|Saturday March 7th 1992
Milton Keynes North District Cub Scouts Cross Country
This was the 5th Annual cross Country and for the second year running was held at the Hanslope Equestrian Centre. Much hard work had been done by Bagheera in organising the event with much appreciated help from Mr. Lock, Scouts and Venture Scouts from our Group.
We met at the Headquarters at 9.0am. for Akela to organise the 3 teams entered for the event. This year the Leaders from the District decided to have a race for the under 9½ and one for the over 9½ over a longer course then the younger age group. One team of under 9½ and 2 teams of over 9½ were sorted out and after Akela had motivated our 18 Cubs we set off to walk to the course. Whilst on the walk we limbered up and continued to get ourselves into the correct mental attitude to do our best.
When we reached the course all our Cub Scouts were raring to go and last minute tactics were related to our runners by Bagheera. The under 9½ race was held first with our Venture Scout James Monk running as the hare, we admired his stamina if not his style. Ian Cooper came in first after a marvellous run and from the team’s individual placings expectations were high.
Our A and B teams then set off on the longer course determined to do as well as their younger comrades. Stephen Leathersich was the hare and dug in well to ensure he finished first over the finishing line. Results in from both races, we awaited Paul Swannell ADC announcement of the final placings. There were 9 teams in the younger race and it was announced the 1st Hanslope with 30 points had won with Gifford Park 40 and Two Mile Ash & Great Holm 64 coming 2nd and 3rd respectively. The over 9½ results were announced with our B Team coming equal 7th, Olney 2nd with 74 and much to our delight in 1st place 1st Hanslope A with 55 points. Thus we received 2 shields and much to the Pack’s and watching Parents delight and thus another landmark had been reached THE FIRST TIME WE HAD WON THE CROSS CROUNTRY.
All the Cubs participating had done really well over a gruelling course but 1st Hanslope returned to the H.Q. very contented with their winning efforts.