Adventure Challenge for Schools™ 2014 : 4 to 7 December 2014
Stanford Lake College once again hosted the annual Adventure Challenge for Schools™ which was held from 4 to 7 December 2014. The event consisted of many disciplines, including rafting, mountain biking, trail running, swimming, kloofing, obstacles, first aid, rope traverse and structure building, to name a few. Teams from Zimbabwe, Zambia, and South Africa went head-to-head over the 4 days.
This year (for a change!) we were blessed with very nice weather for the first two days. The Grand Challenge was over the last two days of the event and was a 120km race. Navigation played a big part in this Challenge. The race started at 04:00 on Saturday morning at the Debegeni turn off, up Forest drive, around the top of Dap Naude dam and eventually back to Stanford Lake College. Here the teams had to do more challenges including tree climbing, Foot orienteering, a kaskar race and raft orienteering. Three teams finished the first day very close to one another and everything was on the line during the last day. This was make or break for the overall honours! The last morning was a 40km race and the teams pulled out all the stops!
Team Ubuntu from Stanford Lake College finished in 2nd place overall being beaten by their junior team Tshanduko by 23 minutes! The Bushtick Gladiators from Falcon College in Zimbabwe finished in 3rd place.
Stuart Lunt doing the rope traverse. Team Tshanduko – Michael van Zyl, Reese Bain, Bryce Reed
& Matthew Wilkinson
Well done to all the teams who travelled so far to come and compete, especially the Zambian team who were on the road for 3 days to get here. Congratulations to all teams and their seconds, and a huge thank you to all staff, parents and sponsors who helped to make the event possible.
Last but not least, a big thank you to our main sponsor, Trappers, for all the prizes for the various challenge events and activities. Also to Outdoor Medical for the medical standby and all the officials who assisted during the event.
The Adventure Challenge for Schools 2015 will be in Zambia.
The Adventure Challenge for Schools is the premier high schools adventure week in SADC. Teams from all over SADC joined us for an exciting 4 day challenge, pushing themselves way beyond the ordinary!!
Adventure Racing Nationals Report – 2014
Stanford Lake College hosted the SA Schools Adventure Racing Champs on Saturday 11 October. A total of 32 school teams from all over South Africa – as far as Kidd’s Beach and Lilyfontein in East London – came to compete. The event was split into 3 categories: U/13; U/15 and U/19. The U/13s raced a total of 30km, U/15s covered 60km and the U/19’s course was over a distance of 80km. The races comprised of mountain biking, hiking, obstacle crossings, navigation, foot orienteering, kaskar, raft building, bum slide, swim and a water jump.
The race for the U/15s and U/19s started at 04:00 on Saturday morning, after the race briefing which was held on Friday.
In typical form, the mountain weather for the event was misty and windy which made the visibility very bad. Due to these conditions, the race was a lot slower than planned, with some of the last teams finishing during Prize Giving at 17:00! The U/15 team of Stanford Lake College – team Tshanduko – did very well and finished in second place overall behind the winners from Helpmekaar College after leading the event for a while! Unfortunately, the senior team – team Ubuntu – had a disappointing race, as they encountered a lot of unlucky mechanical problems, but that is part of adventure racing! Despite this, they showed real fortitude to fight on and still complete the race.
Thank you to all the parents who were seconding and supporting the teams. Despite the foul weather the event was a huge success!