Where did the idea come from?
We were trying to come with a fund raising challenge that everyone in 1st Claygate Scouts (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network) could take part in. I mentioned that some kind of a trek would be good, then my wife suggested that if we walked the entire Thames Path in a day that would create a great deal of excitement and publicity.
My first thought was 'Well that sounds like the kind of thing, but how on earth can we walk 184 miles in one day?'. Rather foolishly, we sat down with a Thames Path map and a map measuring thingy (called an Opisometer) to create sections of suitable length, and to our surprise, found that it's entirely possible to do this with around 25 teams. We had created longer routes furthest from London for Network, Explorer and Scout sections, a challenge closer to Claygate for Beavers and sections into London for Cubs.
We mentioned the idea to Hugh Gostling and after a cup of strong sugary tea and a short Power Point presentation he seemed to be quite interested in the idea. Shortly after that it was 'All systems go!' to find a suitable date and start planning properly.
I'm sure it's going to be an absolutely great fund-raising day and will engage the entire Group in the challenge. Good job we had a map measuring thingy!