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The Kinder Extreme & Challenge

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 2017 Event

The re-routing of the Extreme, reversed from last year, appeared to be a popular decision.

With a record number of teams entered in both events, and total numbers up to 321 competitors from Derbyshire and beyond, we were well pleased with the results. For the first time, we reached the 40 limit on the Challenge and had to turn away at least a couple of entries, it is important to secure your place by getting entries in early for 2018.

The Next Event

The date for the next event is 14th October 2018 ()

The 2018 handbook and booking details will be available after the 1st May 2018
Click to download the 2017 Handbook for more information about the event

History

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.

Dave MacAlisterChairman