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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Get ready for Apex Special Ops

This year the Apex Challenge will have a very different feel, as you become part of Apex Special Ops.

Make sure you have trained. Make sure you are prepared. Make sure you win.

Much of the operation you will undertake has to stay secret until you arrive. But we can say that you will be under pursuit during every stage of the weekend. Enemy forces will be trying to track you down, while you try to build your team's score to defeat them.

More than 500 people will be part of this huge operation on the unique Strensall Common.

It's one not for the faint-hearted. Are you tough enough to defeat the enemy and claim victory? We'll find out in just days.

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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

7 top tips for the Apex Challenge

So just how do you prepare for the a weekend as intense as the Apex Challenge? Well, with the event now just days away, we thought we'd share some top advice to help make you as prepared as possible for what might lie ahead...

Check your details

Login now to your personalised team site on the team list page and check all the details are fully filled in. This will speed up your registration when you get to the event, and ensure you can spend more time enjoying the Apex atmosphere before the challenges get underway.

Know your maps

This event will be using both standard 1:25000 Ordnance Survey maps and also specialist orienteering maps. The orienteering maps are much more detailed and use different symbols and colours to signify different things. So it's worth checking some of the maps from previous events in other areas by looking at past results pages, and this will give you an idea of what to expect.

Look after your feet

This area has been pretty boggy over the last few weeks and its likely to stay that way. You will get wet feet, so bring plenty of spare socks and some other trainers to wear around Event Centre between each stage of the event. Happy feet = happy competitors!

Don't go hungry

While the Apex Cafe will be keeping you fed and watered throughout the weekend, don't forget that you need to bring your own packed lunch for the Saturday stage of the event. It's also worth bringing a decent stash of snacks, chocolate, drinks etc to help you relax and recharge for other stages of the event.

Have the right kit

Make sure you check the official kit list and bring everything you need with you. Absolute essentials this year include decent footwear, a good torch and full waterproofs. And chocolate.


It's much more fun that way. Simples.

Expect the unexpected

This event will be unlike any other Apex Challenge event, and you'll be under pursuit every step of the way. Know your team, stay flexible, and think positive to have the best chance of winning. 

Got you own tips to share? Join the discussion now on our Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Saturday, 21 September 2013

The Apex party night returns

Bright Young Things
We had a great excuse to party at last October's Apex Challenge. It was our 10th birthday. But the party was so good we're throwing another this year complete with a fantastic band that will liven up the night after the big day of the competition has finished.

Bright Young Things are a three-piece group from North Yorkshire who will be playing on Saturday evening in the event marquee. We went to see them perform a couple of weeks ago and were so impressed we booked them there and then!

The band is made up of Josh Goddings, Josh Sutcliffe Parker and Sam Marks. They do a mixture of indie and rock covers.

Here's a taster of what they sound like:

There's more about them on their Facebook page. The way we see it, an 11th birthday is even better than a 10th so that's good enough reason to celebrate. Make sure you don't miss them!

Bright Young Things

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

One week left to pre-order event T-shirts

There's just one week left for teams taking part in our upcoming competition to pre-order their exclusive Apex Challenge T-shirts. Many of the teams registered for the event have already ordered and paid for theirs so don't miss out. Pre-ordering is the only way to guarantee your team doesn't miss out!

This year's exclusive design was chosen by a vote on our Facebook page earlier this year and has proved to be one of our most popular T-shirts ever. Each T-shirt costs just £7 and will be available to collect when you sign in at event centre.

Making sure you have your T-shirt also gives you the chance to enter this year's Wear It Out competition for the chance of winning a great prize.

If you need to order your T-shirts, click on your team name on the team list page of the website, enter your password to edit your details then add in your T-shirt order. You can then pay for them through our secure PayPal page with a credit or debit card.

Don't delay. Order yours now! All orders need to be in by 9pm on Wednesday 25 September.

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Saturday, 14 September 2013

100 teams book their places in next event

Well done to the 100 teams who have booked their places in the next Apex Challenge competition. All their details are now on the team list. It is going to be a fantastic weekend of adventure of 4-6 October at Strensall military training centre near York.

If you are in one of the teams taking part, make sure you check the full event details with all the information you need including the kit list, consent form information and directions to the event centre.

We're really sorry to the 19 teams who missed out on a place in the event this morning. All those teams will now remain on our waiting list and if any teams withdraw over the next three weeks they will be invited to take their place.

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Friday, 13 September 2013

Entries payment system goes live at 10am

Thanks to all the teams who have pre-registered for a place in our next competition which takes place on the weekend of 4-6 October. Pre-registrations have now closed and teams who wish to confirm their place in the event must log in from 10am tomorrow morning (Saturday 14 September) to pay for their entry fee and any T-shirts and other merchandise which they have ordered.

119 teams have pre-registered to take part in the event. It is great to see so many people wanting to take part in what promises to be a fantastic weekend at Strensall military training centre near York. We have space for 100 teams to take part in the competition so unfortunately, not all those teams who have pre-registered will be able to join us.

To confirm your team's place in the event, log on to the event website from 10am. When you click on your team's name on the team list page you will find a link to input your password and pay for your team using PayPal's secure online payments system. You can either use your own PayPal account or a credit or debit card.

Places will be allocated first-come, first-served so log in early if you do still want to take part in the competition. We wish we could take more than 100 teams, but on this occasion that is not possible. Having seen the extra interest in this competition we will be looking at our future event plans in the hope we can design them to take more teams.

Any teams who are not successful in securing a place in the event will remain on our waiting list and places will be offered if any teams withdraw over the next three weeks.

Good luck for tomorrow morning and we will look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the event next month.

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Last few days to pre-register for next event

There are now just a few days left for teams to pre-register to take part in the next Apex Challenge competition on the weekend of 4-6 October. The deadline for completing the online entry form is 8pm on Friday 13 September.

The online payment system will go live at 10am on Saturday 14 September and only those teams which have pre-registered in advance will be able to use their credit or debit cards to pay for their event places and any merchandise ordered using our secure PayPal system when it opens. New teams will not be able to register on Saturday morning.

It is likely that more than 100 teams will have pre-registered by Friday evening so places in the event will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday morning.

The only way to confirm your place is to pay for your team online. To confirm your team's place, click on your team's name on the team list page. Then enter your team's password and click the button to pay for your team. This will take you to our secure online payment page.

We are busy finalising the plans for the event which is being held at the Strensall military training facility near York. You won't want to miss out! Pre-register your team now!

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