COLCHESTER & CHELMSFORD QUALIFYING EVENT 13/04/03
Map - 169 Ipswich and the Naze.
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Peter and Richard, the TX operators, decided to use the map the opposite way round to last year. This took the emphasis away from guessing which side of rivers people were. However, everyone was given a real challenge by two excellent sites.
Eight teams gathered at the start - Felixstowe (NGR 302357) - tarmac car-park off roundabout by Cowpasture Wood.
Both signals were heard at the start despite some local QRM. A good effort since both sites were close to the West edge of the map.
TX A operated by Peter was located in a densely wooded area around a stream to the South of Hintlesham.
The entrance was inviting!
Despite the recent lack of rain the whole site was composed of thin layer of vegetation covering a bog. The only way to move was quickly! There was one man-made bridge over the stream but Mother Nature provided numerous alternatives. My thanks are due to 'Darling Rosy' for shaking my tight rope (well OK, fallen tree) as I decided, once again, I was on the wrong side. Unfortunately my amusement was terminated by team leader 'Bloodhound Parker' yelling the 'back to the car code'.
TX B 'guiding us' towards Richard was located 20 Km South by Tenpenny Brook, Frating.
There were plenty of clues to the location of the TX and I followed the 500 m of blue wire running down one side of the wood and the 500 m of grey running across the bottom followed by orange running back up the other side then pink running into some really dense undergrowth yes ... ................................... no, just another drum. You have probably guessed that the TX was actually just at the entrance to the wood with an ultra fine wire T into that blue wire. A pity we didn't!
...B...! Andy had been in the wood all afternoon!
The reason while we all do it ... that first cup of tea after a DF.
Tea St Mary's Parish Church Hall, Ship Lane, Bramford (NGR 126 464).
Thanks to Daphne, Caroline and Lisa (how did you get in the picture younger Peter?) for tea and numerous puds, excellent!
PLACE TEAM NAME FINISH TIME A TIME B Rosebowl
1 4 Philip Cunningham 153759 153759 145149 QUALIFIED 9 2 5 Chris Plummer 154257 154257 144234 QUALIFIED 6 3 1 Tim Parker 155056 145220 155056 4 4 8 Rosy Merry 155642 145506 155642 3 5 6 Bill Pechey 161029 151712 161029 2 6 2 Geoff Foster 162838 162838 151455 1 7 3 Steve Stone 152510 ______ 152510 8 7 Andy collett 155650 ______ 155650
1. 2. Chocs.
A most enjoyable event, the only sad note being that Peter said he is likely to move from Colchester to the West Coast before next year. Thanks for all that you have done to keep us amused over the last 20 years Peter. We shall miss you, and cherish the three pictures above!!!
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