Duke of Edinburgh

Duke of Edinburgh

Hat Trick for Hand Picked Hotels in The Duke of Edinburgh Challenge



(Left to right) David Booton, Andy Smith, Mark Clayton, Tracy Nichols, Nigel Rumsey, and Steve Day from award-winning hotel collection, Hand Picked Hotels, show off their winning trophy after a gruelling Duke of Edinburgh challenge in the Peak District 15-16 September 2012 .

The Duke of Edinburgh team of six managers from Hand Picked Hotels, the award-winning collection of 17 architecturally splendid country house hotels, has won The Duke of Edinburgh (the DofE) two-day challenge for the third consecutive year.

The 2012 event, which raised more than £13,500 over a sunny weekend in The Peak District saw 13 teams from across the UK trek through tough terrain over a course of 30 miles. Olympic-style competitions including kayaking and archery also challenged competitors vying for first place.

With an exceptionally fast time and great scores for kayaking, archery and volleyball, Hand Picked Hotels were strong competitors from the start and stole the trophy on the final day. Hand Picked Hotels’ team raised more than £2,000 for the DofE charity. Amey and British Gas put in silver and bronze performances respectively, taking second and third place. Mark Clayton, DofE Team Captain and General Manager of Crathorne Hall Hotel, near Yarm, North Yorkshire, said: “This year was exceptionally tough with each and every member of the team running almost the whole time on both days. The point scoring system has changed, so it was much closer on the final day, but we all gave it 200% and are delighted to have retained our crown.”

This month also saw Hand Picked Hotels win the coveted AA Large Hotel Group of the Year 2012-2013 in recognition of consistently high quality of service, hospitality and guest experience. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is the UK’s leading youth charity, raising the aspirations of young people and developing them for life and work so they can fulfill their potential and have a brighter future.


For more information about Hand Picked Hotels, visit www.handpickedhotels.co.uk or call 0845 458 0905. Ends Media enquiries to: marion.hardman@fourcommunications.com or 07961 578 401 or 020 023 9030

About Hand Picked Hotels

Hand Picked Hotels, created by former City lawyer Julia Hands, is the leading collection of architecturally splendid country house hotels - built for pleasure and continuing a centuries-old tradition of offering guests an indulgent yet attainable country house visit, with a contemporary twist. The award-winning hotels are renowned for exquisite food, fine wines and bespoke service by Hand Picked people in stylish, relaxing surroundings.

There are 17 classically British hotels in rural settings across the UK, with locations ranging from the New Forest and Jersey to the Cotswolds and Edinburgh. Hand Picked Hotels has won an impressive number of awards, with 16 hotels awarded two AA rosette status and Norton House Hotel in Edinburgh recognised with three AA rosettes. Eight hotels have achieved red star status which means they are ranked within the AA's Top 200 hotels in the UK & Ireland. Seven of the hotels have spas offering the latest therapies and treatments to promote wellbeing and relaxation.



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