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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Event sells out in record time

This year’s Apex Overnight Challenge has sold out in record time. After opening entries early on Sunday morning all 80 places were claimed by the middle of Monday evening. To fill an event in just 36 hours is completely unprecedented. There were more than 15,000 hits on the website on Sunday alone.

First a huge congratulations to all those teams that managed to secure their place in the competition. It’s going to be a great weekend and we’re looking forward to seeing you all on April 9th.

It was the first time we had tried out our new and improved entry system that allows teams to sign up and pay for their places using a debit or credit card online and we’re really pleased so many teams decided to do this. It makes things much quicker and simpler for teams to enter. We were running this alongside our old system of allowing teams to pay by cheque if they wanted to.

The demand for places took us completely by surprise and unfortunately it proved to be impossible to get a cheque posted to Apex HQ before the entries automatically closed as teams paying by credit and debit card signed up. By opening entries on a Sunday, when there are no Royal Mail collections, we accidentally created a system where it effectively became impossible to enter by cheque. We’re really sorry this happened and have decided, on this occasion, we need to do something to put the situation right.

We’re pleased to announce that any teams which entered on Sunday or Monday and got their cheques in the post by the end of Monday WILL still get a place in this year’s Apex Overnight Challenge. It doesn’t matter when they arrive at Apex HQ this week, they will still be processed. But the cut-off point is that the cheque must have been sent by the last post on Monday evening, according to the Royal Mail postmark on the envelope.

Sadly we realise that there will still be some teams who are disappointed because they haven’t got a place in our next event. For that we’re sorry and we hope it won’t put you off entering our other events. In the future there will be just one entry system and as the majority of teams are now happy to pay using our online payment system, this will be the only system in use.

In the meantime, if you have got your place in the event confirmed, take some time to read through the rest of the details about the event on the website. We’ll be releasing more details about the weekend over the next few weeks including your chance to suggest ideas of activities you’d like to see included. Join the adventure!

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Sunday, 20 February 2011

New faster entry system opens for next event

Now's the time to get yourselves registered for our next Apex Overnight Challenge. It's one of the UK's biggest adventure events and is returning to the spectacular Sherwood Pines Forest Park in April, with places for more teams than ever before.

This year there's a new, faster online entry system allowing you to enter your team and pay for it online through Paypal using a debit or credit card. It means it's even quicker to confirm your place in the event. All our recent competitions have filled up long before the actual event so don't delay!

This event is open to all Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members, with three or four people in a team. You can expect to have your agility, strength, teamwork and commitment tested to the limit as you compete against hundreds of others in the darkness.

Activities will include climbing, ropes courses, driving challenges and the legendary Apex inflatable assault course, along with some brand new adventure events for 2011. But you'll also have to keep an eye out for the cunning Apex Chasers, who are prowling the forest keen to take your points away.

There is space for 80 teams to take part at a cost of just £60 per team. Book your place now by filling in our online entry form and make sure your team doesn't miss out. Join the adventure!

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