Northants inaugural Marathon Walk took place last Saturday with fifteen teams taking part in total. The weather was kind to the participants with no rain and moderate temperatures.
The event had two categories the first for the Scout Section which was 13.1 (Hunty) miles and the second for Explorer Scouts, Network and Adult teams which was 26.2 (Hunty) miles. Please note a Hunty mile is slightly more than a regular mile.
I am really pleased with the way all teams grasped the spirit of the event with all teams learning something along the way and still smiling at the finish
The quickest full teams around the course were -
Half Marathon – Scout Section – 4th Northampton in a time of 6hrs 58 minutes although 1st Roade with a Team of 3 did finish in 6hrs dead!!!!!
Full Marathon – Explorers and above – Northampton Explorers A – 11 hours 26 minutes.
I thank all participants for their support and look forward to seeing you all back next year.
1st Blisworth Leaders completed Three Peaks Challenge
Leaders from 1st Blisworth Scout Group, based in Northamptonshire, have successfully completed the National Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the Group.
Scout Leaders Steven Smith, Pete Rock, Steve and Michelle Watkins accomplished the challenge climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales – within 24 hours, including travel time.
Local Construction firm R G Cater provided the team with a Van and Fuel, enabling the team to complete the challenge in an impressive 22 hours, 53 minutes and 53 seconds.
Michelle Watkins, a receptionist at R G Carter, said the support she received from the company helped the team take on the tough challenge, saying:
“The Scout Group and I would like to than R G Carter for being supportive and providing us with the transport. Without the van, we could not have completed this challenge in the amazing time in which we did. We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would urge anyone if they get the opportunity to take part to do so.”
So You shaped activities took part in all three sections at 56th Upton Northampton the week before half term –
The Beaver section evaluated all the badges they had completed and then identified some for the coming term – a peg had the name of each badge and Beavers were encouraged to add a piece of paper in the mouth of each peg with a way of contributing to that badge. We like this idea so much that the pegs will remain on the notice boards at our meeting point with a sign saying – Whats the Big idea? And all sections can add something to one of the pegs at anytime.
1st Irthlingborough Cub win Learn To Swim competition
Following on from 1st Irthlingborough Cub Scouts winning the County Learn To Swim competition, I would like to share with you some pictures from our fantastic day, enjoying the prize of White Water Tubing at NENE, which we partook in yesterday. We would all like to extend a huge thank you to the County Media team for giving this amazing opportunity to the young people of Irthlingborough.
Nearly 400 young people in Northamptonshire Scouts got the opportunity to use an activity tracker to monitor their steps as they walked from here to Kenya (virtually) – over 8000 miles.
Being active every day helps us to stay healthy, raise our mood and improves concentration at school, work or play. The virtual World-Walk Adventure was created to promote the physical and mental wellbeing of Scouts and Scout Leaders in the Northamptonshire area whilst having fun at the same time. A total of 370 Young People and their Leaders are participated ranging in age from 83 to 10 years of age. The World-Walk Adventure was a total of 8,265 miles long and after 3 months of walking one team covered an astounding 4,375 miles, making their daily average step count of 12,112 steps for each participant within this group.
Did you come to the AGM last Saturday?We certainly had a good attendance and it was great to see Scouters and Young People from all over the County. The AGM is an important event in the running and governance of the County – so it has to include some serious business but I hope there were plenty of fun bits too. The full Trustees Report and Financial Statements can be found here We had a good turnout from the Queen’s Scouts Award holders, a great District Competition (Grafton District were thrilled to have won), some well-deserved awards were presented along with two Queen’s Scout Awards – looking forward to many more in the coming years... If you attended it would be great to get your feedback – please click here for the online survey We did have a bit of rain – but without rain, you wouldn’t get rainbows! Karen Tonks, County Chairman