The Results of the Raft Race on Saturday 26th May on Compton Pools, Park Farm
The sun shone down on a great family day at Compton Pools. Thank you to Lizzie and Richard Carris for giving us the use of their land and lake and for providing the safety boat! A big thank you also to Sgt Dom Dudley and the team from DM Kineton that helped to organize the day, to the people of Combroke that provided and served the teas/coffees and cake, to Alan Scorer, Alana Crawley and others who cooked some excellent sausage and bacon on the barbecue and to Nick and Alex Gunn for sorting out the PA system.
Whilst the crowds massed on the bank the watch we had five intrepid teams that ventured out onto the lake and battled it out for the glory of Edgehill Gold.
- The Army Lads (Scott Ellis, Neil Meyer, Leo Hall, Carl Wright, Carl Trenchard, Leo Hall)
- The Army Girls (Jody Baxter, Dom Dudley, Becci Taylor, Katy Appleby, Sophia Day, Helen Seal)
- The Rafty Blighters - Shotteswell (Jane Ablett, Tommy Ablett, David Verinder, Max Dwight, Sarah Tuvey, Malcolm Tuvey)
- The Ratley Rats - Ratley (Kieron Slocome, Alison Bond, Claire Elford, Becky Goodman, Bev Fairbank, Craig Henderson, Carol Ann Mahler)
- The Fighting Close Pirates - Kineton (Lynda Parnell, Elliot Baker, Rob Fox, Chris Mills, Jonathan Wilkes, Edward Mills)
There were 2 stages to the event; a league table where each of the teams raced each other in a head to head battle for points, and a final all out race with all rafts on the lake racing against each other.
All teams entered into the spirit of the event and there were a real mix in approaches to design. It was the design of the rafts that seemed to make the difference in the races. The Army Girls had some problems with their raft, but they showed great spirit and determination and although they finished last in the end, they got one of the loudest cheers of the day for their commitment and enthusiasm.
The Rafty Blighters from Shotteswell had an ingenious raft design with using ladders and gallon sized plastic containers which looked to be a winner, but the Fighting Close Pirates from Kineton, just had the edge on them and in a thrilling final race came home first to take the Gold Medal. The Ratley Rats again had an clever raft design that allowed assembly on site, but they were just knocked out of the medal positions by the Army Lads team who rowed hard to take the Bronze.
The final results were:
The Fighting Close Pirates (Kineton)
The Rafty Blighters (Shotteswell)
The Army Lads
Thank you to everyone who took part or came along to support the event.