With preparations now in full swing for the 2018 Downsman, I would like to take the opportunity of saying a quick hello on behalf of the new organising committee. Before doing so, I wish to pay a deserving tribute to the retired organising committee. Chaired by Richard Sullivan, they have done an outstanding job of running the Downsman and have left us with massive boots to fill.


The Downsman has a rich heritage dating back to 1967. I am fortunate enough to have had some great Downsman experiences of my own. I have competed as a Venture Scout and then again, some 20+ years later, as an adult leader and thoroughly enjoyed it.


Similarly, the new committee has a wealth of Downsman experience, we have entered teams, trained teams, manned checkpoints and competed in the event. We are now enthusiastically getting stuck in to our new roles and responsibilities.


This year will see some exciting changes, we are not quite ready to start publishing details just yet, but over the coming weeks we will start to release bulletins on our website and social media. This will then be followed by the full publication of the 2018 handbook.


Finally, the Downsman is open to all members of the Scout Association & Girlguiding UK, to include young people and adults alike. We hope to see as many teams as possible on Saturday 6th October.


Best Regards

Chris Searle

Downsman SASU Committee Chairman

West Sussex Scouts


Committee Members: Chris Searle, Sharon Coulbeck, Richard Shoubridge, Dave Hays, Scott James, Keith Waller.


The 2017 event was another big success.

The winners were as follows:

Class A: Mid Sussex Network – 17 hours 28 minutes
Class B: 272 Explorers – 13 hours 25 minutes
Class E: Trident ESU – 8 hours 34 minutes – A NEW RECORD
Class E Mixed: Trident ESU – 11 hours 41 minutes
Class S: Challengers (Mid Sussex) – 5 hours 48 minutes – A NEW RECORD
Class V: No team completed the event
The Waghorne Trophy was awarded to the Service Crew of Team 1, Mid Sussex Network

In addition, 23 teams completed the Open class

Full results are available from the link in the left margin of each page.