Cheshire Hike Successes

3 April 2017

Over the weekend of 1st – 2nd April, five members of the Sandbach Scout Group took part in the Cheshire Hike. This is a competitive, incident hike held annually and open to all Scouts and Guides in Cheshire.

The 2017 Hike was the 51st event to be held.

Cheshire Hike is a real challenge for all those who take part but with careful planning and good training from a team of experienced leaders, the Scouts succeeded in completing the route.

The hike is organised into four sections:

  • Junior (aged 11 to 12½) walk 31 km
  • Intermediate (ages 12½  to 14) walk 41km (with an optional extra 5km)
  • Senior (aged 14 to 16) walk 48km (with an optional extra 10km)
  • Senior Plus (aged 16 to 18) walk 53 km (with an optional extra 5km)

In the Junior section Oliver Hingley (pictured above, left) and Elliot Devenport successfully completed the hike, placing just about in the middle of the 83 teams competing. Sam Cliffe (above, right) with his partner Alex Baldwin (from 23rd SWC Wheelock Scouts) placed 3rd in the County, winning the South West Cheshire District Trophy for the Junior section. They also won the Brian Kershaw award as the team with the highest points score where neither member had taken part in the event before.

In the Intermediate section, Daniel Snowdon (pictured below, right) with his partner Henry (from Over St John’s Scouts, Winsford) came 6th in the County out of 93 teams.

There was further success in the Senior Plus section where Kyle Edmondson (pictured below, left), an Explorer Scout from the Mallory ESU, and a Young Leader in the Beavers section at Sandbach Scouts, won the South West Cheshire District Trophy for the Senior Plus section.

Sandbach Scout Group are very proud of all of our members who took part in the hike this time.