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.”
1st Wootton Rooks Beavers helped the homeless of Northampton. Each lodge was asked to bring in a type of food for pack-ups for the homeless in preparation for this weeks session. We were visited by the local charity, 100 Ladles, who talked to the children about being homeless and what the charity does to help them and how we all can help and get involved.
The children made up 100 pack-ups of crisps, fruit, a chocolate biscuit and carton of juice, with a sausage roll or pasty will be added to Saturday night from a local bakery. These pack-ups will be served to the homeless and hungry of Northampton Sunday lunchtime after receiving a hot meal from the charity Saturday night.
Rooks Beavers absolutely loved this session and got a great buzz out of knowing they’ve done a good deed for the day.
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.
Long Buckby Cubs Scouts have been bitten by the recycling bug in a bid to minimise waste. Learning about the environmental damage caused by plastic, the Cubs have taken part in litter picks, planted bulbs in Daventry Country Park, increased their recycling and made a personal pledge to reduce their use of plastic as part of the county-wide SNAPP project: Scouts Northamptonshire Avoiding Plastic Pollution. The project already has 5,000 Cubs and Scouts from across Northamptonshire taking part.
Together the Long Buckby Cub pack has created a recycling centre in Long Buckby village with the Long Buckby Rugby Club, Football Club and many other local businesses supporting their efforts. In their first six months, they have recycled about 11,000 (20kg) crisp packets, 4kg of toothpaste packaging waste and 1kg of Pringles tubes, with plans to collect bread bags and chocolate wrappers. As well as reducing waste sent to landfill, the schemes also provide some additional funds for Cub equipment.
Long Buckby Cub leader Sally-Ann Walden said, ‘I’m so proud of our Cubs. They have taken this challenge to heart and been inspired to make a difference. Five of our Cubs were the first in the county to complete the SNAPP challenge with one even writing to Michael Gove to demand a change in the Government’s attitude to plastic pollution.’