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Essex Scout County Marathon 2012    (10/5/2012)

This years county marathon took us to the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales.

Our team of 6 were all ready to go and pretty excited the weekend ahead. Saturday morning was a buzz every team taking part was getting more ready for the challenge and experience that they were about to face.

Once we started walking we almost made an error immediately because of our over eagerness to get going, we soon rectified our problem before we moved of any further. We were really pressing on with our day and made it to Alpha, Bravo, Delta and Golf all in the first half of the day. The second half of our day brought us a bit of trouble with a non existent path and a steep hill but we still made it with a few minutes to spare.

Up bright and early Sunday morning packed down and ready to go we set off for Romeo base which we made in great time. Heading straight for the second base of the day Mike straight up sugar loaf hill again not a problem.

The problem came when we left Mike descending quickly down the hill to avoid the bad weather coming in. Somewhere along a path we missed a path but we soon recognised our mistake and headed for the nearest base because we had run out of time. Even tough we lost 30% of our points we had an amazing time, completed a difficult challenge, brushed up on some navigation skills and saw some of the most beautiful sights possible.

Fantastic trip! We had such a good weekend and can't wait for next year, The New Forest!

James Willis - Team 109













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