Aboyne pupils up for the challenge

Nine Aboyne Academy pupils have raised over £200 by taking part in the Badaguish Youth Outdoor Challenge, which raises money for activity holidays for children and adults with special needs.

The pupils, from S4, were sponsored to take part in a two-day trail-finding event at the Badaguish Outdoor Centre near Aviemore.

Aboyne Academy was the only Aberdeenshire school to enter teams in the Challenge.

The annual two-day event is designed for 14-18 year olds who have to navigate around a countryside course in the Cairngorms National Park, of around 12 to 15 kilometres each day. The pupils were able to meet new friends, learn outdoor skills, try team-building activities and have fun, whilst supporting a worthy cause.

The enthusiastic group arrived at the Badaguish centre where they had to set up camp for the weekend. On both mornings, teams set off at one-minute intervals to navigate the demanding course and try to return to the centre in as quick a time as possible.

Fifty two teams completed the event this year and Aboyne Academy’s ‘Team Michael,’ finished in fifth place overall. Oliver Ford-Bryant, Michael Forsyth, Cameron Wood and Struan Gordon were pleased with this placing.

Team ‘Bears’ also won their category for the quickest mixed team home, finishing in 7th place overall, and Rory Sheldon, Andrew Hardman, A-J Fyfe and Georgia Walton were delighted, having had to change their team at the last minute at the start of Day two.