Romsey District Scouts were proud to hold a ‘Gun Run,’ the first such event of it’s kind to be held in the UK. The Gun Run involved running 400m, then shooting at 5 targets with an air rifle. They were given 20 pellets per round and the competition, which was entered individually and as a troop team, had three rounds each.

The event, organised by Stephen Batchelor, was a success, with 32 young people from across Hampshire taking part. The young people comprised of scouts (aged 10-14.5) and Explorer Scouts (aged 14.5-18) and included both girls and boys. There were two competition categories: Under 14s and 14-18s.

The Under 14’s category was won by Dominic Hart of 23rd (Golden Jubilee) Andover Scouts, with an impressive time of 10:02. Winner of the 14-18s category, David McFaull, of Tomahawks Romsey District Explorers, said “the day was amazing, challenging and fun. I’m already looking forward to next year!” His comments show that the day delivered the three pillars of Scouting: Fun, Challenge and Adventure.

The winning troop, whose team of young people had the fastest time, was 4th (Netley) Itchen South Scouts. The won with a time of 58:51. Batchelor, the event’s organiser, congratulated all competitors and said he was “impressed by the shooting and enthusiasm of everyone and their buzz as they leave to go home.”


David McFaull, Under 18s winner (above) and 14-18s winner, Dominic Hart (below).


Romsey Scouts holds UK’s First Gun Run

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