ENERGY, courage and integrity were in abundance at King’s Ely’s annual Martin Doyle Endurance Challenge on June 14th.

The gruelling and fiercely-contested timed event pits teams of two King’s Ely Senior students from each House against each other in a physically challenging combination of running, swimming, canoeing, climbing, slacklining and an assault course.

The annual competition was spearheaded in memory of Kit Martin-Doyle, one of the founders of Ely Scheme Outdoor Education. While most independent schools have an outdoor pursuits programme, the Ely Scheme is both unique and central to the whole King’s Ely experience, as young people are given tangible opportunities to push themselves to achieve beyond anything they ever thought possible.

The Ely Scheme aims to build important life skills that cannot always be taught in the classroom and the Martin Doyle Challenge inspires students to come out of their comfort zone and face a host of physical pursuits in a controlled environment – including a 5km run, a 3km canoe, climbing, slacklining, an assault course, a 100m swim and a memory test. The total time is then taken for each team of two.

This year’s winners were Withburga House (Lucy Lott and Grace Morris), with a time of 1 hour 28 minutes and 33 seconds, and School House (Charlie Watson and Alex Scarborough), with a record setting time of 1 hour 12 minutes and 42 seconds!

Congratulations not just to the winners but to all of the students who competed – Emma Maris, Mimi Hughes, Rebecca Daniel, Emily Tomkins, Rahera Greatrex, Natsuko Noguchi, Rhys Phillips, George Jobe, Joseph Beeney, George Collier, Robert Dunlop-Brown and Callum Hall.

A huge thank you also to all of the staff and Pupil Instructors who gave up their evening to assess and run the event, as well as to all the spectators and Hereward Hall BBQ.

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