, 16, from Leyland, leader of the Chorley team, said: “It was a long night which ended with us having to row back at 6.30am the next morning.
“The most difficult thing was trying to stay awake but I managed it because of all the physical activity like walking.
“The best thing about it was that I'm not scared of the dark now and can work as part of a team which has helped me to build my confidence up, take responsibility and to work with other people to take decisions.” County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “I'd like to congratulate the members of the winning teams from the Ribble Valley and Chorley, but credit is due to all of the young people who took part.
“I witnessed some of the evening's activities myself and there's no doubt the young people were all highly motivated. The scenario was amazing and sparked the young people's imagination.
“This initiative is quickly and quite rightly establishing itself in the Young People's Service calendar of activities because it provides those who take part with a series of testing and creative challenges.”
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