Marathon 2023 will take place on the 18th November.

bookings will open in October. You can download last years entry pack here . You can email the marathon organisers for more details. To receive updates about this and our other event Forward, email the webmaster to sign up to the mailing list.

What is Marathon?

Marathon is CUSAGC’s annual incident hike for members of the Scouting, Girlguiding and SSAGO aged 14 and over (that includes leaders!). The challenge is for teams of 4-5 to gain points by visiting as many as possible of 26 checkpoints in 9 hours, over about a 70 sq. km area. Teams are given grid references for the checkpoints and must choose their own route. The majority of checkpoints are unmanned, but teams can gain more point at manned checkpoints where there are further challenges to complete.

Three trophies are available to be won: one for under-18 Scouting teams, one for under-18 Girlguiding teams and one for teams with members over 18 years of age. However, the number of checkpoints you visit is up to you, so it can just be a stroll in the countryside and opportunity for a pub lunch! This makes Marathon Challenge suitable for all levels of ability. Due to the distance covered, time needed to complete challenges at manned checkpoints, and the fact that some navigation may be in the dark, only the very best teams will manage to visit all 26 checkpoints.

Where is it held?

It’s normally somewhere west or south of Cambridge, as we aim for somewhere a bit less flat than the fens – but always within comfortable reach of City. In 2022 it was based in Steeple Morden. Previously it has been held in Potton (2021) Bedfordshire; Radwinter (Essex); Clavering, Essex (2018); Burrough Green, Cambridgeshire (2017); Thaxted, Essex (2016); Steeple Morden, Bedfordshire (2015); 

When is it held?

It is normally a Saturday in the first half of November, depending on Cambridge University Term dates, and trying not to clash with things like Remembrance weekend and SSAGO Rally! Marathon 2023 will be held on the 18th November.

Who can enter?

Any member of Guiding or Scouting aged from 14 upwards is eligible to enter, as are SSAGO members. This includes older Scouts and Guides, Rangers, Explorer Scouts, Scout Network, Girlguiding Inspire, and Leaders/Occasional Helpers of any section. Teams should be of 4 – 7, but if you can’t find other people to enter with, we may be able to place you with a team – contact us if this is the case.

Can I have more information?

Entry forms with more details can be found at the top of this page. Or email at any time for more information.

Can I help?

There is no requirement for leaders to stay and help during the event, but we are always looking for willing volunteers! Let us know if you’d like to help!

Marathon 2021 Report 

Marathon this year was organised by Emma Campbell and Andrew Jenkins, in 1st Potton Scout Hall (which was previously used back in
2014). We were pleased to welcome 58 participants across 12 teams back to the club’s first service event since Forward 2020. It was particularly pleasing to see the event buck the trend of declining attendance in recent years, and all helpers and participants did a great job despite the foul weather.
Our base activities this year were semaphore signalling, a first-aid scenario, a category quiz, and a base where teams tested their coordination by throwing a large number of rubber ducks to one another. Many thanks to all of our helpers who gave up their Saturday morning to come and help
us, especially to all the CUSAGC fogies and post-fogies, to whose experience and generous help all of our service events owe a great debt of thanks.

Congratulations to BEAST SAS who won the adults’ award, and to Vortex ESU who won the Scouting Under 18’s award, visiting more checkpoints than anyone else and beating several adult teams

Andrew Jenkins, CUSAGC Marathon Co-ordinator 2021