Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019

Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
On the Archduke's Path in Mallorca

Friday, 26 May 2023

Friday 26 May 2023 - Montrose (3)

We are still here in Montrose, but not for long because, as I write, the last of the 270 odd finishers of this year's TGO Challenge, Richard Flint, has at about 4:30 signed in.

Shortly before that, we welcomed the 'Grandad' of this year's Challengers, John Burt (84) to the Garden Room at the Park Hotel. Looking fresh as a daisy, and pictured above with Ali and two Sues, John puts some younger walkers to shame.

With nearly everyone finished, and with others manning all the vital services (tea and coffee, fetching water, logging arrivals, dishing out meal tickets, selling trinkets, etc) Sue and I could afford the time for a walk along the nearby beach.

On return to the Park, we picked up another laggard, Mark Storey, and duly escorted him to the finishing post, where he was disappointed not to be the last to arrive.

Later, after the 'Control' equipment and accoutrements had been dissembled and packed away, some 66 finishers and supporters could enjoy the 'Friday Dinner' in the knowledge that everyone taking part was safe and accounted for.

It was good to see Hamish Brown at last night's dinner, and to have Roger Smith's company tonight.

All in all another very successful event. Thanks go to Ali and Sue for coordinating it.

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