Thunderbird 2011 – The Results!
The annual Thunderbird competition was once again a great success, with seven teams taking part from the five Scout Troops in Blaydon District. This year was the usual mix of walking and navigation on the Saturday and Sunday, with more than 30 incidents at various check points at an overnight light weight camp, with marks being awarded for camping standards, dinner and breakfast and for various challenges and entertainment in the Saturday evening.
Held in and around Blanchland, the competition is now in its 47th year and is a firm favourite with Scouts and Leaders alike. This years event was marked by some unusually warm weather on the Saturday, with temperatures in the low 20s (degC). Sunday was more to form with rain showers for most of the day and a blustery wind up on the fells, but all teams managed to compete the competition.
There was a significant spread of points across all seven teams, but places were close at the top, with the ‘Fair Field’ team from Crawcrook Troop winning by a narrow margin. This year was almost a clean sweep for Crawcrook, winning the main Thunderbird tropy, the Crazy Bird trophy for the most entertaining team and have a stake in the Joe Stobbart Trophy for the best Scout, which was again shared this year. Full results are given below.
Well done to all the teams who took part and a big thanks to the more than 30 Leaders, Explorer Scouts and other supporters who helped make this years event possible.
1st (Thunderbird Trophy Winners – 564 points) – Fairfield
2nd (557 points) – Scafell
3rd (554 points) – Blencathra
4th (490 points) – Helvellyn
5th (484 points) – Catbells
6th (480 points and winners of the Crazy Bird Trophy) – Great Gable
7th (418 points) – Pillar
Winners of the Joe Sobbart Trophy
Jack Harrison – Ryton Troop
Daniel Minto – Crawcrook Troop