Thanks to incredibly good time-keeping, Seaford Jaguars snatched first place from Churcher’s best team in the Charlton Chase Premier Division. Although the opposition had accrued more points for having found more checkpoints, Seaford were only 1 minute late in getting back, and therefore suffered only 1 penalty point, ending up with a 15 point advantage. Great time-management!
Despite desperately muddy conditions underfoot, Seaford Cougars also achieved 3rd place in the same Premier Division, and in the Standard-entry Division, Seaford Antelopes achieved 3rd position. A really impressive performance! As an indication of the attrition rate, of 16 teams entered for the Premier Division 9 teams retired; and of 52 teams entered for the Standard Division, only 29 completed, the darkness of the night and the quagmire beneath taking their toll.
Congratulations are due to Seaford Jaguars (Sara Carr, Tom Bolsover, Theo Ormrod-Davis, James Watts) on achieving First Place, some 13 years since this was last achieved! Also to Seaford Cougars (Ian Duff, Ben Evans, Tristan Evans, Piers Tickner) for gaining 3rd place – all can move on from the College with this accolade under their belts! We must also congratulate the Seaford Antelopes (Christian Disley-May, Toby Hindmarsh, Dan Jones, Harry Leleu) for their efforts in gaining 3rd place in the Standard Division, and hope that they will take part again next year with the benefit of their experience with a view to winning.
Well done the other 7 teams that Seaford entered in this prestigious event – it takes a lot of stamina to stay out for 8 hours (12 hours for some!) and keep making the efforts needed to navigate as well as carry out command tasks at the checkpoints.
Sara Carr, Head Girl, said: “This year was much tougher than last year, and I am so pleased that our team won the trophy back for the College before we all leave in the summer! The challenge for the College now is to retain the trophies next year!”