16th Morecambe & Heysham Scouts

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BOWLANDER HIKING COMPETITION

5/6 April 2008

Congratulations to our team on winning this prestigious event for the second year running. 22 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. Some of the members of last year's team also won the Explorer trophy representing Lune Valley Explorer Scout Unit, making it a memorable double.

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.

 

27 teams, from all around West Lancashire, 22 from the Scout Section and 5 from ESU's, reported to the start point at Jubilee Tower near Quernmore on Saturday 5 April to commence their journeys. The weather was none too kind with a fierce icy wind sweeping across the moors coupled with intermittent showers. After having an equipment check, the Scout Section teams set off to navigate their route of 12 miles going via Hare Appletree Farm, Damas Gill, Lower Moor Head, Meeting House Farm, Ortner and Knowsly and on through Dolphinholme and down the Wyre Way to Guy's Farm, Forton where they camped for the night.

Explorer teams went initially via Grit Fell, Rakehouse Barn and Moor Bottom Farm before joining, at Meeting House Farm, the route taken by the Scouts to Guy's Farm.

The teams awoke early on Sunday morning to a hard frost - Harry reported having to exit his tent underneath the flap as the door zip was frozen solid! Some difficulty was experienced in packing away the tents as the surfaces were coated in ice. A further route of 6 miles was followed on Sunday taking the Scouts via Ashbournes, Scorton, Park Gate Bridge, Sykes Farm and Lordshouse Bridge and back to Guy's.

When all the marks were added up our team came out as winners of the main event, for the second year running, with the Lune Valley ESU team also winning the Explorer section.

 

Congratulations to both teams on an excellent performance and for keeping Lonsdale's flag flying. Thanks to the organising committee for another well-run and enjoyable event.