The Chariot Race is an extremely popular event held every year at Bispham Hall Scout Camp, normally during the first weekend in October and is attended by groups from all over the UK.
The basics of the race are that a team of 5 scouts pulls a chariot and jockey around a cross-country assault course in the qualifiers on Saturday with the highest placed 20 teams for Scouts and the highest placed 8 teams (depending on entrant numbers) for Explorers going through to Sundays’ final. Each team must have their own chariot and it must complete the course, but not necessarily in one piece! The racing takes place over a cross-country style assault course with some obstacles thrown in for good measure, the most intimidating of which is the dreaded pond!
After 12 years or mud, sweat and tears (see 2014 video for best example), continuous improvement, scrapping and re-engineering of the chariot this was to be our year of glory…..finally bringing it all together with a new hi-tech chariot and a group of scouts at their physical peak we excelled and came 2nd overall in the Scouts age group due to a tremendous effort on the part of our A team Jon, Liam and Nathan providing the brute strength, and plucky Ryan clinging on for dear life while driving them on over the course just like Lester Piggot and Red Rum in the grand national (and even a liberal dose of the whip on the home straight!).
Determined not to let the side down our B team also put in a great performance qualifying for round 2 and coming in the top 10 scout teams overall…
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