|The real winners - the staff and volunteers of 'Home Start Merton'|
|Pudsey with his trophy and Bumper the Mouse,|
who sadly arrived just too late for the race
Arriving to unload the mascot costumes provided the first change of plan as the large marquee next to the arena should have been half restaurant, half changing room. Sadly the non-arrival of the dividers meant it was all restaurant so we had nowhere to change! There was a bit of embarrassment all round but then the commons changing rooms were opened up and we at last had our space. Or at least we did after the lady stilt-walkers were moved next door.
|KNK Kev awards his check to |
Barbara of Home Start Merton
In fact it was the laying out of the course that was causing me most concern as we had a very limited time in the arena. Jumps had to be set out in the correct place and then pinned down to stop any gusts of wind playing havoc. Bunting needed to be positioned to give the poorly-sighted mascots a chance of seeing where they were supposed to be going, sponsors had boards that needed to be placed in sight and any horse poo from the jousting located and dealt with. (There was mercifully little)
Then just before we went in I was told that everything was a little late so we might not have all the time initially allotted! Ha! Nice try! Once we were underway they had no chance of getting rid of us until we were through. Even less chance than that as it turned out as Haydon started stealing the show and couldn't be persuaded to leave, joining in with the dancers that followed us!
But I'm getting ahead of myself...
|Debra the Zebra overtakes Bully with a flying leap!|
Finally the intros were over, the flag was raised, then dropped... and we were off!
With only time for a single lap it all flashed by rather quickly with Haydon taking an early lead, only to be caught by Pudsey on the last bend and then Sam the Dog on the finishing line. Then the splendid cup was presented to Pudsey and we had a few minutes to clear the course again! Of course it's much easier taking it down than putting it up, so that wasn't so bad.
I was able to present all the runners with a framed certificate to commemorate their achievement and Bully even put his on his facebook page along with some really nice photos, so I guess he was happy with that.
KNK Kev also had a date with the volunteers on the Home Start Merton stall as he proudly presented them with their cheque for £250!
All in all I think it went pretty well. We met some new people, raised some money for a worthy charity, tried out the new jumps helped out with Merton's Jubilee celebrations, engaged with the local community and had ourselves a good (if hectic) time!
|Bully the Bull's Certificate. Well done Bully!|