Bath District proud to participate in 50th Anniversary Cotswold Marathon

Date: 13th Mar 2023 Author: Amy Howard

Last month marked the 50th year of the Costwold Marathon, an overnight winter hike over a variety of terrain, which tests teams’ fitness, resilience and orienteering skills. Routes vary in length from 10 to 30 miles.


The first Cotswold Marathon in 1973 was attended by 66 Venture Scouts. This year, over 500 people participated including Explorers from Blaze and Young Leaders Unit, and the Bath Scout Network. Bath Scouts leaders helped with minibus transport and ran one of the many checkpoints. They finished at 6am! “It was a very cold night,” said Group Leader Simon, “but they all did incredibly well.”

Manning a checkpoint.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls