Scouts overcome challenging conditions to complete cross-country course

28 February 2017

Runners taking part in this year’s Lowestoft District Scouts cross-country competition showed pluck and determination as they faced a challenging course with uneven ground and mud – in bitterly cold and damp conditions.

The race, held at the Scouts campsite at Herringfleet on the Somerleyton estate, set the 24 runners the task of completing either a 2km or 3km course depending on their ages.

Organiser Mark Hansen (ADC Scouts) said that he was pleased with the turnout and described conditions underfoot as really testing – with not only water and mud to contend with but also an exhausting uphill section – and on probably one of the coldest days for the race in recent times.

At the finish it was a clean sweep for the 14th Lowestoft group as they took the team prizes for getting the first three of their group over the line in both the under 12’s and under 14’s age categories.

The individual winner in the under 12’s (2km) was Malachi Lawson from 1st Oulton Broad and Tom Sporgen of 4th Lowestoft took the under 14’s (3km) trophy. The Explorers race for the under 18’s was run over 4km and was won by Cameron Hoath.