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SPUTNIK EXPLORER SCOUT TEAM FINISHES THIRD AT WINTER SURVIVAL

SPUTNIK EXPLORER SCOUT TEAM FINISHES THIRD AT WINTER SURVIVAL



Third Place winners Maidstone Winter Survival 2024 Sputnik Explorers.

The results from this years Winter Survival have just been announced and the big news for Gravesham is that we had 3 teams in the top 11 places and most importantly a team from Sputnik Explorers finished in third place out of a total of 40 entries from across Kent. Indeed, Sputnik were one of only 3 teams to complete the 40 mile route and were just over 30 minutes behind the winning team after walking for 18 hours. So congratulations go to Callum Fooks, Harry Jesshop, Oliver Bramble and Lewis Underwood who made up the third placed team. This was Callum’s third, and last Survival and it’s good to go out on a high, particularly as all his team mates were “first timers”.

 

The second Gravesham team home were Jack Williams (Kipling), Morgan Wade (Kipling), Daniel Hofford (Phoenix) and Logan Freeman (Apollo), who finished in 9th. As previously reported this team had to stop at just short of 30 miles with injury problems, but as the result sheet shows they were the team with the highest average walking speed of 2.58 mph. We know that at least two members of this team are already looking forward to 2025 – perhaps they just need to ease up their speed a little?

 

The third Gravesham team of John Behr (Sputnik), Alif Khan (Sputnik), Daisy Drewett (Apollo) and Toby Chapman (Kipling) finished in 11th. They had also covered nearly 30 miles, which was a great achievement as neither John or Toby had been on Survival before.

 

Our final team of Ben Woodgate, Megan Jones and Ember Vincent, all from Kipling, have all had various health issues and had teamed up to enjoy the event and to see how far they could get. They stopped early on Saturday morning, but showed real spirit in taking part. Indeed, I consider that all the Gravesham teams contributed to this good result for the District; there are a lot of training hikes before the event itself and all the teams worked together to help and encourage each other in the spirit of friendly competition.

 

Finally, thanks should go to all the Leaders who helped and supported the team training  – I hope you feel that all those dark evenings standing on check points in the middle of the countryside has been worthwhile.



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Dave Moesli

​District Explorer Scout Commissioner


SPUTNIK EXPLORER SCOUT TEAM FINISHES THIRD AT WINTER SURVIVAL

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