Hikers battle elements to complete Tour de Trigs challenge

The start of the Tour de Trigs at Warriner School, Bloxham. Pictured, Suzie Smith, Ryden Dam and Marcus Smith ready to go NNL-150612-151651009
The start of the Tour de Trigs at Warriner School, Bloxham. Pictured, Suzie Smith, Ryden Dam and Marcus Smith ready to go NNL-150612-151651009

The Oxfordshire and Warwickshire countryside played host to the 24-hour cross-country hiking challenge Tour de Trigs at the weekend.

Sixty teams braved the blustery conditions to participate in the tough endurance event that started on Saturday and finished on Sunday.

Participants faced gusts of winds up to 50 miles per hour on three different courses the longest being 50 miles, 30 miles and a shorter 15-mile course.

Ron Sangster, organiser, said: “Thanks to all the organisations and volunteers namely the Rotary Club, Banbury Charities and Warriner School for their support. Also to Northampton Emergency Aid Team, Sea Cadet Radio, RAYNET, and farmers and landowners for their cooperation”.

Setting out from the Warriner School in Bloxham, the route went as far as Napton-on-the Hill, Ratley, Edgehill and Burton Dassett before returning to Bloxham.

The Trailblazers were the winners of the 50-mile senior course with a time of 17 hours and 31 minutes and comprised of Anne Wade, David Findale and Colin Travis. Second were the Monroe Baggers in a time of 22 hours 25 minutes followed by the Challengers in third.

The 30-mile junior hike was won by the Muddy Meercats with a time of 11 hours 28 minutes and Sort of Walkers were the 15-mile Taster Champions in a time of five hours and 46 minutes.

The hike which started in 1966, involves walkers taking in Ordinance Survey Triangulation Points on the route.

For further information visit www.tourdetrigs.org.uk