Team Instructions

 

Teams must be at the starting point, at least 20 mins before their start time given on the Team

List, to allow time to register, receive log books and have the details of the Walk fully explained.

Teams will undergo a kit check. The start will be advised.

Proposed menus & the yellow START FORM must be completed beforehand and

handed in at the start when your team is called. In the case of Main Event & Mini-Trek

teams, it must be signed where indicated, by the adult Team Supervisor (not Team Leader).

Please wait in car park until your team number is called. Please park considerately.

The prizes and trophies to be won will be on show at the start.

EQUIPMENT

Teams must be suitably clad for the expedition, which covers approximately 17 miles on the

Saturday (Mini-Trek about 8mls) and 9 mls on the Sunday. All equipment must be carried for

the duration of the walk by the team, except for Teenies, Minis & Veterans who only carry day

sacks which should include a first aid kit. A minimum kit list is given below – NOTE: Teams are

responsible for having appropriate kit for the event:

  • OS EXPLORER MAP 183 (CHELMSFORD & THE RODINGS)
  • [MAP SECTION BEING USED IS EASTINGS 76 TO 84,NORTHINGS 00 TO 13]
  • TENT
  • COMPASS, WHISTLE & TORCH
  • PEN & PENCIL
  • WASHING KIT
  • SLEEPING BAG
  • COOKING EQUIPMENT, STOVE & FOOD
  • CHANGE OF CLOTHES
  • FIRST AID KIT (PROPRIETARY KIT SUCH AS BOOTS OR COTSWOLD OUTDOOR)
  • OLD TRAINERS (FOR WET INCIDENTS)
  • SUN BLOCK
  • HAY FEVER REMEDY (IF REQURED)
  • (OIL SEED RAPE FIELDS WILL BE CROSSED)
  • MOBILE PHONE (AT LEAST 2 PER TEAM)

Carry as light a load as possible!

EXPERIENCE

The competition is strenuous and the going is tough. Physical fitness & stamina training prior to

the weekend is essential. One member of the team, at least, should be familiar with the basic

principles of first aid. For Main Event & Mini-Trek teams, team supervisors are responsible

for ensuring the whole team’s readiness for the weekend, especially with regards to

navigation skills using map & compass, and fitness.

WHAT TO DO

Teams will walk between checkpoints denoted by map references. At each checkpoint, the details

of the next leg will be displayed on the CP board. Each leg will have a target time and 1 point will

be deducted from the points allowed for each 2 minutes late. The target time is challenging and

only a few teams will achieve it! Points will be awarded for each “puzzle”(observation test)

correctly answered, & also for each incident. Puzzle answers must be WRITTEN in the log-book, not given verbally, to avoid others hearing.

Teams will be booked out from each checkpoint 10 minutes after they have completed each

incident. They may leave straightaway, thereby gaining time or rest for the 10 minutes

QUERIES

Any queries with the awarding of points will be dealt with in the first instance by the Checkpoint

Marshal. If the team is dissatisfied with that decision then a written appeal should be handed in

to the Campsite Marshal on Saturday by 9pm or to the Finish Marshal on Sunday by 1pm. The

decision of the WW Committee will be final.

CAMPSITE

The Saturday campsite will be advised.

Visiting staff can also camp on Saturday, but are responsible for their own costs. Please book in

advance. No charge for staff assisting at checkpoints.

Contact details on entry form of website.

FRI EVENING CAMPING FACILITIES

If required, these will be available advised. Please book in advance. Contact details on entry form of website.

INSURANCE

The Waltham Walk holds Public Liability insurance for the event through The Boys’ Brigade insurers. Personal Accident insurance is only provided through The Boys’ Brigade insurers for registered BB members. For other teams, personal accident cover may be provided by the organisation the team is affiliated to. Independent teams need to consider their own PA insurance.

ENTRY FEES

We regret the entry fees are NOT refundable to those not starting.

FINISH

The finish will be advised where hot food will be provided for teams between approximately noon and 2.30pm. Again this year the meal will be Bar-B-Q style, and will not include chips! The prize-giving, lasting about half an hour, will start around 3pm, once the points have been calculated & checked, and certificates written.

VISITING STAFF

In view of staffing shortages we are asking all competing groups to try and provide at least 1 person to give 4 hours help at a checkpoint Saturday or Sunday if at all possible. Please advise Len Field of your availability ASAP.

EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER

There will be an emergency phone number in operation for the whole of the weekend. Please make sure this emergency number, is entered into all teams’ mobile phones before the Start, to save time and entry errors at the check-in desk.

SAFETY PROCEDURES

The Waltham Walk Safety Procedures will be displayed on the notice board at the Start. Copies are available on request. 2 person Mini-Trek teams & 1 person Main Event teams (resulting from team members dropping out), will be directed to walk with another team, for safety reasons, rather than on their own. Original log books will be retained.