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55th Cleveland Hike

Wednesday 18th December 2019

The 55th Cleveland Hike took place in June, with 35 teams taking part over the course of the weekend. This year’s event was the first under a new partnership with 8 Rifles Battalion of Catterick Garrison, who had been looking for an event to test their cadets and young soldiers. The combined skills, expertise and resources of the two sides meant that they were able to support each other in their goals.

Competitors were able to participate for just a single day, with a 22-mile route on the Saturday and 14 miles on Sunday, or take part in the full weekend. The weather was especially hot with temperatures touching 30°C so teams were allowed to leave their main kit and only carry emergency items, food and water to prevent heatstroke whilst walking.

The presentations were started by buglers from 8 Rifles and worship was led by Revd Rob Desics, lately Captain of 1st Hemlington and Padre to the Cleveland Cadets Force. Congratulations to 15th Luton, winners of the under 19 age group, and 7th Altrincham who won the senior event. Well done to all participants!

Planning is already underway for next year’s event which will take place on 20th and 21st June 2020. For more information go to theclevelandhike.com

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