Bristol Scouts have entered teams in the event for over 35 years and amongst our present trainers are many who took part in the event as Scouts.
Our success rate is high and we measure success not only by the number of teams/scouts who finish but the changes they have made personally throughout the training period. In 2016 we entered 7 teams, all teams finished the course, although due to injury 1 Scouts did not cross the finish line. Our objective is to see as many scouts as possible through to final selection irrespective of whether they are a seasoned walker or a novice (as we all were once).
Training hikes are progressive – so there is a need to attend as many as possible starting with the relatively easy ones just to get the legs well oiled. After a series of one day hikes (when the leaders begin to get an idea of the scouts map reading skills as well as physical ability) there are two 2 day hikes – leaving on the Saturday and two 2 day hikes – leaving on the Friday night.
Our aim is to get everyone to increase distance on each walk and (for the 3 hikes on Dartmoor) to show some of the Tors/routes teams may have on the event itself. Dartmoor is just too big and there are too many routes to walk over every potential course. All 35 milers are expected to attend the additional training evening/s which deal with safety aspects of walking on the moor.