Fells Marathon 2020

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, and the suspension of face-to-face Scouting, we have taken the difficult decision not to plan and run the Fells Marathon this year as it is unlikely we could run the event and maintain safe social distancing, even in a reduced capacity.

Wolds Challenge Hike Rules

Like any event, we need to ensure that we are all safe and have an understanding of what is expected, of both leaders and young people taking part in the event.

Wolds Challenge Rules And Entry Conditions

The maximum entry is 75 teams. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis with entry fee and ALL forms required to secure places. We are also accepting entries from teams in other areas and counties.

Teams need to consist of between 4 and 6 members. To be given a placing in the competition, all members that start, must finish.

Non-competing teams may take part in the event, for example mixed Scout / Explorer teams walking the Scout route or Leader accompanied teams.

Young or inexperienced teams can be shadowed by Leaders but will NOT be given an overall team place. This is greatly encouraged and will be great experience for the young people. It can also be used towards other badge work.

Teams must have a Leader in the area of the event as any dropouts will be returned to them.

There is to be NO Leader intervention with the teams once the event has started. There is a large element of trust here as Leaders run some of the checkpoints. Intervention by Leaders, as determined by the organisers, will mean that the team involved will not be placed in the competition.

All team members must complete the medical and consent form and send them in with the team entry form. These will be held by base control and the overnight site to be used in the event of an emergency.

Please make sure that ALL forms are completed and submitted before the event. Forms handed in on the day can slow down check in and mean that teams may set off later.

The check-in will be open from 0800 until 0930 and teams can decide what time they wish to arrive and check in. On arrival, each team will need to check in as a whole team and have their emergency wristbands attached.

Each team member will be issued with an emergency wristband. This wristband is to be worn at ALL times throughout the event as it states the team number and the letter of the participant. It also states the emergency contact numbers that they would need to contact in case of an emergency.

The team will also be given a tally to get stamped through each checkpoint.

Teams will need to get their route signed off by the Fells map control team as it is our responsibility to ensure they have a correctly marked route. 

Please see the route guidance notes that are included as to the standard that is required by the participants.

The route is issued to entered teams by email on the Sunday prior to the event.

The use of GPS devices is strictly prohibited; the event is a test of map and compass skills and route finding.

Event control and the sweep teams will take responsibility for any search and rescue to look for any missing teams.

Each team will carry one mobile phone and will be given several telephone numbers (listed on the emergency wristbands) that they can ring should they need to.

In the event of an emergency, teams must contact event control. All emergency numbers are listed on the wristbands.

Event control will arrange and coordinate any required support via sweep teams, response teams or external agencies as necessary. Parents and Leaders should not be contacted by teams as this can lead to delayed response by appropriate help.

Each checkpoint is manned and displays the standard orange and white orienteering flags and punches. Each team carries a punch card which must be punched at each point. Teams must arrive at each checkpoint together. Remember you are walking as a team.

If a team member retires they will be taken by a support vehicle, back to the centre and handed over to their group Leader. They must not take all of the team equipment with them to lighten the load. The remaining team must still have the required kit within the team.

Each team is responsible for litter and MUST take it with them and dispose of it at the overnight site or the finish. Please remember the country code.

We WILL NOT be accepting entries on the day. Please make sure that all entries are sent in no later than one week prior to the event. 

    The Wolds Challenge and The Fells Marathon are organised and run by Blacktoft Beacon District Scout Council.
    Registered with the Scout Association: 016357. Registered Charity Number: 1148031

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