Action Packed Multi Section Relay
The multi section relay took place in the Peak District over the weekend of 15-16th May based at Ravenstor Youth Hostel. Yet again we were very fortunate to have an excellent venue from which to be based and also the added bonus of some great weather for the weekend’s activities. Saturday morning kicked off with Richard’s runners leaving the hostel and heading towards Carlswark Cavern from Eyam Dale Shaft and a successful handover.
The cave was not one that Paul had reccied but luckily Victoria had found someone to tell us where the intrepid cavers would appear and, although a little later than expected, they emerged smiling into the sunlight. Richard T and Melanie took the opportunity to participate in a new activity ably assisted by Paul, Alison and Isobel. Meanwhile, the mountain bikers made best use of their time taking some humorous photos for the competition. Baton handed on, they then took a shortened route to Wellingtons Monument to pass over to Len’s walking team who headed to Nelson’s Monument on Birchen Edge. Here the handover was to the climbers and also an opportune time for a spot of lunch with many of the relay participants joining up to observe the activities. Melanie opted for her 2nd activity of the day and absailed off the edge, ably assisted by Helen and Neil – interesting place for the baton!!
The next stage was road cycling; it was an interesting start for Martin and Paul as they tried to ride the rocky footpath and James had to be dragged off his sandwich but otherwise it was a smooth transition. Road cyclists then had quite a few miles to do to meet up with the family cyclists on the High Peak trail to hand over to the canoeists on Carsington Water headed up by Barbara. We had been a bit optimistic about timing as the baton had to be handed on again to the road cyclists to return to Ravenstor and I believe a few opted for shorter routes. The family cyclists were also the last back with some of our younger members pedaling nearly 10 miles – well done all round. After the evening meal we adjourned to the lounge for the traditional birthday cake(s) to celebrate Melanie’s birthday and her participation in 4 activities in the day. A fantastic cake had been prepared by Anne Wall with an additional back up chocolate cake. Then the eagerly anticipated games and quiz prepared by Barbara and James - how fantastic that was – and aren’t we all competitive!! Phil managed a bit of multi-tasking throughout the competition and surprised us all with an impromptu film show of the days events all set to music and an early preview of what will be shown at the photo competition in November. A fitting end to a fabulous day. Sunday was another great day weather wise allowing all sections to make the most of their weekend’s activities.
All that remains for me to do is thank the people who made this event happen – James and Barbara Gravenor for the overall masterminding and planning, games and route proposal and then the following people for putting the detail on the various legs of the route: Richard Tait, running; Paul Brooks, caving; Sarah Bridge, mountain biking; Len Pope, walking; Helen Tait, climbing; James G, cycling; Liz Blanchard, family cycling; Barbara G canoeing and Phil Martin, film maker. Last but by no means least, all the SOC members who came and participated and made another wonderful memorable event in our calendar. Roll on 2012!