Teens from across East Lancashire fight off zombies in apocalyptic challenge (From Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
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Teens from across East Lancashire fight off zombies in apocalyptic challenge
A TEAM of intrepid youngsters were awarded joint first prize after being plunged into a countryside apocalypse.
The 10 teenagers, aged 13 to19, beat 100 other contestants by putting their minds and bodies to the test in a treasure-hunt style challenge set by the Lancashire County Council.
The event led them on a gruelling midnight climb up Rivington Pike and a row across a lake while fighting off zombie actors to find items to help them survive a deadly virus.
The ‘From Dusk ‘til Dawn’ initiative was designed to keep young people active, give them the opportunity to make new friends and test their imagination and teamwork skills.
The event used social media sites to give out clues in the run up to the all-night sleepless challenge which lasted from 9pm to 6.30am.
Members of the team, who applied to enter via the service’s website, claimed gold medals along with a team of eight teenagers from Chorley.
Winning team member Lizzie Buckley, 17, of Wilpshire, said: “I enjoyed everyone working as a team, making new friends and the challenge of navigating around in the darkness.
“I would recommend young people to go on next year’s Dusk 'til Dawn, because it's an experience they'll remember for the rest of their life.
“I learnt if people work as a team they can achieve more than if they work as individuals.”
County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for young people, said: “I'd like to congratulate the members of the winning teams but credit is due to all of the young people who took part.
“I saw some of the evening's activities myself and there's no doubt the young people were all highly motivated.
“The scenario was amazing and sparked the young people's imagination.
"This initiative is quickly and quite rightly establishing itself our calendar because it provides those who take part with a series of testing and creative challenges."
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