Last night World+Dog wanted to run in the morning. Some of them twice. With the good conditions of Friday, though, everyone went flat out like hell maximum attack and consequently many of the faster outfits opted to sit it out. We poor unsung volunteers, though, still had to get up at five o'bloody-clock to accommodate the less bone-idle. Bah! It was warmer than Friday morning and pretty much flat calm over a lot of the course. The important wind speed, though, is down at timing and there it was gusting above and below the limit. Mostly above, sadly, as only Christien Veelenturf and Teagan Patterson made runs under legitimate conditions. This was a chiz as Damjan ran a personal best 78.6 mph.
|Eivie's crappy old Ford van having to work hard to keep up|
|And now a word from just about everybody...|
With everything done and dusted by nine o'clock we had plenty of time in hand before the debrief to watch Al Krause eating pancakes. At the Colt this time, just as a change from the Wol. After the meeting it was the by-now traditional photoshoot in front of the spiffy electromagickal sign, which the Natives are wont to call a "marquee". Or possibly a "marquis", à la Française.
Bram and Annette Wielermaker are here this year supporting Delft in general and #1 son David in particular. To which end they have hired a substantial RV. The creepy picture in one of the windows was asking for it:
They've probably got Sergeant Aten out with his book of tickets again at the moment but frankly I'd rather finish typing this and then
I did hang out in the spectator area tonight. The timing system played up to delay matters, doubly so when Jun found that the spare cable was 50 metres too short to reach the timing beam at the start of the traps. And in any case the wind stubbornly refused to drop below the permitted level at timing; at start and catch it was flat calm. Which was a chiz because Gareth exceeded his own day-old record with a 73.54 mph run and Barbara did 75.71 if I've read my writing correctly. Yes. Yes, she did; Jun has just put the results up. Rik was unable to run as Velox IV had a Fairy Visitation during Christien's run and they apparently failed to get the offending wossname out of the tyre.
|Ellen van Vugt at 63 mph. Note ambient light and wind conditions, and this was in the second of the three sessions...|
|Jan-Marcel is characteristically serious|
|The Scousers: Pat is Interested while Ben gets Mardy...|
|The Crims L-R: Vadim, Alexey, Calvin, Christien, Rik, Damjan, Ellen, Gareth, Barbara, Jan-Marcel, Alan. Todd concealed behind the Sarge. Greg still hasn't had his from 2012...|
|L-R: Teagan (50), Vadim (55), Alexey, Peter (both 60), Christien (65), Rik (80)|
|L-R: Peter, Greg, Gareth|
|L-R: Christien, Barbara, Ellen|
|L-R: Todd, Rik, Damjan|
|Al & Alice Krause, may their House be Free From Tigers|
|Jan-Marcel, Thomas and Erika test the medals for CHOKLIT. Scott Wilson gatecrashing in the background.|
On Flagging: Many of the riders do this even before reaching the timing traps. However... A few years back it was Decreed that henceforth we would have to have properly certified people to man the road closures rather than just any old herbert in a hi-vis weskit. Thus we have had, for a Several of years now, the services of the inestimable Kristi and Geri-Ann (did I spell those names right, Ladies?). Following the odd incident involving arsey motons and the ranch roads, this year we have two new flaggers, Rebecca and Rose. That they are Kristi's sisters is entirely incidental. We wouldn't be able to run at all without these wonderful and very funny people, so thanks a million and I hope you'll be able to keep helping us in future.
- "Thin Air", book six of the increasingly inaccurately-named "Shetland Quartet".