Bowlander Hiking Competition 2014

5/6 April 2014

Congratulations to both of our teams on good performances in this prestigious event.

23 teams from all around West Lancs competed to take home the magnificent trophy made by the late Max Melling, former District Commissioner for Morecambe & Heysham.

Teams are required to plan a route, visiting a number of checkpoints, and have to arrive at each within a limited time window based on their estimated timings within their Route Plan.

The teams reported to the start point at Scorton Picnic site early (very early in our case!) on Saturday 5 April to commence their journeys. The weather was rather dull, the recent heavy rains having made for muddy progress. It was warm but with intermittent light rain. After having an equipment check, the teams set off to navigate their routes of 12 miles; one of our teams going via Harrisend Fell, Grize Dale, Burns Farm, Kelbrick, Calder Vale, Bleasdale Tower and High Moor and on down across the River Brock to Waddecar Activity Centre where they camped for the night.

Our other team proceeded via Scorton, Wyresdale Park, Nicky Nook, Grize Dale, Burns Farm, Barnacre, Calder Vale, Landskill, Cobble Hey, Butt Hill and also down across the River Brock to Waddecar Activity Centre where they also camped.

There was very heavy rain on Saturday night and the teams awoke early on Sunday to a cool,  wet morning. A further route of 6 miles was followed on Sunday taking the Scouts via Beacon Fell, Blindhurst, Bleasdale and back to Waddecar.

When all the marks were added up  our teams finished in a very commendable 4th and 6th places.

Congratulations to the teams on an outstanding performance and for keeping up our exceptional record in this competition.

Thanks to the organising committee for another well-run and enjoyable event and to Chris and Alan for all their support.