Humber Night Challenge

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    Neil Harvatt

      A message from John Butler, the HALO organiser for the Night Challenge:-

      In previous years you have been very generous in giving up your time to help out on the Humber Night Challenge which, as you know, is a particularly high profile event organised by the Humberside Police, the Humberside Fire & Rescue Service and ourselves.

       Your help in previous years has been very much appreciated and the purpose of this message is to ask you to give a hand at this year’s event which is on the evening of Saturday 5th March and the early hours of the following day starting and finishing at the same venue as the last five years, Brantingham Park (the home of Hull Ionians Rugby Football Club) in the East Riding.

       We are expecting some 150 youngsters aged between 13 and 17 from East Riding, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire in 30 teams to tackle 19 kms of night orienteering, mainly off road, with a number of challenges on route.  The teams are recruited through Neighbourhood Policing Teams from young people they know and youth and community groups they work alongside.  The aim is to include young people who may not have had the opportunity to take part in this kind of outdoor experience, have little experience of the countryside or know what opportunities are available.

      This will be the 7th year that we have been one of the joint organisers of this event which we have always seen as a way of giving something back to those members of the community who are not so fortunate as ourselves.  We certainly don’t do it for money but as your Treasurer I cannot ignore the fact that HALO has received grants totalling £2,800 from the Tribune Trust in the last 6 years as a direct consequence of our involvement.  

       As last year HALO is responsible for the route, maps, registration, navigation training, start, controls, finish and the results so we will all be inside the Club House dry and warm during the event (apart from those who put out and collect the controls!) and we will organise shifts, depending on the number of helpers, so that you don’t have to be there all night (unless you really want to!)

       I look forward to your positive response, by the end of this month if possible as the Police are already chasing me for the names and addresses of the HALO helpers.


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