Adventure in the Dark
The Edinburgh Chase was an annual 15 to 20 mile night navigation exercise that was organised by the Dartford Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Forum and supported by Kent County Council. The Chase was undertaken on foot across footpaths and minor roads in North West Kent. First established in 1972 as a publicity event for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award it had evolved into an event that attracted hundreds of participants of ages 14 and upwards from many parts of the UK.
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The Edinburgh Chase is unable to continue
We have been informed that Kent County Council are unable to continue with their support for the Edinburgh Chase.
The Edinburgh Chase was conceived back in 1972 as a publicity and fund raising event for the Dartford Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme Forum (or Panel as it was originally known). The event today has changed considerably from its origins where the participants were all under 21 and were either taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme or had the potential to do so. Most participants came from the major schools in the area and local scout groups. Now the Chase has no upper age limit for entry, none of the local schools participate and most of the participants are not actively involved in the Award Scheme. With structural changes within KCC and budgetary restrictions they are no longer able to support the event and provide us our essential public liability cover. The Dartford Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme Forum has also changed over the years, no longer relying on funds generated from the Chase and teaching staff members that are under ever greater time pressures making it difficult to support or have an interest in an event that is unique, has a level of risk associated with it (however well managed) and does not fit directly into the Award Scheme.
The organisers who sit outside of KCC, regret therefore that we are unable to stage the event this year. We will of course endeavour to look at alternative ways to manage the Edinburgh Chase but unfortunately it has not been possible for this year.
We would like to thank all of you who have supported the event over the years as participants, managers, marshals or parents and have become part of the Chase community.