County Explorer Challenge Once again Morpeth Explorers have two teams entered into this years’ Explorer Challenge. For those who have not competed in one before it’s a cycle race with a few more activities….in the past these have included, climbing, backwoods cooking, archery, rifle shooting and various team challenges. Starting from the Borders near Kielder on the Saturday morning and cycling to Tynemouth for the Sunday afternoon. Outline of the Weekend Friday 1st July The even formally starts on the Saturday but we will be camping overnight ready for the 8am start! Please arrive in shirt and necker with your bike and all equipment for 7pm at Hawkhirst Kielder. There will be a kit check, pre race briefing and registration. We will have a night to relax before the challenge starts the next day. Please bring all equipment in two bags. A day sack suitable for the cycle ride and a holdall/large rucksack with all overnight equipment in. Saturday 2nd July After a nice hearty breakfast of high energy food (porridge/musueli etc) the Explorers will get a race briefing going over the checkpoints and weather updates etc and an outline of the route. 9am is the start of the race where teams will be set off at different times. During the event the team will be met at intervals by the supporting leaders who will have water, snacks, and encouragement available for them. Late afternoon the teams will arrive at Greencarts campsite, Humshaugh where we will be camping for the night. Challenges will take part at the campsite before tea and bed! Sunday 3rd July Despite a full on day on the Saturday the teams are only half way there! The teams will be cycling from Greencarts to Whitley Bay Scout Centre, Marden Road South, NE25 8PN following the cycling route along the Tyne. The vast majority of this route is off road on a cycle/pedestrian path (national cycle route 10 http://reivers-route.co.uk/the-route ). Again the support team will assist the Explorers at checkpoints along the route. At Whitley Bay Scout Centre the remaining activities will take place. Please could parents pick up from Whitley Bay Scout Centre, Marden Road South, Whitley Bay, NE25 8PN at 4pm.
Explorer TEAM Challenge It’s a marathon not a sprint! Each team will have a maximum of seven Explorers. At least 4 out of the 7 members must complete each leg. The other three members can have a chance to rest along the route. Camping We will be using two campsites for the activity. On the Friday we will be camping at Hawkhirst Scout Activity Centre, Kielder Water, NE48 1QZ. This is a national Scout Campsite. The midges will be out so bring some insect repellent if possible. On the Saturday we will be camping at Greencarts Campsite, Green Cartfarm, Humshaugh, Northumberland, NE46 4BW. This is a public campsite along Hadrian’s Wall. We will be using the light weight expedition tents which will be transported in vehicles’ between the two campsites. Equipment, Food and Money Please bring all equipment in two bags. A day sack which can be used for activities and a holdall/rucksack with the rest of your kit in which will be transported by the support team. Each Explorer must bring their own bike which must be in good working order and a HELMET. NO HELMET NO CHALLENGE. MAPS NEEDS – if you have 1:25.000 scale maps please bring them along. Kielder Water and Forest – OS Explorer Map OL42 Hadrian’s Wall – OS Explorer Map OL43 Newcastle upon Tyne – OS Explorer Map 316 Each team must carry a First Aid Kit, Puncture Repair, Mobile Phone, Basic Cycling Tools, Water and a Bivvy Bag. First Aid kits can be provided for each team. Food will be provided for the whole weekend which will be high in carbohydrates due to the nature of the activity. Food will be prepared for the weekend by support team and Explorers. If you want to bring money then please do but it is the individuals’ responsibility. Leaders and Adults There will be a number of Leaders/Supporters accompanying the Explorers including: Laura Armstong Andrew Teasdale Jo Freer Patrick Denton
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All participating adults will be CRB checked for the weekend. In Touch The Explorer challenge is required to have an In Touch procedure which ensures there is a system in case of an accident during the event. Each participant will be given each leaders mobile phone number, and the event organiserâ€™s number in case it is needed whilst they are cycling. In an emergency contact with the Scout Leaders can be made through Jeff White on 01670 510017 during the course of the weekend. John will have the capacity to get in touch with us and us with him. If you need to contact any leader please do this through the home contact. First Aid Safety on the Challenge Weekend is stressed at all times and risks are minimised as much as possible, but accidents do happen. There will be a designated First Aider on both sites. Each Explorer should bring with them a personal first aid kit. All Leaders attending the weekend are First Aid trained. Camp Leader The Challenge has been organised by Northumberland County Scouts.
What to bring to bring on the County Explorer Challenge 1.
Yourself wearing suitable outdoor clothing and trainers (for cycling) (NO JEANS or DENIM) Shirt and Necker for the start and end of camp
Day Sack for activities including Waterproofs (Jacket/Trousers)
A small holdall with changes of clothes to include: a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i. j.
At least one extra pair of long trousers Couple of T-Shirts Socks Sweatshirts Something to sleep in Shoes for around the campsite Under clothes Sleeping Bag Roll Mat ANY CYCLING GEAR/CLOTHING FOR THE EVENT
Washing Kit and towel
Torch with batteries
Personal First Aid Kit to include, sun cream, plasters, paracetamol, anti-septic cream etc.
Plastic Water Bottle and Lunch Box.
Plate, Bowl, Mug, Cutlery and a tea towel
Any Prescribed medication
Mobile Phone (only for emergencies)
Plastic bags for dirty and / or wet clothes Please: Ensure that all the items that you bring are clearly marked with your name Bring if you want to: A Camera