Seaford College in Charlton Chase victory

Toby Hindmarsh, Harry Marchant, Josh James and Harry Leleu CONTRIBUTED PICTURE SUS-150502-153956001
Toby Hindmarsh, Harry Marchant, Josh James and Harry Leleu CONTRIBUTED PICTURE SUS-150502-153956001

SEAFORD antelopes will stand proudly alongside jaguars, having galloped through the night in the ultimate endurance test to score a victory.

Seaford College’s premier team, the Seaford Antelopes, snatched first place from Sackville Team A in the Charlton Chase premier division.

More than 400 young people faced an intrepid challenge in Charlton Forest on a chilly winter’s night.

The Charlton Chase is a night-time navigation event, designed to test mental and physical stamina, with teamwork as a key to success.

It is hosted each year by Seaford College.

In teams of four, youngsters aged 15-21 from 25 schools, colleges, and voluntary organisations compete for winning places.

Scaling 25 kilometres of Charlton Forest, teams are challenged to find and complete 12 mental and physical activities.

This takes about eight hours, with a much-needed and well-deserved two-hour rest period in between.

With three categories to compete in –premier, standard and novice – teams are able to choose how they pitch their ability.

All three levels offer exciting challenges as teams are awarded points for getting to checkpoints and completing tasks en route.

Congratulations go to Seaford Antelopes, Harry Leleu, Harry Marchant, Toby Hindmarsh and Josh James.

The Antelopes follow in the footsteps of last year’s winners the Seaford Jaguars, Sara Carr, Tom Bolsover, Theo Ormrod-Davis, and James Watts, some 13 years since the competition was last won by Seaford.

Congratulations must also go to the other six teams that Seaford entered in the endurance event – it takes a lot of stamina to stay out for eight hours (12 hours for some) and keep making the effort needed to navigate as well as carry out command tasks at the checkpoints.

Seaford attended a presentation at Edes House in Chichester to celebrate their award.

Jackie Kyte from Seaford’s combined cadet force (CCF) said: “Yet again, Seaford College have shown dominance in this prestigious event.

“I’m extremely proud of the determined effort shown by the team to achieve their goal.”