On the 7th February 2015, Scouts from the 30th Abingdon Scout Troop took part in the Winter Challenge and completed the 18-mile hike in about 8 hours. Two of the Scouts write about their experience…
The Winter Challenge was tiring but fun, we had quite an early start time so we left Abingdon at 7am. There were lots of checkpoints on the route, which was good because it gave us small goals and this made it a bit easier. There were places to buy food, I bought a bacon roll and shared sweets with my friends. We finished walking about 4 o’clock.
On 7th February 6 scouts got up very early to be ready to start the winter challenge at 8am. This is a hike from near Swindon towards Didcot. Hundreds of Scouts, Cubs and Beavers from across the county were taking part. It was very cold and misty but we carried on. The bacon butties at checkpoint 3 were very tasty and there were lots of tuck shops selling more chocolate to keep us going. 8 hours later we finally made it to checkpoint 10. 18 miles along the ridgeway. It was a great expedition and I am very pleased to have completed it.