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St George was a Treasure Trailer!

The patron saint of England is St George and today is Saint George’s Day!

For many people in England, today is an ordinary working day, although this year with it being so close to Easter, some people may still be on holiday. The 23rd April is the traditionally accepted date of St George’s death in AD303. His parents were Greek Christians and his father was an officer in the Roman army. George also became an officer in the Roman army and although he is the patron saint of England, he wasn’t English and there is no hard evidence to suggest that he ever came to England.

Crusaders were early Trailers!

St George was a Treasure Trailer!When the first crusaders set off (calling themselves ‘pilgrims’), they wore large red cloth crosses, hence the subsequent naming of ‘crusade’, originally derived from the latin word ‘crux’. As pilgrims, the original crusaders saw themselves as undertaking an armed mission or pilgrimage, and the ‘taking of the crux’ all the way to Jerusalem symbolised their vows that would only be fulfilled upon reaching their destination. The first crusade was 1096 to 1099 and the popularity of St George seems to rise with the Crusades. He was reported to have appeared during the battle of Antioch in 1098, although the first church in England to be dedicated to him was earlier than this, in Doncaster, in 1061.

King Richard I (the Lionheart) of England adopted St George during the Third Crusade (1191-2) and he became the patron saint of England during the late Middle Ages. In 1415 Henry V used him to rally his troops before the battle of Agincourt and in the 15th Century St George’s Day was as popular as Christmas!

So where did he do his Trailing?

As well as England, St George is also the patron saint of umpteen other places and whilst it is hard to identify exactly where he travelled to he is associated with various countries including Aragon, Catalonia, Ethiopia, George, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal and Russia. Interestingly he is also the patron saint of several cities – Amersfoort, Beirut, Bteghrine, Caceres, Ferrara, Freiburg, Genoa, Ljubljana, Gozo, Pomorie, Qormi, Lod and Moscow. This isn’t a definitive list as there are other places included in different sources.

Scouts, soldiers, archers, cavalry and chivalry, farmers and field workers, riders and saddlers amongst many others all also claim him as their patron saint. With thanks to Project Britain for the information!

He is always depicted as a knight carrying a shield with a red cross (or a banner with a red cross), generally sitting on a horse and always killing a dragon!

St George was a Treasure Trailer! - Brinsop ChurchRemember St George when you are out and about this weekend.

English Heritage has a whole list of events associated with St George happening this weekend. Or you could make your own entertainment, by going out on a Trail dressed as St George and carrying your sword in case you meet any dragons along the way!

Upload your St George’s Day photos onto our facebook site – we’d love to see them.

Sources: Wikipedia, Project Britain, Britannia

23rd April 2014

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8 World Records

Did you get a copy of our recent newsletter with details of the top 20 Treasure Trails World Records?  Got us to thinking about other world records in the world of exploring and walking!

Bonkers8 World Records - Treasure Trails World records

There are some totally bonkers world records like “fastest time to walk 100 yards wearing swim fins while simultaneously bouncing a table tennis ball on alternating sides of a table tennis paddle and juggling two tennis balls”, which is apparently 1min, 49.5 seconds and if you want to watch the guy who holds the record doing it, then just click here!

Dangerous

And then there are the dangerous ones, like the man from India who walked 10 meters backwards while carrying a 50 kilogram cement bag with his hair!

Arm Walking

Is it really walking if you use your arms!  Last July, Alicia Weber arm walked 340 feet on bars in five minutes.  And she set another world record for the furthest in one minute too!  Or what about walking on hands – is that really walking? Michael Martin thought so; he walked on his hands for 50.43 seconds although his record has been broken!

Surely this can be broken?

Talking of breaking, there is a world record for the oldest walking stick – 63 years. Darryl Learie inherited the oldest walking stick from his grandfather, Jalmari Vastaama. Vastaama was a Boy Scout leader and created the stick in 1948 with the Boy Scout emblem and year. Search your attics; there must be a walking stick older than that.

Exploring

The first person to achieve the explorers’ grand slam was Young-Seok Park (South Korea) who reached the North Pole on foot on 30 April 2005.  The grand slam involves climbing the highest peaks on all seven continents (the ‘seven summits’), the 14 peaks over 8,000 m (26,246 ft), and reaching the North and South poles on foot. His quest began when he reached the summit of Mt Everest on 16 May 1993. That is some exploration!

Lots of people8 World Records

The largest simultaneous walk was organised by the Green Communities Canada and involved 231,635 participants who walked for a minimum of 1 km (0.62 miles) at 1,011 different locations around Canada on 3 October 2007. Our Gold Partner, London Street Games was involved in the ‘Most Participants in a Treasure Hunt’ world record in association with Team London 2012 Ambassadors.

Treasure Trails Records

Have a look at our world records and if you think you are a record holder upload your suggestion and image to our facebook page.

9th April 2014

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