PUPILS at Middlesbrough College overcame a series of physical and mental challenges to take first place in the annual Army Inter-College Competition.

The event, held at Queen Elizabeth Barracks at Strensall, near York, saw 22 teams of ten pupils from across the North battling for the top prize.

Those taking part tackled an aerial rope exercise, an obstacle course, a mountain bike challenge, command and leadership tasks, and a general knowledge quiz.

Middlesbrough College's team won a shield for their efforts and each student received a certificate.

Major Richard Boddy, who organised the event, said: "The competitors tackled a range of contests that required the team-based approach that they would experience as members of the Army.

"All the competitors had a great time and everyone certainly went home exhausted at the end of the day."