The Children’s Centre’s 12th annual Adventure Challenge was an action-packed success for the charity.
Corporate teams of five people each swapped their offices for the altogether lovelier surroundings of South Barrule plantation and Cringle Reservoir for a full day’s teamwork.
The schedule is tweaked every year, and the 2013 edition featured some all-new activities.
‘There was an hour of Laser Mayhem at South Barrule plantation with three games of laser tag,’ explained organiser Mark Eastham.
‘We got the permission of the water authority to use Cringle Reservoir too. Teams had to build a raft and get from one side to the other, picking things up along the way.’
Elsewhere teams had tools and instructions to construct a catapult and fire at a ‘castle’, and the last two events were mountain biking and orienteering.
With the mountain biking, there was an option of a easier circuit, or a more gruelling route worth more points for your team.
‘It was a full day! PDMS were the overall winners, I think that’s the third time they’ve won,’ said Mark.
‘Entry was actually down from 22 teams last year, but we raised in the region of £5,000, and all the money goes to The Children’s Centre.
‘We were blessed with the weather too. When we put the marquee up a few days earlier you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face! But there wasn’t a breath of wind, the lake was like glass, with the shadow of South Barrule. It was a lovely location.’
The Pavilion cafe and restaurant in Port St Mary put on food on in the marquee as everyone gathered ahead of the points tally and trophy presentations.
‘The water stuff was all new and the laser tag was something a bit different,’ said Mark. ‘Laser Mayhem were very kind to us so thanks to them.
‘The idea is that it’s a bit of a mix. There’s the Krypton Factor/Crystal Maze type challenges for the mental aspect, then the mountain biking and orienteering was more physical.
‘It was tough, some people hadn’t used a drill before! By the time they had finished people were absolutely knackered. It brought out things like working together under pressure.’