Colchester & Chelmsford Qualifier 21st May 2006 – report.


Wet, Wet, Wet – oh and muddy.


Having been forced by Brian to change from the warmest and sunniest day of the year to the wettest and coldest day on record, this years event did a good impersonation of a mud wrestling contest.

The A station was located in what started as a pretty wood near Stisted east of Braintree.  1,000 meters of blue dummy aerial wire was used to compliment the colour of the Bluebells still in bloom, carpeting the wood. The beauty reduced by the end of the afternoon to a dirty brown quagmire. Richard Witney also started the day in blue (denim), sadly caked in mud by the day’s end. Touch and go if he was going to be allowed back into the house on his return home.

The B station by Birchanger Green was bounded by two streams that ran shallow and clean in the morning, transformed into dark raging floods after the torrents of the day. The operator rescued by the heroism of Andrew Mead who luckily had a very fancy penknife with an inflatable rescue boat on it.


Good signals heard on both stations at the start tempted 13 teams to don waterproofs and head recklessly west or east (depending on political inclinations) into on-coming storms.


As the rain seeped in, madness ensued, one competitor (Roy) finding the B operator’s car at 1.50, overcome, put great effort into running and driving as far away as possible from the station before the next transmission came up.

Luckily Peter Lisle had his family at hand to keep him sane and guide him in and out of the B station, then negotiate the bluebells to find the A station by 15.25, a minute ahead of Roy Emeny who had picked up form after a stern towelling by his navigator Graham. Both qualified for the national douching final later in the year. Peter’s patient spectacle windscreen wiper system was judged a legal modification at the protest committee hearing after the event.

Geoff Foster (Third at 15.26) would have been better placed, but at the last minute tried diving round Ian Butson’s legs, rather than going through them, to get to the B station.


Despite the weather most teams managed to slip and slide into two stations by close of monsoon.


The waters got floodier, but could not reach Saling village hall – so everyone sailed there to de-soak outside and sink tea inside.


Philip G0NXH


Full results:-

PLACE            TEAM NAME                         FINISH           TIME A           TIME B

1                      5          Peter Lisle                 152502           152502           142908          

2                      7          Roy Emeny                152604           152604           142512

3                      3          Geoff Foster              152623           142600           152623

4                      13        Andy Collett               155543           142545           155543

5                      9          Brian Bristow             155803           142550           155803          

6                      4          Gary Parker               155933           143037           155933

7                      12        Bill Pechey                 160657           144446           160657

8                      1          Chris Plummer          161920           161920           152026          

9                      10        Ian Butson                  162032           162032           152648

10                    2          George Whenham    162358           162358           152750

11                    6          Colin Merry                162546           152522           162546          

12                    11        Peter Larbalestier     153229           ______           153229

13                    8          Steve Stone               155641           ______           155641