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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Apex software reveals event stats

So with all the results processed, the teams' maps drawn and the full breakdown published, the software which controls the Apex Challenge has now been able to send us some more statistics about the event.

Firstly, it has compiled the hundreds of data entries into a real-time simulation of the event. Each dot on the animation represents a different team and their point-to-point journey through the playing area.

This shows a pretty even spread of teams throughout the event, but reveals that the teams who went against the masses got a free run of the activity bases. You can see the simulation here. http://www.apexchallenge.co.uk/pastevents/spring2012/simulation.htm

The software has also been able to show us which activity bases and control points had the most visits. The busiest activity base was M - UFO Frisbee which was completed by 81 teams, closely followed by E - The Big Puzzle, and C - Total Shambles. The quietest was H - On Target where just 30 teams managed to complete the tough archery challenge.

Teams did outstandingly well to outwit the Apex Chasers this year, with just eight being hunted down and losing points. One chasing team didn't manage to catch anyone at all!

As for the controls, there are some surprising stats. The most visited was control 9 at the far side of the park, closely followed by control 20 at the impressive Obelisk right in the centre of the woods. Only 16 teams managed to find control number 17 - hidden away under a log in the forest.

You can see the full statistics from the event here: http://www.apexchallenge.co.uk/pastevents/spring2012/results/activitybases.htm

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Friday, 13 April 2012

New twist planned for this weekend

There's just one day left before the first of this year's Apex Challenge events. We're already on our way to start setting up for when almost 500 people start arriving tomorrow and we're really excited to tell you about a brand new twist for this year's event.

If you've been to one of our competitions before you'll know you've got six hours to collect as many points as you can by completing activities and finding other control points, all the time hiding from the Apex chasers who are trying to steal your points.

This year you'll be able to get DOUBLE points by visiting some new control points. It means you'll have to think more carefully about how you plan your route and what order you visit different bases and controls. We'll give you more details at the event briefing on Saturday night.

Good luck with all your packing for this weekend. You'll need warm clothes - the forecast says it could be chilly overnight. And don't forget some cash if you want to buy any of the exclusive items in the new Apex AdventureStore.

Keep checking our Facebook and Twitter pages too. We'll be sending updates and pictures while we're setting up!

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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Over £1000 worth of prizes to be won!

Prizes worth more than a thousand pounds will be given away at the huge Apex Challenge event this weekend, including tickets for the world-famous Leeds Festival.

Around 400 people will be competing through the night, tackling tough activities and avoiding the Apex chasers to rack up their points. But there'll be major rewards for the strongest teams with our biggest ever combination of prizes for the winning teams.

Prizes include intensive go-kart sessions, adventurous rock climbing days and an extreme caving experience in the Peak District.

Another team will win a weekend's luxury break on a canal boat, while others will win a free weekend in one of Staffordshire's most dramatic settings.

But the star prize in the network category this year is four tickets for the Leeds Festival, which normally sell for more than £200 each. They have been kindly donated to the Apex Challenge by the event's organisers Festival Republic, in recognition of our event being held in the same place - the spectacular Bramham Park.

Competition is likely to be extremely intense with such amazing prizes on offer at this event.

The Apex Challenge would like to thank all our prize sponsors for their huge support.


PRIZE SUPPORTERS
Organisations that have donated prizes for our events.

Derbyshire Scouts Caving TeamDerbyshire Scouts Caving Team

This newly formed activity team is offering a fantastic prize for one lucky Apex Challenge Team. They'll be facing a day of Extreme Caving in the Peak District, tackling dramatic abseils through waterfalls and climbs in some of the area's most dramatic caverns.

Go ApeGo Ape

Swing through the trees at any one of their 26 centres across the country. From high rope traverses to dramatic zip slides, their sites offer an amazing experience high in the canopy.

Gradbach Scout CampGradbach Scout Camp

The site has kindly donated a free weekend of camping for the winning explorer Team. The campsite is ideally situated for most Peak District activities including climbing, walking and caving and is a much used stopover point for scout and Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions, as well as longer troop or patrol camps.

North Yorkshire Scouts Activities TeamNorth Yorkshire Scouts Activities Team

This team of specialist instructors is offering the Apex Challenge prize winners an unforgettable extreme climbing day in North Yorkshire.

Pole Position Indoor KartingPole Position Indoor Karting

Pole Position Indoor Karting have two great tracks in Leeds and Wetherby. The tracks are both professionally designed and action packed. They offer a range of group experiences with special offers for scout and youth groups. Contact them for more details.

Jubilee VentureJubilee Venture

A full weekend adventure on the water awaits the winners of this amazing prize, donated by Wakefield Scouts. You’ll have exclusive use of their prestigious narrowboat for a full weekend to explore the waterways of Yorkshire.

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Choose this weekend's music

It's up to you to choose the music we'll be playing at event centre at this weekend's Apex Challenge event at Bramham Park in West Yorkshire. We've already got some of the year's biggest songs on the playlist but we want to make sure we've got all your favourites on there.

Leave us a comment below if there's a particular song or two you want to hear and we'll do our best to get it on the playlist. We'll need all your requests in by Thursday teatime so don't delay!

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Monday, 9 April 2012

Last chance to update team details

With less than a week to go before the first of this year's big events, it's really important all teams log in to the website and check that their team details are up-to-date.

We need the names and contact details for all team members, along with a note of how many vegetarians are in each team before you arrive at the event. You can also order extra T-shirts for members of your team if you haven't already done so.

The deadline for changing your team name is this Wednesday (11 April) at 10pm. All the other details, including T-shirt orders can be changed until Thursday evening (12 April) at 10pm. 

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Sunday, 8 April 2012

Chippy van at next event

Teams competing in the next Apex Challenge event will now be able to stock up on crucial carbs before the event. The Village Chippy - a mobile fish and chip van will be at Event Centre from 5-6pm on Saturday.
Competitors, leaders and supporters will be able to buy a range of snacks from the great value chippy van including fish, sausages, chips, peas and curry sauce.
This is an optional addition to the food covered by your entry fee which includes a late night snack after you finish the event, and a hot breakfast roll on Sunday morning.
Hot and cold drinks will also be available free of charge from the Apex Cafe throughout the event.

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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

New range of Apex merchandise

You can now keep the Apex Challenge with you right through the year with items from our exclusive new range of souvenir merchandise.

As well as our specially-designed 2012 T-shirt and stylish hoodies we will also have several other items available at our upcoming event at Bramham Park.

The full range includes:
  • 2GB USB drive - £6
  • Safety-break lanyard - £2.50
  • Cloth badge - £2
  • Limited edition 10th anniversary mug - £4
  • Stylish hoodie - £22
  • 2012 design T-shirt - £7 (available to pre-order through your team's entry page)
Make sure you bring some money with you to the event if you'd like to buy something from the Apex AdventureStore. Then you'll be able to remember your adventure all year round!

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