Seaford College Wins Premier Division of Charlton Chase for 3rd Year in a Row

The victorious Seaford team before they set out

Seaford College’s Premier Team, Seaford Antelopes, snatched first place from Sackville Team A in the Charlton Chase Premier Division on Saturday.

Over 400 young people faced an intrepid challenge in Charlton Forest on a very chilly night. Charlton Chase is a night time navigation event, designed to test mental, physical stamina, with teamwork as a key to success and is hosted each
year by Seaford College.

Victorious again, and masters of this prestigious night-navigation competition, Seaford College once more won the Elite Section. Eight hours of criss-crossing Seaford College resembles Gatwick Airport as the teams prepare for setting off.the competition area up above the College, in the Charlton Forest, finding all the main checkpoints and tracking down all the extras which are so valuable since they contribute extra points, seemed a walk in the woods for Seaford Antelope team (Harry Leleu, Harry Marchant, Toby Hindmarsh and Josh James) who exercised great accuracy in navigation, and superb time-management to carry off First Place.

This is the third successive year that a Seaford team has won the competition and sets a benchmark for the future. The weather was dry, apart from a slight flurry of snow, and the wind was cold, bringing a chill factor that lowered temperatures by some 6 degrees, and the competitors in general found it tough going: out of a total of 86 teams entered, 29 retired. Congratulations must go to all teams for taking part, especially to the members of the 8 teams that Seaford entered.

But the final accolade is The Antelopes, Seaford's victorious team, recieve their award at Edes House in Chichesterreserved for Seaford Antelope team for having triumphed. Head Boy Harry Leleu said: “What a great challenge, what a great achievement. We are delighted, and now pass the challenge on to the next generation for next year!”

Seaford Wins Premier Division of Charlton Chase Night Navigation Competition 2014

Charlton Chase

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!”