The day started off rather misty with a distinct chill in the air. First order of the day was to erect the antenna mast at Bodiam Castle, who we thank for their hospitality and the use of some mains electricity.
This was a new event, not just for us but for the organisers as well. We were tasked with relaying lead and tail end runners positions so that road closures could be placed and removed when needed and the organisers knew what was happening and where. We were also on hand to assist with marshalling if needed.
Communications were challenging, to be honest. We are not quite sure why, but the interference gods made an appearance just as the race started. Comms with control needed to be relayed through one or two of our members. The area is very undulating with several farms and homes, not to mention the Kent and East Sussex Railway in the vicinity. Finding out where the interference came from could be near impossible.
Other than the interference the day went well and it was a pleasure to be involved with this new event.
The only thing left is to thank everyone involved with the day. Our Members STEVE M0SSR, ROB 2E0KES, DAVE G7LEL, MIKE M0OFC, PHIL G3MGQ and CHRIS 2E0EOE. The National Trust and their staff at Bodiam Castle who kindly allowed us to erect our mast and antenna, https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle. The organisers for the event for asking us in the first place. http://www.rothervalley10k.co.uk/. And of course the runners who took part, we hope you had a fantastic day.
We look forward to next year.