This year I decided on a change of format from previous years and settled on a Steeple Chase. The participants had a list of 14 churches in alphabetical order that they needed to put into a logical order and then visit to answer a question.
Altogether there were 34 members taking part. We met at Checkers Diner with the intention of setting off between 11:30 and 12. After plenty of head-scratching and map studying everyone set off. I had my Mum with me for a bit of company and we decided to visit a couple of the churches and take some photos before cutting across country to be at the finish before everyone arrived.
George, Doreen, Peter, Chrystal, Martin and Eileen had beaten us to the finishing point, Paper Mill Lock at Little Baddow and were enjoying some refreshments when we arrived. We had lunch and then went for a nice walk along the side of the canal, almost getting as far as Boreham before deciding we really ought to head back and see if any of the others had arrived.
When we arrived back at the car park we found Paul, Tony and Jamie with their heads under Tony Bâs Spitfire bonnet. It wouldnât start, the battery was flat. Jump leads are one of the few useful things I carry in the boot of the TR7 and we tried to give the Spitfire a jump start, but it didnât want to know, but it started very easily with a push. I wouldnât wish a breakdown on anyone, but I must say for once I was thankful that it wasnât me with trouble!
I think everyone that took part enjoyed themselves and from the answer sheets Iâve had back so far, it looks like itâs going to be a very close run thing.
Thank you to everyone for participating and making all the organisation worthwhile.