talks to Phil Whitten ...
A week after the Champs and we're nearly
Cliff Harris and Nowra SES are retrieving
the remaining flags off the course. I have to finalise bills
and balance the books, waiting for costs resulting from the
fire. The big trailer is at Scott's, waiting for someone to
take it to the Paddy Pallin.
Have you recovered? I was certainly worn out
by Sunday night, mentally more than physical.
Negatively, the fire at the All Night Cafe
was a pity. It seems a gas cylinder tipped over and caught
fire through its damaged joint. That fire, in turn, hit
another gas cylinder, burning the seal and setting it on
fire. We ended up with the corner of the tent melted, three
cylinders, the borrowed BBQ and Chris' plastic table beyond
repair, Scott's super-burner repairable and, worst of all,
Debbie's personal belongings ruined. On the bright side,
nobody was hurt. Thanks for leading the fire brigade to the
Cafe and delivering the soup and stew to raise spirits.
Who'd have thought there would be two Cedar Roads in
Bendalong? Some teams had to wait at the cafe for a couple
of hours until they could recover their gear from the
burning tent but nobody begrudged the delay, aware of the
risk. No doubt it was stressful for our team there - Mike,
Debbie, Chris & Miles. I heard that Julie and David (overall
winners) were near there as the fire erupted. They avoided
any delay by taking the 8-hour loop to the north-west,
returning to the ANC after things had settled. That's
Other negatives? Not a lot really. The
weather could have been better - most people got softened by
a shower or two, then again they got sunshine as well.
Stewart Johnstone spent a couple of nights in Wollongong
hospital on his way home ... hope we didn't cause that. I
don't think I'll try to organise public transport again,
prefering to promote car pooling in the future. Presumably
the budget's blown after covering costs of the fire.
Obviously there were comments about leeches and scratchy
bush but we were very clear in our instructions - no false
advertising! We shouldn't have tried to put #69 on Green
Island. After the seas in the last week the sandspit was
gone and it wasn't good getting there, whatever the tide.
On the positives, Admin and hash-house were
exemplary. Having the six-hour finish on Sunday meant there
was a low-stress mood on Saturday evening and we had a great
team keeping food bubbling and tummies satisfied. Scott's
menu and quantities were an improvement on our effort at
Turon last year. The course worked well - people enjoyed the
lake crossing and beaches - and we enticed most of them to
enjoy the beaches. I'm happy that the controls were all
positioned well, despite protests about numbers 74 and 76.
Had lots of compliments since the event.
National Parks were supportive, thanks to
One really pleasing aspect was our team. I
deliberately didn't ask any specific person to "volunteer",
rather hoping that people would respond to my footnotes
about needing help, which they did.
Steve & Eva Thompson did almost
everything: course-setting trips, hanging & collecting
flags, water-drops, hash-house and clean-up
In the hash-house: Scott Hamilton, Ros
Atkins, Kerry Gilmore, Vicki Cooper, Mary Caralon, Kay
Gollan, Jane Reynolds, Sandor Horvath, Deb Stein
Graeme Cooper for event administration
and trailer-packing supervision.
At the All Night Cafe: Mike & Debbie
Hotchkis, Chris & Miles Waring
Some people did the 6-hour event plus
helped in the hash-house: Vince Caralon, Lyn Dabbs,
Glenn Lavender, George Takacs & Pawel
Wagner helped with the course, Michael Bright with
water-drops and safety runs during the night.
And I hadnít forgotten you & Belinda
doing everything. Thank you very much for the excellent
map, all the points you set (even #100), flags you hung,
all the event administration, and everyting else.
It looks like we've run out of places for
seaside 24-hours on the South Coast. Unless we start
re-using areas the next available space must be somewhere
past Bermagui, towards the Tathra area that Julie & David
used a couple of years back.
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