YOUNGSTERS took on a marathon challenge on Sunday as they joined tree climbing company Goodleaf in raising money for the Isle of Wight Special Olympics team.

The event, which took place at Appley Park, Ryde, saw 2nd Wootton Bridge Brownies, 3rd Sandown Brownies and 1st Ventnor Guides take on the unique task of climbing 40ft up a giant oak tree.

It was hoped that the total height climbed by all taking part would equal the 26 mile marathon length – The youngsters smashed this by a massive 520 metres!

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All climbers were asked to donate just 50p to help towards the costs of the Isle of Wight Special Olympics Team taking part in their national competition during 2013.

Sticker medals were awarded in relation to the heights the children reached, with their tree-soaring heights recorded on the Goodleaf Tree Climbing website,

Further  sessions on July 29, August 12 and September 2.

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