The Hurdlestone Challenge was started over twenty years ago by a small group of Scout & Guide Leaders in South Devon who were inspired by a similar, but much larger, event called the Malvern Challenge.

The original organisers were David Wright, Bill Wright & Jeanne Langridge all of whom have been involved in Scouting and Guiding in South Devon but as Hurdlestone has grown in popularity, so has the number of people organising the event.

The event is held over a weekend, starting on Friday late afternoon with arrivals and registration, Saturday being the Challenge Day itself and Sunday FunDay being occupied with Arts and Crafts and presentation of prizes. In previous years our Fun Day has included Bouncy Castles, Climbing wall, rifle shooting, tug of war, 5 aside football and archery.

An action packed Saturday is in store for those taking part. Teams of between 4 to 6 members set off for the day visiting a number of challenge ‘bases’ located around a ‘circular’ course of around 8 to 10 miles in Teignbridge District in South Devon.

The base could be a physical challenge such as an Aerial Runway, Water Challenges, Archery or Rifle Shooting, or it could be a test of your map reading or first aid skills. There are around 13 bases in all, located around the course. Each base is reached on foot across a mixture of roads and footpaths and across private farmland. Your team will score points at each base and the team with the highest points score at the end of the day will win the Hurdlestone Challenge Trophy. Prizes are also awarded to those teams who scored the highest score on each of the bases, although no team will receive more than one prize.

Apart from the Scouts and Guides taking part, support is available from a 80 strong Service Crew of active members of the Scout & Girlguiding members who are aged 14 or over.

So if you are aged 14 or over and a member of Explorer Scouts or a member of the Senior Section, you could always help as Service Crew.