The weekend of September 7th to 9th 2018 saw Hike 100 make a return, one of The Saints Scout Group’s most popular Scout Section events. This year we expanded to include the Beavers and Cubs as well as Dragons ESU.
It all started in 2007 with our “100 challenges for the 100th year of Scouting” – the plan was simple – a relay hike around a route of 100km with people added to and removed as they get tired or want to go and walk a bit more. Traditionally the event has been sponsored to raise money for charity; this year we chose a split between Willen Hospice and helping to fund Jessie and Lilli’s attendance at the World Scout Jamboree in 2019. The way the fees are structured also helps fund those from less fortunate countries to attend.
This year as normal we set out around 8pm including a Scout who was just attending the Scout meeting, with the first main swap around midnight and a number of the Explorers still going strong. But bedtime doesn’t bring rest for everyone, as James and a small team of Explorers carried on into the night, only being swapped out (and supplied with hot chocolate) at our former Wide Games venue at Brickhill Woods.
Saturday saw first the Beavers and then the Cubs join us to help add to the total, completing 8.9 and 9.3km respectively, while the Scouts and Explorers carried on, having stopped for a break at Leighton Buzzard and started a long slog along the canal…with Byron and Callum still going strong (if a bit tired from the overnight!) We were also joined in the hut by Bucks Scout Radio (www.bucksscoutradio.co.uk) who continued to broadcast live for most of the event and kept the Scouts who weren’t walking or sleeping in the hut interested!
Heading into the second overnight, and duly supplied with pizza, the intrepid Explorer team (joined again by some more Scouts) carried on along the towpath, making it as far as Wolverton before, falling asleep on his feet and exhausted, Callum had to head in for a rest…but do not fear, he joined us again at Calverton, where the Scouts headed in and I brought the final team back in to victory and the hut at 5am!
A massive thank you to everyone who gave their time to walk with us, to Bucks Scout Radio for keeping us entertained, and a massive well done to all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers who gave their all to help us complete the 100km (we’re convinced it gets harder each year)!
Some statistics…after a lot of discussion and checking of the route by various means (comparing GPS wobble/jumping against OS and Google Maps), we got to the following…
Total Route Length 108.5km
Beavers and Cubs Additional Distance 17.9km (giving an overall distance covered of 126.4km)
Total number of kilometres walked between us 905.1km
Total time approximately 33 hours
And finally, a well done to everyone for their efforts, but in particular Byron who completed 108.5km with 33 hours on his feet, quite an accomplishment (and he could still walk by Tuesday!) Callum came very close at 97.4km, and Ethan 93.7km – never mind Endurance 80 (great event by the way)? – we win! 🙂
Group Scout Leader