"SNOWMAN" DF - THE
Despite the inclement weather which threatened to
cancel the event, Sunday 2nd February dawned dry and bright, and 7 teams
assembled at Long Melford Green for the 12.50 p.m. start.
Two good signals were received at the start, so 5
teams set off for the weaker station A, G4KQE/P located on the Gipping Valley
River Path, 25km East of the start. The other 2 teams headed for station B,
G3WMM/P located 10.5km South-East of the start in Assington Thicks, although
so strong was Station B that many thought he was much closer to the start.
All was very quiet at station A until 2.32 when
the first competitor arrived, hotly followed by the other 4 in the next 6
minutes. Similarly at station B all was quiet, so Mike had just enjoyed a cup
of coffee and was just about to water the horses, when in the distance he
spotted Colin and Rosie, so had to dive back into his hide. Richard then
appeared from nowhere to show Colin the way. All was then quiet for
another hour and a quarter until the rest of the pack all piled in within 5
minutes of each other.
Meanwhile back at station A it had stayed dry
until about 3.30 p.m. when a few spots of rain were noticed, so the polythene
sheet was hastily thrown over the bush, upon which it started raining harder
and even hailed for a minute or two. With some snow still on the ground, and
hail during the event, the Snowman certainly lived up to it's name this year.
1. Tim Parker 1535.10
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The Merry method for finding Mike Hawkins
2. Graham Phillips
3. Phil Cunningham 1539.40
4.= Peter Larbalestier
4.= Roy Emeny
6. Colin Merry
7. Richard Witney 1601.50
Congratulations to the winner, Tim, who was
presented at the tea with the Snowman Trophy, and commiserations to Richard,
who was the first person in the afternoon to find any station, but then missed
the footpath leading to station A. He then made a detour, leading to an extra
half a mile run down another footpath to reach the station.
An excellent tea was enjoyed at Pat & Mikes,
starting with Pat's legendary home-made soup, where the events of the
afternoon were recalled. The organisers are particularly pleased, with
all competitors finding both stations, we hope you all enjoyed the afternoon.