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125 young people take on The Kilbryde Hike

Friday 3rd August 2018

31 Teams competed at this year’s Kilbryde Hike in hills near Crawfordjohn, South Lanarkshire on 9th and 10th June 2018. The Hike, run by Glasgow Battalion, is an annual competitive two-day adventure challenge in the hills of South Lanarkshire and East Ayrshire. In the senior categories, teams covered a gruelling 29 miles and also had to negotiate a series of additional checkpoint incidents, including two water-based challenges. Winning this year’s Senior category was a team from 2nd East Kilbride Company.

In the ‘Expedition’ category, covering 20 miles, another team from 2nd East Kilbride, also clinched the title. Teams from 25th Stirling Company, triumphed in the ‘Junior’ title and also in the ‘Incidents’ category for their problem-solving skills at the checkpoint challenges.

Member of the winning Junior team, James Carter (14) from 25th Stirling, said “I am very proud of my team. We trained very hard for this event and I am very happy we won the title. The Kilbryde Hike offers a great experience. It gets you away from your phones and devices, out into the wilderness – an environment many kids don’t get to enjoy. It’s something you will remember for a very long time. It’s not easy. The checkpoint challenges are particularly tough. But the Hike is definitely one of the many great opportunities you get in the BB.”

This year’s event attracted a total of 125 young people from 31 teams and also included members from Girls’ Brigade Scotland and Scouts Scotland.  For many, this year’s Hike was their first – and for some – their first taste of such an environment.

Next year's Hike, which marks 50 years of the event, takes place over the weekend of 8th & 9th June 2019. Find out more at kilbrydehike.bbglasgow.org.uk

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