Well done everyone who ignored the poor forecast and took part in a great evenings fun running around Antrim Castle Gardens. Thankfully, during most of the event, the rain stayed away, with only poor Simon (who set out the controls before the event), a few late starters and the lovely control collectors who got caught out in a lough side thunderstorm. It will take more than that to put you hardy lot off 🌧🏃♀️🏃♂️🌧💪
🚶♂️🏃♂️🏃♀️ There were an amazing 92 participants in total who took part, 45 of whom were juniors, with a good number local(ish) school children from Ballymena Academy, Dunclug College and Cambridge House Grammar School and Carrickfergus Grammar (thank you James Maxwell for bringing a minibus load of your young people from Carrick). It is great to see such a mixed group of people enjoying our sport. Can we hit 100 participants next week❗
👏👏👏 Special thanks go to planner Simon Gardiner and organiser Sarah Gamble. Other super volunteers who made the event a success were, Sharon Dickenson, Ric Gamble and Matthew Vasey on computers, Henry Montgomery, Peter Gamble, Paul Daniels and Richard Hetherington on starts and other bits and bobs, Alan Gartside for printing the maps and Colin Smith for delivering them, Mark Pruzina and Geoffrey Collins with online registration for other techy background stuff, for the soggy control collectors and others who offered a hand!
🧗♂️ Are you climbing up the June WEE league – Here are the half-way standings (excluding the top three people from May who will already be prize winners):
Juniors: Adam Wharry (36 points), Robbie Mather (34) and Samuel Francey (32).
Female: Stephanie Pruzina (37), Gillian Wasson (36) and Sharon Dickenson (33).
Male: Peter Reed (31), Paul Daniels and Richard Hetherington (both on 23).
Juniors: Penny Niblett (39 points) Abi Vance (38) and Daniel Mullan (35) closely followed by Cara Mullan and Ruby Gardiner (both on 30 points)
Female: Elizabeth Dawson and Kateryna Mahlych (both on 20 points) and Ruth Blair (19).
Male: Gareth Brown (10).
It is tight at the top and we are only half way through this months events, so all to play for!
Looking forward to seeing you all next week at Carnfunnock Country Park near Larne. 👋