For full County and District results and a video from this
year's event, click here.
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
"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,"
"We're also extremely grateful for the patience of landowners
who allow so many people to cross their land over the course of one
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.