Run Rabbit, Run Rabbit, Run, Run, Run
Today has been a day of rest and I didn't even do the 3 Peaks Challenge! No doubt the 106 entrants will be sore and stiff nursing blisters and possibly sun and wind burn.....unless of course you are Tim Ross who is the human version of the energizer bunny! Tim completed the course in an insane time of 1 hour 37 minutes and 23 seconds. It's an incredible time when you think of the terrain and the elevations that have to be endured, as well as the weather conditions. Tim never stopped smiling throughout the day and was cheering on all the other entrants as they crossed the line, and had to be man handled to the presentation area as his energy levels just never seemed to end.
Before the event even got underway we had put on a Pasta Night the evening before, an event idea given to us by legend marathon runner Richard Short, who may I add pipped Tom Blake to 3rd place in a time of 1 hour 44 minutes and 26 seconds. The Pasta Night was a hugely successful night with 40 entrants registering early and being briefed on safety as well as the actual route that they would undertake, and all this whilst being able to load up on carbs. The Falkland Islands Company Ltd who are our official sponsors of the 3 Peaks Challenge opened up the Crozier Cafe from the hours 6-8pm and provided 3 different plates of pasta that flew out the kitchen with 41 plates sold. Home Builder was also open to allow entrants to grab last minute outdoor equipment ready for the challenge ahead. Over £800 was raised on the night and with the surprise total of £157 being given to us from the FIC green tokens it took us over the £1000 mark. We thank our sponsors FIC for all their continued support with our events.
Waking up early on a Saturday morning has never interested me in the slightest and to be honest I do believe the job most suited to me would be night security officer or something along those lines, me and mornings just don't mix. But with much to sort and organise the alarm was set for a half six start to ensure that I was at the starting line to meet the marshals at eight. This meeting time seemed to be lost on a certain Stevie Bennett who rocked up 10 minutes late having missed the marshals. With Stevie always early it was nice to get some jokes in. The wind was gusting quite strong and was raising some concerns as to how the day would go, but come nine o'clock the wind was dropping and the sun was coming out to shine down on the route ahead. The fact we could see the route was a bonus for Matt Newton who could actually point out each mountain during his safety briefing to the entrants. With the bikers (Timmy, Garret, Jason and Damien) out already and pegging out the course and getting into position, it was just a matter for Laura Bennett and Ali Dodd to register any new comers and tick off those that had already registered the night before. Thankfully with the early registration it meant that 106 entrants could be dealt with properly and the start was only delayed by 5 minutes.
Dogs barked and many whoops and cheers were heard as the entrants were sent on their way down the Moody Brook track and off towards the first peak, Tumbledown Mountain. The rabbit and the scout group getting the biggest cheer and laughs as they set off, we believe the appearance of a giant white rabbit was the reason for the dogs excitement! Bets were being placed on the rabbit either being mauled by the dogs, or crossing the line by a chasing pack of hungry dogs....thankfully neither happened ha ha
At this point we had 96 entrants and were impressed with the total. With the individual entrants there were also military teams vying for the spot of best military team on the day and grabbing the Military Challenge Trophy. Then at ten thirty up rocked a few more military teams who had been caught in the road closure delays from MPA, with our admin better we were able to get them registered and set off within 5 minutes, so this was definitely an improvement on last year.
It was quite the sight seeing them all making their way up the track towards Tumbledown Mountain and it was at this point I felt an immense wave of pride roll over me as we had pulled off yet another successful event that is drawing more and more interest. And the greatest thing to know is that its all for an amazing cause, SAMA82. Gary Clement, Chairman of SAMA82 was on scene snapping away and was pleased to see everyone there supporting the event and had great pleasure in chatting to entrants.
The first main panic of the day was hearing the lead runner had hit Two Sisters Mountain at eleven. You would be thinking why would this invoke such a panic, one word.....soup! Soup had been kindly donated by Lookout Lodge via Bonnie Curtis and her team and was due for collection at midday but with the runners hitting Two Sisters Mountain at eleven this meant we needed it sooner to ensure they had hot food at the end of the race. With Laura and myself dashing off to grab the soup it left Matt to oversee the event until Ali had returned. It is safe to say that Rhys Clifford's deathly stare, as we arrived to push for the soup now, was telling us it was not ready. Head Chef Stuart Cruickshank calm as anything flashed up the extra hobs and like a conductor fired out his orders to his team to ensure the soup and the bread rolls were soon ready to go. With this done he even took the time to take myself and Laura on a tour of the Lodge! When we returned 10 minutes later the soup and rolls were ready, packed up and off we went.
Arriving at the finish line we were quickly informed by Ali that Matt had to shoot off up to Two Sisters Mountain as an entrant was needing to be extracted due to injury. Not only this, the runners had hit Mount Longdon......and we had no soup cups! Panic stations once again as I high tailed it down the road to pick up the cups and returned as the second runner was crossing the line.
Thankfully with the soup and medical issues out of the way the rest of the event went along nicely. Entrants were filing back in, cheering, waving and smiling as they crossed the line to loud claps and cheers. All having their own stories to tell to each other and the many holes they had fell in or rocks they had tripped over, to the views they had seen and most importantly the fun they had.
With Gary Clement presenting the prizes to the winners of each category all the entrants tucked into a lovely cup of hot soup and a bread roll. Thanks must also go out to Hillside Camp for allowing us to utilise their hot food containers on the day.
So just like Season 8 of Game of Thrones we shall end this quickly and move to thank our sponsors Falkland Islands Company Ltd, Hillside Camp, Lookout Lodge, The POD Gift Shop, SAMA82, the Marshals (Timmy, Damien, Jason, Garret, Stevie and Cameron), Safety and Comm's Matt Newton and our registration legends Laura Bennett and Ali Dodd and of course to you the entrants. Thank you to you all for making this years 3 Peaks Challenge an outstanding event and one to remember for a long time. We go again next year.
Its Game of Thrones night but I really don't think this last episode of season 8 will ever even come close to what we achieved on Saturday 17th May 2019, 106 entrants and £1807.15 raised to be split between SAMA82 and Falklands Xtreme Sports.
And lets hope the white rabbit wasn't too late for his tea party!