Day 2 begins with breakfast at the Exmouth View Hotel, envelopes are handed out and as they are opened and the shopping lists are mulled over I just remembered what I put in them. FACE PAINTING!!! was the subject for breakfast, some filled with dread others strangely excited by the idea of turning up as Spider man or a Hamster!?. All teams set off at approx 9.30am heading for Kingswear, Devon. The first clue took them to the Dartmouth lower ferry, as we took the higher we got to Dartmouth just in time to catch all teams in 2 waves travelling across the lower ferry. Seb as per usual could be heard on the other side of the river Dart then as he disembarked all the way through Dartmouth. Destination 3 day 2 was Cremyll, Cornwall. This destination split the teams up when it came to routes. Balls of Fury got there via the Torpoint ferry and as per usual were in "Stealth Mode" again (we were around the corner visiting relatives whilst they sneaked past), the other teams either crossed on the Cremyll passenger ferry to find the next number or in the case of Sleazy Jet just asked the ferryman what the number was....
Off to Looe,Cornwall for the Crabbing Competition, how many crabbs can each team catch in 5 minutes. We had a clear winner here with Simon from Knappmobeel who with 7 crabbs was happy and also upset with his Dad Ian for not doing this with him as a child (along the lines of misplaced childhood etc).
Due to work commitments Knappmobeel had to leave to Looe and head back for home, so it then became a 5 horse race (not a race as I will get in trouble with Police etc).
Who will get to the Hotel Victoria with the lowest points to win?
First to arrive was Seb and Sarah, Sarah complete with face paint. Minus 15 points
I get to the hotel reception and find Killerviral and Honey Monster there, again with face paint along with the KV's Plymouth Argyle souvenir.
Some how the Killerviral Team had managed to capture Paul_S from Honey Monster in his mirror Superman 2 stylie.
All teams turn up with various face paint designs...from Native Americans, footy fans, Adam Ant and the Sun??
Enjoy the Gallery
Next thing to do now (obviously after a beer or 2) is the Final Scoring, each team join me at the "Scoring Table" overlooking the beach at Newquay. Each team reveal their trinkets (mileage already taken), and the scoring begins.
There becomes a bit of unofficial "Who's got the Biggest Pirate flag" competition, Balls of Fury win this hands down (it was massive).
I sit down out the way of prying eyes (Chris Kempt I saw you trying to spy the results...Shame on you), whilst the other teams regale each other with tales of ferrys and "sea monsters".
After some money had changed hands it was time for the "Final Results".
In 3rd place with 663.8 points was Sleazy Jet
2nd place belongs to Bio Hazard with a very respectable 599.25 points
Then in first place with 554.1 points .... Killerviral.
After the "Results" it was time for more beer then a curry (thanks to Chris for the Champagne...it was a little pricier than the bottle they won)
Next thing to do is thank everyone who turned up for making this a FANTASTIC RUN.
Now planning "Run 2 the Hills" for later in the year....Watch This Space.
Dave and Sian
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Ok then folks, it all started at approx 8.30am on the 5thJune 2010.
We pulled into Portland Bill car park already to find 2 members of the Nissansportz club, team Sleazy Jet (Seb and Sarah 350Z) and team Honey Monster (Paul and Sarah in a bright yellow 370Z). Also waiting for us to arrive (yes we were slightly late) was team Knappmobeel (father and son team Ian and Simon Knapp in their Audi A4), plus Bio Hazard (Nigel and Jayne in a Bio diesel VW Passat).
Next team to arrive in a Cosworth blue Smart Bluewave Coupe (with Viper stripes) was team Killerviral ("Purveyors of Fine Free Games"), Chris Kempt and his faithful sidekick Paul Fryer. Killerviral the Britballrun winners 2007 and runners up by 1 point in 2008.
Last to arrive team Balls of Fury, Karl and the last Sarah (there was 3 Sarah's and no it was not in the rules you had to bring one) in their Peugeot 206.
Once registered they were off a 1 minute intervals. After the teams had read through their shopping lists they headed off to Bridport via Weymouth port for the ferry timetable worth minus 10points.
Next destination after Bridport was the Cob at Lyme Reggis. Whilst here there was a good opportunity to collect more items off the shopping list, ie item from the RNLI shop, some sea shells and off course some beer mats.
Now onto Bickleigh Mill in Devon, this being in the foot hills of Dartmoor (maybe we might be going there?).
Off to Princetown via Crediton train station just as the Dartmoor Ultra Marathon was finishing.
Seb got a mention on the PA system as he and Sarah drove up to the prison museum "That chaps exhaust sounds like it's fell off!" was the remark that made me (then later Seb after I told him)laugh. His car is a little louder than standard (for Tornado jet at full chat!!!).
Seb and Sarah (Sleazy Jet) were the first through and as this was the last checkpoint before the days end venue, decided to grab a bite to eat and take in the sites at Princtown.
Next to arrive at Princetown were the Balls of Fury in their stealth car, they got the clue and passed straight by undetected.
Next car to enter Princetown could be tracked from the moon due to its "Pure Yellow Construction", team Honey Monster. They pulled in behind Sleazy Jet and compared "Tractors" (minus 5 points on shopping list).
Due to the fact Balls of Fury had sneaked past it was decided to head for the days end venue, Exmouth View Babbacombe. We "Fired up the quattro" behind Sleazy Jet and followed them out of Princetown towards Torquay. It was the first time I have ever driven my quattro (with full Scorpion exhaust system) and not heard it due to the explosion of sound coming from the 350Z in front of me.
Finally pulled into the hotel car park around 5.30pm, well deserved drinks in order me thinks....
Balls of Fury already there along with Sleazy Jet.
Bio Hazard and Honey Monster next to complete day 1, followed by Killerviral. No one has seen the Knappmobeel all day, after a number of attempts finally get through to them on phone. Apparently they have a sat nav for a different dimension and it doesn't recognise this plane of existence, mileage should be interesting (and it was).
Scores at the end of Day 1
Honey Monster -109.99 points plus 286 for mileage ...............176.01
Bio Hazard 123.25 points plus 288 for mileage ...............411.25
Killerviral 144.08 points plus 276 for mileage ...............420.08
Sleazy Jet 188.79 points plus 268 for mileage ...............456.79
KnappMobeel 120.5 points plus 376 for mileage ...............496.5
Balls of Fury 329 points plus 288 for mileage ...............617
All checked in, drinks all round then time for food......sizzling steak for me ta very much.
End of day 1
Monday, 7 June 2010
Team Killerviral (aka Chris "Darth" Kempt and Paul "Anakin" Fryer) winning through pure cunning......AGAIN
Well done to the Killerviral Team and a big thanks to all the other teams who made this Run so enjoyable.
Killerviral.....................Chris and Paul F
Bio Hazard......................Nigel and Jayne
Sleazy Jet......................Seb and Sarah
Honey Monster...................Paul_S and Sarah
Balls Of Fury...................Karl and Sarah (there were 3 Sarah's)
KnappMobeel.....................Simon and Ian
Full write up to follow once I have had some sleep....