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Marathon '68

In 1967 the youth of Huddersfield was invited to take part in a 30 mile sponsored walk around the boundary of the town - Marathon '67 - in order to raise funds for the Cheshire Home at Edgerton. Believe it or not, but this was one of the first sponsored walks in the country - how times have changed.

We raised so much money that the organisers decided that another walk would be held in 1968. For this, I and my fellow 9th Venture Scouts [equivalent of today's Explorer Scouts] joined with the 43rd — and pulled a bath round! Money raised from Marathon '68 was to be used for our and future generations of Huddersfield youths.

The result was that an old guest house was purchased in Kettlewell and subsequently converted into a hostel. The remaining funds were put into a Trust Fund for the running of "Wharfeside House".

Recognise anyone?????

43rd HQ

en route somewhere








Top photo:
Phil Hayhurst [43rd], Dave Ellis [9th], Andrew Hoskin [43rd], ??? [43rd], Dave Calverley [9th]
with Roger France [43rd] in the bath

Bottom photo:
Phil Hayhurst [43rd], Steve Wadsworth [9th], Dave Whitehead [43rd VSL], Martin ["Fred"] Shaw [9th], ???, John Ives [9th], Dave Calverley [9th], Andrew Hoskin [43rd], ???, Dave Ellis [9th]
with Helen Astley [now John's wife] in the bath


Since this Group was closed I keep this site going as a tribute to the Group, its former members, and because of the vast amount of resources I built up over the years. To lose all this would be a travesty. I do all this at my own expense.

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People in unform [Leaders] in general run the activities for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, & Explorers;
In addition there are committees [Executive Committees at Group, District, County, and National levels] to take the weight off Leaders by fund-raising and doind all other jobs which are not directly connected with running meetings;
Each committee consists of a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer plus other members;
The Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer must not be Leaders.
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