Over 500 members from all around Essex finished their 2 day incident hike in the Brecon Beacons yesterday. This year saw one of the highest turnouts yet, and the best weather seen in Wales for a long time!!

This year’s County Marathon consisted of over 60 teams of at least 4 people each, the ages of the particiipants ranged from 14 year olds on their first big hike, to well weathered 50 year olds! But regardless of age or ability, great fun was had by all.

This year’s location featured two mountains; the Black Mountains to the North, and closer to the Head Quarters, the 596 metre tall Sugar Loaf mountain! Teams who braved the daunting climbs enjoyed stunning views of the Welsh countryside, coupled with a huge sense of achievement.

The main aim of the County Marathon is to get around as many of the 23 checkpoint locations as your team can, the more you get to, the more points you score. To gain extra points at the checkpoint bases you can take part in challenges such as recognising cloud formations, building dice out of jenga blocks, and even Bushtucker Trials!

However, it was not just the walkers who worked hard over the weekend. The County Marathon staff, including support teams, base leaders and first aiders worked hard throughout the weekend to ensure that The County Marathon was a smooth running, and highly enjoyable adventure.

The results from The County Marathon 2009 are available on the event website, here, and a selection of photos from the event are online here