The Kinder, consisting of two walking/running events, is organised on behalf of the Derbyshire County Scout Council and is open to all members of the Scout and Guide Associations, subject to the various trophy categories.
The Kinder Extreme is approximately 30km and the Kinder Challenge is around 16km. The Extreme is aimed at older Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Guides and members of Scout Network. It is a challenge of map reading and stamina in this exciting and rugged area of the Peak District.
The Kinder is a team event for teams of between 2 and 5 (see Trophies and eligibility for details). Times vary between 3 and 8 hrs
The re-routing of the Extreme in 2017, reversed from the previous year, appeared to be a popular decision. We had a record number of teams entered in both events and total numbers were up to 321 competitors from Derbyshire and beyond. Fastest overall time for the Extreme was 4 hours and fastest for the Challenge was 2 hours 50 minutes.
For the first time, we reached the 40 limit on the Challenge and had to turn away at least a couple of entries, so it is important to secure your place by getting entries in early for the 2018 event
My thanks are extended to all the many helpers on the event - the Kinder Committee, Derby Mountain Rescue Team, County Team and fellow Scouters without whom we could not run the event.
We do of course hope to welcome them all back for the 2018 event!
The Next Event
The date for the next event is 14th October 2018 ()
NEW FOR 2018 - IMPORTANT CHANGE
Based on experience on this year's Four Inns, where a competitor sustained an injury on the event, Mountain Rescue had to be called to assist him. Having had the necessary equipment including a 'Bothy' (emergency shelter) this was put to good use and prevented what could have been a much more serious incident.
We have thus decided that it will be requirement for each team to carry one on The Extreme - safety being of paramount importance.
If you don't already have one, we have negotiated a special rate from GO Outdoors and these can be ordered on your Booking Form. Please see Handbook for details.
NAVIGATIONLeaders should be aware, and are reminded, of the need for all members of the team to be able to read a map and navigate - it is not a signposted route!
Kinder Walk (1967- 2018)
The first competition was held in October 1967 for the newly formed section of Venture Scouting. It was organised by the then Blagreaves Venture Scout Unit for Venture Unit teams from the Derby Area. There were a total of seven teams took part, with the winning team being Derwent VSU in a time of 7 hours 56 minutes.
The route was a circular one of 26 miles starting and finishing at Chapel en le Frith by way of Edale, Kinder, Hayfield, Buxworth and Combs. The weather for this first event was rain, rain and more rain!! The entry increased in 1968 to eleven teams with entries invited from beyond Derby, even one team from Huddersfield. Winners that year were Derwent 'B' team in a time of 9 hours 31.
In the early years the route was not disclosed until the day of the walk, a different route being used each year. After a lapse of two years the event was resurrected in 1993 using basically the same route we have today. Over the years the trophy categories and their eligibilities have changed, the current categories reflecting the changes in age ranges in the Scout Association.
In 2008 we introduced the Kinder Challenge in an effort to encourage the younger members both into walking in the Peak and to participate in competitive walking events.
In 2016 and 2017 we made a major change to the Extreme route, starting and finishing at Chapel, heading up to Sheffield Road. The route then goes via Brown Knoll and on to Jacob's Ladder picking up the original route to Hayfield. It then takes the Challenge route via Throstle Bank back to the Finish at Chapel.