In the midst of Storm Callum 19 teams of Guides and Scouts aged 10 to 17 challenged themselves to complete the Clitheroe District Scout and Girlguiding Ribble Valley Silver Boot Hike. The weather was cool, wet and very windy but over 100 young people and a dedicated group of adult volunteers were undeterred – and teams set off for their mission – to win the famed Silver Boot Trophy.

Teams started and finished at Gisburn navigating a 10 kilometre route with five challenges to complete. At each location an unknown challenge was waiting, including building a stretcher, cooking pasta on portable stoves and even defusing a mock bomb. Points were awarded for the completion of the activity and teamwork. Working together as a team on “surprise” challenges and the physically demanding hike were a challenge; teams took approximately 7 hours hours to complete and were all pleased to get back to the hall for some hot food and drink.

Paul Barlow, Clitheroe Scout Commissioner and event organiser said, “This is a great annual event that tests Guides and Scouts initiative and teamwork alongside independently navigating a 10km unknown route. Well done to West Bradford Guides, this years’ winning team.”

The winning team were Molly, Daisy, Meeka and Sophie from West Bradford Guides, impressed the judges with their teamwork, enthusiasm and good manners. Sophie, from the winning team said, “It was a really good day with my friends, even though the weather was awful. We certainly weren’t expecting to win!” Meeka added, “It was hard work, but great for teamwork. I enjoyed the challenges. Come on the Girls!” The guides can proudly display the Silver Boot Trophy for the next year before defending it at the next Silver Boot Hike in 2019.

Congratulations to all the young people who took part, and to Clitheroe Scouts and Girlguiding Ribble Valley for running another successful event. The organisers are particularly grateful to local residents on the route who displayed great hospitality in supporting this year’s event, including use of a car port to cook under which was very helpful given the strength of the wind.