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Harpenden Scouts tackle Peak Assault Challenge

PUBLISHED: 15:28 12 November 2018

Four Scouts from St George's School in Harpenden took part in the Peak Assault Challenge, Picture: St George's School

Four Scouts from St George's School in Harpenden took part in the Peak Assault Challenge, Picture: St George's School

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A group of Scouts from a school in Harpenden completed a gruelling challenge to climb peaks in the Brecon Beacons.

Four Year 11 pupils from St George’s School in Sun Lane took part in the Peak Assault Challenge: Zac Andersen, Jack Gray, Luke Harris and Ollie John.

Peak Assault is now in its 51st year and is Hertfordshire Scouts’ most challenging competition for members of the Scout Association aged 14 and over.

Competitors must use a combination of orienteering skills, physical ability and mental strength to navigate across difficult terrain, passing as many checkpoints as they can within the allotted time. They must also carry all the equipment they will need for a night spent on the hills.

The boys came first by 20 points in their ‘Training Team’ category, competing against 20 other teams.

Each year the challenge’s location is a closely guarded secret, and only a select few knew the challenge would take place in the Brecon Beacons beforehand.

St George’s headmistress Helen Barton said: “This is a great achievement for these boys in a challenge that clearly tested their all-round skills.

“I understand they have been hugely committed to the Scouting movement since Cubs and their teamwork and resilience is clearly outstanding.

“A very well done to them.”

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