They were quick, they were astute – and they were well rewarded!
These determined treasure hunters made off with thousands of pounds of tech prizes after being first to find two mystery boxes hidden in York today (Thursday).
As we reported yesterday, tech giant Box hid two boxes packed with TVs, laptops, PCs, monitors, gaming headsets and a gaming racing cockpit in the city as part of the company’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
The location of the boxes was revealed throughout the day on social media, with the first people to lay hands on them winning the contents.
Hundreds of people thronged to the locations after following the postcode clues on social media.
The first box was hidden in Palmer Street, while the second was found in St Saviour’s Place.
Friends Brandon Kirby-Hirst and Michael Thistlethwaite, both 27 and both teachers, took part in the hunt in their home town together.
They won monitors by iiyama, worth around £1,300, a QNAP TVS-472XT-I3-4G 4-Bay Desktop NAS Enclosure, with a recommended retail price of £2,000, as well as Western Digital HDD and SSD drives.
They also bagged a gaming laptop and a gaming PC by Lenovo Legion, worth £2,500.
Meanwhile, Megan Overton, 24 and a teaching assistant at Archbishop Holgate’s School, won a Thrustmaster TS-XW Racer racing wheel and a Next Level Racing FGT Lite Cockpit.
Later in the day, the improbably-named Hector Sherlock, 24, won an amazing LG OLED evo G1 55” TV, worth around £2,000, as well as MSI monitors and Turtle Beach / Roccat gaming equipment totalling more than £1,000.
The regional manager had travelled from Manchester to take part in the Box Hunt.
Michael said: “This was an amazing competition and so exciting to be involved in. Brandon and I were watching social media avidly throughout the day and can’t believe we were first there.
“It’s an amazing prize. We can’t wait try them out!”
Megan said: “My brother is a big gamer so he will love this gaming wheel and racing cockpit. It was a really exciting competition to be a part of and I loved every second of it.”
York was the first of four towns or cities Box is visiting throughout September with prize boxes.
Mark Jordan, Box CEO, said: “The York Box Hunt was a huge success and caused a real stir in the city. Well done to those who got there first and won some amazing prizes.”