46th Cheshire Hike a success

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More than 700 young people covered a total of 30,000km this weekend as the Cheshire Scouts' annual Hike competition took place across the county's lanes and footpaths.

Demand for places in the competition is now restricted to 120 two-person teams in each of three age categories, and these were filled months before the Hike was due to take place.

"We're now forced to run a waiting list because the numbers keep flooding in. We're joined by a number of Guide teams, but the vast majority of those taking part are Scouts and Explorer Scouts from Cheshire," said Deputy County Commissioner Dave Hopley.

The Hike began in 1964 and is now an eagerly awaited date in the calendar.

"We have participants as young as 11 taking part who will hike carrying their full equipment for 30km with an overnight stop. The oldest age group will hike a minimum of 53km with the option of adding an extra 5km leg."

The Hike tests map reading and navigation skills, observation and practical skills over the two days, with hikers set challenges at each of the check points.

"The whole weekend is a huge undertaking with, as well as the hundreds of young girls and boys taking part, we need a whole army of adults to man the checkpoints, staff the start and finish, acts as route marshals, look after the evening campsites and generally make sure everyone is safe during their challenging experience," added Dave.

"We're also extremely grateful for the patience of landowners who allow so many people to cross their land over the course of one weekend."

The first hikers set off at 7:30am on Saturday from three start points across the County with the finish at 4:00pm today (Sunday) at Poynton Leisure Centre, a destination which was only revealed when the hikers plotted their route at the start.

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