JCH Award Winners

At every event we present a special award to a team which takes part in a particularly inspiring way. This is awarded in memory of a great man who inspired the Apex Challenge, John C Hall.

John was a dedicated leader who guided the Apex Challenge team as the event was being developed. He had been a leader in the Sheffield area for decades, and was always known for championing the underdog, striving for success in the face of adversity and always doing it with a smile. It is these qualities we look for when awarding this prestigious prize.

Autumn 2019
Dixie Normous

This team stepped in when a member of another team was left alone and upset by her own team members. They made friends so she could enjoy the rest of the event even if it meant sacrificing their own chances of finishing higher up the leaderboard. They thought of someone else before themselves and were deserving winners of the JCH Award.

Autumn 2018
Barney's Buddies

Barney's Buddies would normally challenge for much higher places on the leaderboard but sacrificed that to support one of their team members who had been in hospital and was determined to compete as best she could. They took things easier, travelled more slowly and put her enjoyment first and were worthy winners of the JCH Award.

Autumn 2016
Frozen & Chill

When they saw another team injured on the first stage of the event, Frozen & Chill stopped to help and ended up carrying someone back to base at their own expense. They finished the event stage 50 minutes late and lost around 300 points. But they showed great team spirit and were still smiling and were recognised with the 2016 JCH Award.

Autumn 2013
Hwan King

This team from Halifax Sea Scouts impressed us with how they took time out of their event to help a member of the Apex chasing team. The chasers are out trying to steal points from teams but when one of them fell over and hurt his shoulder this team went back and helped him up and got him to first aid. A huge thank you and well done to them.

Autumn 2015
The Return of Doran's Darlings

This team has impressed us for years, always trying everything, keeping going and pushing themselves to the limit. On this, their eighth Apex Challenge they had their best ever performance. This year charismatic Sam, took part with his mother, sister and a friend who was new to the Apex Challenge.

Spring 2015
Dumbledore's Army

This award was in recognition of a random act of kindness which put this team at a disadvantage for most of the event to help another team which managed to lose two of their torches within the first half hour of the competition. Dumbledore's Army responded to their shouts for help very much in the spirit of everything the JCH Award aims to reward.

Spring 2013
The Famous Five

This team competed with great humour complete with a dog on a lead and an inflatable fifth person. They made sure all five took part in every stage of the event, including a tough assault course. Although they got plenty of funny looks from locals, we felt The Famous Five summed up the fun of the event, and we were pleased to award this prestigious prize.

Spring 2013
Apex Special Projects Team

Our Apex Special Projects Team spent months planning the spectacular Apex Mountain which provided an exhilarating start and finish for the competition. Most had to learn scaffolding from scratch, and spent more than 12 hours persevering through several setbacks to build this outstanding structure .

Autumn 2012
Bramshill Ninjas

While most teams rely on lifts to get to the Apex Challenge, these students left their three different universities, used at least seven buses, and three trains to arrive at Longshaw asking, "Is this Apex?" with ten minutes to spare before competing with great enthusiasm, friendliness and style throughout the weekend.

Spring 2012
There No 'F' In Cod

These lads, from Anvil ESU in South Yorkshire, impressed us by the way they combined their bizarre outfits with a great attitude towards the competition. Always smiling and having a laugh, they could regularly be seen waddling in character around the event site and even finished in a very respectable 37th place!

Autumn 2011
The Bandits Are Back

These Explorers from Hornsea summed up what teamwork is all about. While members of their team had abilities and challenges in different areas, they worked well together, building on the best of each of their strengths throughout the event. This was always done with a huge smile and we'll forgive them for their bizarre tutu outfits!

Spring 2011
Search For The Holy Apex

This team's costumes must have taken weeks of planning. But not only did they have a dramatic collection of themed props, they also had exactly the right attitude. Keeping all the other teams entertained in their medieval ways, they still managed to finish in an impressive third place in the Network competition.

Autumn 2010
The Forgotten Smurfs

It's certainly a brave way to take part in a tough adventure event, but these three Smurfs managed to stay in character thoughout the weekend! It was not only their brave choice of outfit which secured this award, but their positive attitude and cameraderie. They even made sure they had cleaned away all the blue paint from the showers too!

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