Gorge Champions 2019

Thursday 4th July 2019

Cheddar First School won this years Gorge Championship organised by the Mendip Hills AONB Unit. The second rock-based school sports day took place on 14th June in Cheddar Gorge. Five local primary schools competed to be the Gorge Champions. 

School-children from Cheddar First, Fairlands, Banwell and Churchill had to complete a caving and climbing challenge, walk a slack-line, conquer team building games in caves and a rock-based quiz in Cheddar Gorge. Each school was judged on their teamwork, leadership and communication; the three qualities needed for successful adventures.

The Gorge Championship is organised by the Mendip Hills AONB Unit to ensure local children can try rock-sports, which the Mendip Hills are famous for, all free of charge. The event was organised in conjunction with the National Trust’s Top of the Gorge adventure festival.

Jim Hardcastle, manager of the Mendip Hills AONB, said, ‘Our congratulations to Cheddar First School for winning and we look forward to them defending their title next year. The weather wasn’t great and we were really impressed with all the children that took part. One of the special qualities of the Mendip Hills is the visible geology, this has led to the area being a really important caving and climbing destination. We want to make sure local children try these sports as early as possible so they can carry on the rock sport tradition of the area.’

The winners of the Gorge Championship 2019 from Cheddar First School, being presented by Jim Hardcastle, manager of the Mendip Hills AONB.

Thanks to Cheddar Caves & Gorge for generously supporting this event. The Gorge Championship 2020 will be on Friday 12th June followed by the National Trust’s Top of the Gorge festival on the 13th and 14th June.