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The Chase walk

For all you hardcore extreme walkers, SUHC takes part in the annual Chase Walk in March. The Chase Walk is a 38.2 mile timed walk around Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, organised by members of the Nationwide Scout Communications Team. Each year the competition features almost 100 teams of 4 to 7 people from all around the UK. SUHC has been extremely successful in previous years.

 
     

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Chase Walk?

The Chase Walk (often just called 'Chase') is a 38.2 mile competitive walk over and around Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, England. The walk is for teams of four to seven people, and takes place on March 14th 2015.

The club has sent teams to compete in Chase for several years and has been one of the most successful clubs at the competition in recent years, winning 5 trophies in the last 3 events and we hope to keep this run of form going this year.

How hard is it?

It's tough, but it's as much a mental challenge as a physical one. Walking 38.2 miles is hard on your body, but so long as you remain positive, anyone in this club is capable of finishing it. Very few members of Southampton teams have ever dropped out during the walk.

I'm not very fit, can I still do Chase?

You dont have to be very fit to do Chase, but you do need to have done a reasonable amount of walking to prepare yourself for a 38.2 mile trek. If you are a regular participant in the club's day walks or away trips and you attend most of the training walks that we offer, then you will be fit enough to do Chase.

I'm not very fast, can I still do Chase?

Finishing Chase isn't about walking quickly, it's about walking at a pace you can maintain for a very long time. That's what we call your 'Chase Pace' and it differs for every person. We select the teams to make sure that everyone is with people of similar walking speeds.

How does a Chase training walk differ from a normal day walk?

To begin with, they will be about the same speed, but a little bit longer, and then over the weeks leading up to Chase, we will make the walking a bit quicker and a lot longer to get you (and your feet) used to walking long distances. By the last training walk, you will be walking over 25 miles (40 km) and anyone who can walk 25 miles should be able to finish Chase.

I don't want to do Chase, but can I still come on the training walks?

Absolutely, although the experienced Chase walkers will undoubtedly pester you to do Chase.

Do I have to do every training walk?

No, but you should make it to as many as you can, especially the longer ones towards the end of February. If you don't attend the training walks, it will be difficult to assign you to the right team.

Does it cost anything to take part in Chase?

You will need to be a club member in order to take part for insurance purposes but other than that and the normal cost of train tickets for training day walks, Chase is free. SUHC is happy to cover the cost of transport to and from the event and entry to the event itself. A cooked breakfast on the day of the competition is included but other food is extra. We can also lend you some of the kit that you required to carry like survival bags, first aid kits, and compasses.

 
     

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Chase Walk 2016



















SUHC entered two teams this year:

Southampton Speeders (Max, Joe, Peter and Owen) did the club proud, finishing 1st overall with a fantastic time of 9 hours 23 mins (the fastest in club history). They not only won overall, but they secured the "Crutch Trophy" for having the fastest team with a member over the age of 25.

Southampton Sloths (Arshad, Jacob, Nicky, and Oliver) finished in a very respectable time of 11hrs 48mins. They won the Knot Trophy: the fastest team of all-newcomers to the race.

So a massive congratulations to both teams. May their success be replicated for next year! :)

 
     

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Chase Walk 2015

Southampton Swallows (Tom M, Oscar, Max, Venushan and President Owen) limped home in a solid time of 12:23, finishing in 4th place in the 18-24 age category.

Southampton Swifts (Tom C, Joe, Tristan, Peter, Iain and James) bickered their way to a time of 10:03, finishing in 5th place overall.

Our illustrious alumni team 'The Undertrained SUHC Crawlers' (Jinks, Jacqui, Andy, Andrew, Alex, Rachel and Ben) showed that they've still got it by pounding in a time of 10:46, winning the Beaudesert Trophy for teams of 7.

But it was our rookie/ladies team, the 'Southampton Swans' (Catherine, Sophie, Rachel and Zoë) who stole the show with a time of 11:21, winning the Knot trophy for fastest rookie team, the Rolling Pin trophy for fastest ladies team and claiming a 2nd place finish in the 18-24 age category. It was also the fastest finishing time for a team of rookies or ladies in over 15 years, which is a pretty decent effort!!

 
     

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Chase Walk 2014

SUHC entered two teams into Chasewalk 2014. Southampton Speeders finished the 40 mile trek in a time of 9 hours and 53 minutes (2nd quickest in SUHC history!!). They received the Boot trophy for the first team with all members under 25. Southampton Sloths finished the 40 mile course in a time of 10 hours and 44 minutes, coming 3rd in the the Crutch Trophy (any member aged 25 or over) and 2nd in the Compass Trophy (male and female members).

 
     

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Chase Walk 2013

SUHC entered two teams into Chasewalk 2013. Southampton Speeders finished the 40 mile trek in a time of 10 hours and 18 minutes. They received the Birmingham trophy for the first team for all 7 members to finish. They also came second in the compass category (male and female members finishing) mixed and crutch category (having a member or members over 25). Southampton Sloths finished the 40 mile course in a time of 13 hours and and 47 minutes with all 6 members finishing.

 
     

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Chase Walk 2012

SUHC entered two teams into Chasewalk 2012. Southampton Speeders finished the 40 mile trek in a time of 9 hours 43 minutes setting a new club record and Southampton sloths finishing not far behind in a time of 10 hours and and 19 minutes. Three trophies were won by the teams, fastest group of 7 to finish, fastest mixed team and fastest 18-25 team. We also came second in fastest team and third in fastest mixed team.

 
     

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Chase Walk 2011

SUHC entered two teams into Chasewalk 2011. Southampton Speeders finished the 40 mile trek in a time of 10 hours and 27 minutes. They received the Birmingham trophy for the first team for all 7 members to finish. They also came second in the compass category (male and female members finishing) mixed and crutch category (having a member or members over 25). Southampton snails finished the 40 mile course in a time of 15 hours and and 36 minutes. They also showed exceptional navigation skills by navigating in the dark of night.

A big congratulations to all SUHC participants. Heres to another gruelling challenge next year :)

 
     

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Chase Walk 2010

The club entered one team, Soton Amalgamation: Jinx, Alex, Alex, Lauria, Danika and Flic.

We all finished in 11 hours and 3 minutes, we came a respectable third and second in the mixed category unfortunately there were no trophies for us this year!

 
     

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Chase walk 2009

Two teams from Southampton competed.

Granny Watchers: Jinx, Alex, Ben, David

Potter legs: Cheddar, Dave, Toby, Colin, Naomi, Aidan

The Results

Granny Watchers finished in a time of 9 hours and 56 minutes. They won no trophies, but most of the team did not care, they were in it to get under the 10 hour mark, and they did it with time to spare.

Potter legs finished in a time of 10 hours and 53 minutes. which is a very good time for a mostly new team. they did not win any trophies but did come close.

 
     

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The Future

Want to take part in next year's Chase Walk?

Information can be found at the Chase Walk Website.

If you would like to find out further information on the Chase Walk please contact walking@soton.ac.uk