Sea scouts lead the way in the Brow Hike

Brow Hike winners 2012 Christopher Hale, Thomas Hammond, George King and Molly Meek
Brow Hike winners 2012 Christopher Hale, Thomas Hammond, George King and Molly Meek

TEAMS from the 12th Halifax Sea Scouts made history when they secured the top three places in the 2012 Brow Hike.

The winning team was led by last year’s winner George King, of Skircoat Green, Halifax, who also won a team leader award

And, for the first time since the hike started in 1963 the winning team included a girl, Molly Meek, of Savile Park, Halifax.

The Brow Hike is a 21-mile competition hike over two days and follows the old Sowerby Bridge parish boundary - Sowerby Bridge, Norland, Triangle, Mill Bank, Boulder Clough, Midgley, Luddenden, Warley and Sowerby Bridge.

Teams of four from scouts and youth groups aged between 11 and 15 must have a combined age of no more than 56.

The youngsters carry their own kit with packs weighing roughly 20 pounds and camp overnight.

They are scored out of 1,000 on speed, pitching tents, problem solving team games, physical challenges, current affairs quizzes and team work.

Seventeen teams entered which included five from the 12th Halifax Sea Scouts.

12th Halifax Sea Scouts Master JR Clay said said he was immensely proud of his teams.

“We put a huge amount of effort into preparing for the event and it paid off,” he said.

“Young people today are to easily labelled as ‘computer loving, fast food junkies’.

“I hope we have dispelled that myth. To make history as well, was simply the icing on the cake.”