Report by: Matt Gibson
Date: 28th January 2024
The event is organised by leaders from the 27th Derby (Chaddesden) Scout Group. The Wilmot Wander is a 32 mile (58 km) open event for both competitive walkers and fell runners, as well as individuals and groups/clubs who wish to complete the course as either a personal challenge or for the pleasure of walking as a group of friends.
The route starts and finishes at 27th Derby Scout headquarters (Meadow Lane, Chaddesden) and circles Derby. It includes strenuous hilly sections (not by Sheffield’s standards – the route feels generally flat with only 1600ft of elevation), field paths, parkland and canal tow paths (swamps too).
Due to the distance to be covered and terrain, considerable stamina will be required.
The event has two classes of competition – walkers and runners.
Matt Gibson was the sole Strider and he finished in 6 hours 19 minutes. The fastest finisher on the day was Jonathon Kinder in 4 hours 40 minutes.
Full results here.