New Plymouth Girls’ and Boys’ High Schools Win Torpedo 7 Hillary Challenge Final

New Plymouth Girls’ and Boys’ High Schools have won New Zealand’s most prestigious secondary schools adventure-race event, the Torpedo7 Hillary Challenge Final, for the 11th time in 18 years.

A hotly contested competition amongst secondary schools from throughout the country, the five-day Hillary Challenge Final ran last week at Hillary Outdoors Tongariro Centre in and around the Tongariro National Park. 96 students from 12 schools competed in a series of adventures including trail running, mountain biking, rafting, high ropes and orienteering, a two-day rogaine-style wilderness expedition and a 50k multi-sport event.

“The Hillary Challenge Final is considered by many schools to be such a prestigious event that they put a lot of work in, starting at the junior level and developing students so they are ready for the challenge,” says Darren Ashmore, Hillary Outdoors Event Manager. “The schools are rewarded with senior students of the highest level, both academically and athletically, who often end up in top student leadership positions. There is always a very high percentage of school head boys, head girls, prefects and real thinkers and doers who know how to motivate themselves and lead others.

“This is the 11th time in 18 years that the New Plymouth team has lifted the Hillary Challenge trophy. Every other year they have been second. The team gave a strong performance over the final three days to overhaul the Whangarei Girls’ and Boys’ High School team who held the lead heading into the expedition stage. Whangarei held on to finish second overall, with Waimea College from Nelson taking third place and securing the final automatic spot in the 2019 final.”

The Hillary Challenge Final attracted close to 40,000 Facebook and Instagram followers supporters over the period.

Teams competing in the Hillary Challenge Final qualify during 6hr hour Adventure Races in the North and South Island. The 2018 Torpedo7 Hillary Challenge 6hr Adventure Races qualifying races will be held on 27 May (Geraldine) and 24 June (Rotorua). The next Hillary Challenge Final will be held in May 2019.