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(56 miles in the glorious Peak District!)
The first full weekend in September

Starts on the first Saturday in September and is organised by the 3rd Hazel Grove Scout Group affiliated to the Long Distance Walkers' Association (LDWA) - Click to enter the Group's site

BULLOCK SMITHY REPORT 2014

‘MISTY MOUNTAIN HOP’
A mixed bag of weather for this years’ ‘Bullock’ with low cloud and drizzle from the midday start until late afternoon. This was then followed by almost perfect clear night-walking conditions under the glow of the ‘supermoon’ until the early hours, when the Autumnal mist descended on the higher ground once again to catch out the later finishers, before the sun finally burnt through on the Sunday morning. Some walkers at Chinely Churn hunted vainly in the mist for the checkpoint, at the location where their GPS said it was, only to realize that it was actually about 30 feet almost vertically below them. Of the 231 starters, 169 completed the route back to the Scout Headquarters in Hazel Grove. Jan Gibson who does a fantastic job with hike entries and registration as well as being Scout Group Treasurer struck the customary anvil to get the hike underway at noon. .
A light, warmish drizzle with low cloud was actually quite popular with many people especially those who now know the route in their sleep. To those first timers who missed the great views from Chinley Churn and Edale, well sometimes its’ better not knowing what you have got in front of you. By early evening, clouds departed westwards leaving clear skies followed by a fabulous sunset. As the supermoon replaced the setting sun, course record holder James Scott-Buccleuch (Stockport Harriers) was out in front on the home straight and on his way to a hat trick of Bullock Smithy’s to finish at 9.18pm. But 2014 was the year of the ladies with Jayne Lawton of Stockport Harriers breaking the women’s course record and finishing joint third overall in a marvellous time of 10 hours 18 minutes to take the Chinley Trophy.
In the team event Stockport Harriers were almost invincible with Lee Barratt, Matthew Townley and Stephen Jones also finishing in 10.18 with Jayne to take the Windgather Trophy. Julian Brown from Macclesfield Harriers who finished second in 9.50 prevented a Stockport clean sweep. Special mention must also go to the amazing 79 year old Christine Usher who bettered her previous time from 2012 by almost three quarters of an hour to finish in 22h15m. Sadly, for the first time, there were no finishers for the Scout section awards and this appears to be the culmination of a trend probably as a result of the younger age range of Senior (Explorer) Scouts. As a result, next year we are proposing to reassign the Axe Edge Trophy to the fastest member of the Scout Association regardless of age. The awards and certificates for all finishers were presented by Angela Massey who is a Beaver Leader with the Group and a tireless worker behind the scenes for this and all our other fundraising events and activities.
Congratulations to all finishers and we hope that you enjoyed the day out. Most of our regular supporters will know that next year is the 40th anniversary of this special event. To mark the occasion we are planning awarding a little extra momento for all finishers. We have already been invited to be part of the 2015 ‘Runfurther series and we are anticipating a bumper entry to help us celebrate this milestone, so get your entries in early for 5th/6th September 2015 at www.bullocksmithy.com .
Finally my thanks to the brilliant team of people who make this event so unique, namely all the friendly checkpoint staff and to everybody else who helped in whatever capacity. Special thanks also to Jerzy Matuszweski (39 completions) who sponsored the Bowstones checkpoint and this will continue on to Chinley next year. If any individual or company would like to sponsor a checkpoint in a similar fashion then please get in touch via the website.

Entries are now open for our 40th event on September 5th/6th 2015 at www.bullocksmithy.com

Steve Holt

..... and the verdict of the participants.......

"Thanks to everyone involved for a fantastic event. Special mention to those lads at Cumberland Cottage, who were just the right people after a soul destroying bumpy, slippery, section in the mist – the soup and good cheer really raised the spirits! But everyone was great and very encouraging. You certainly deserve your reputation for the quality of the event, the organisation and your warm hospitality. It was as tough as I was expecting, but the training paid off, and I was pleased to be still smiling at the end! Next week I will be on holiday in France… and I shall not be taking my walking boots or trainers!!!! I have been bowled over to raise £4100 (cancer support charities) and money is still coming in. Thanks to everyone for helping promote my t-shirts"
Best wishes
Alex Waddington

"Thoroughly enjoyed the long day out! A big thank you to everyone who made it possible."
John Moorhouse