Rampant Rossendale win Dusk 'til Dawn 3

Friday, August 29, 2014

TEAMS from East Lancashire have come first and third in this year's Dusk 'til Dawn overnight challenge.

Organised by Lancashire County Council's Young People's Service, Dusk 'til Dawn 3 took place at the Anderton Centre in Chorley and made full use of the eerie surroundings of Rivington Park.

During the adventure, a dozen teams of 10 young people between the ages of 12 and 19 were confronted by an unusual and apocalyptic scenario. Their task was to find imaginative ways to survive the decimation of the population and the destruction of cities. The ultimate goal was for teams to win citizenship to the Sanctuary of New Rivington.

And, it was the ten members of the team from Rossendale who proved most adept.

Nikki Hennessy, Lancashire County Council's lead member for schools was full of admiration for the winners: "Be in no doubt whatsoever, this is a fantastic achievement for the young people from Rossendale," Nikki said.

"They really do deserve our congratulations. I was there for some of the evening and again from early morning with Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools. We both fully appreciated the magnitude of the achievement, especially as the weather was horrendous.

"I'd also like to pay tribute to the team from Preston, who came second and to Ribble Valley who finished third.

"Overnight, the young people from all 12 of the teams overcame loads of challenges including puzzle-solving, trekking, abseiling, a low rope course and complicated code-breaking. Their endurance, stamina and determination were fully tested.

Nikki added: "I'd like to thank colleagues from the young people's service for organising this magnificent event and the soldiers from the Army Outreach Team North West, for their support throughout the night.

"I must also give a quick mention to my local team from West Lancashire who I was supporting enthusiastically – there's always next year!"

Lauren Anderton, 15, one of the members of the winning Rossendale team, said:

"Dusk 'til Dawn 2014 Taught me many different skills, especially team working and communication skills.

"The task were mentally and physically very challenging but we worked together as a team. I thought that the best part of Dusk 'til Dawn was the walking stage because it kept us awake and ready for more upcoming challenges and riddles. It is a great event bringing young people together from all over the county and we made some new friends.

"I would love the Dusk 'til Dawn event to happen again next year so that Team Rossendale can take part to defend the title. I think the wet weather brought us closer together and made us work harder as a team.

"In the morning during the presentations, we did not know what position we got and as the announcements were being made we got more and more excited. It was so crazy when the final results were announced and we got so happy.

"Thank you to the young people's service for giving us such a great opportunity, we love it and will remember our experience for a very long time."

Aimie Foster, 15, one of Lauren's team-mates added: "Our Dusk 'til Dawn experience provided us with many benefits both mentally and physically.

"Prior to the event, our team got to know each other and began to understand the task we needed to do. We took the time to discuss our individual areas of interests and skills that were invaluable in helping our team to develop a sense of strengths and weaknesses within us.

"We soon began to notice how working together as a team increases productivity and performance, establishes interpersonal skills such as speaking and listening and enhances our self-awareness. Not only did I come away from the event with a feeling of achievement, I also had a lot of fun.

"Would I do it again? Oh yes, definitely!"

Brian Wood from the county council's Young People's Service, who designed the activities, said: "The idea is that the team members from the 12 districts taking part had to prove they have what it takes to become a 'citizen' of the 'The Sanctuary', an imaginary safe zone.

"This safe zone provides clean water, food, shelter and vaccines for those citizens lucky enough to be successful.

"I would like to add my congratulations to the Rossendale team who were clear winners. They performed superbly throughout the night; showed great team spirit and enthusiasm. The other 11 teams also gave an impressive account of themselves and I'd like to thank them for their hard work and commitment."

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