Paula and I were looking forward to Witley MCC Wallop enduro, not only was I entered in my first event for 6 months, the venue a country estate had never been used before.
It takes a lot of equipment to time a time card event, we usually run four timing towers at the time check (start finish line) and three at the special test one acts as backup. With only 80 very oversubscribed places available it was going to be a good test if the live timing worked on the website and more importantly was it reliable.
We turned up at this stunning locating on Saturday near Basingstoke and started to figure out the time check layout, no problem with the amount of space available. The drive to the special test was a couple of miles down so fireroads and rutty farm tracks, and so it turns out I had no signal on my phone, Paula had signal but very slow data connection....there goes the “live timing” idea. We set up as much equipment as possible to make Sunday less frantic and went out on the bikes so Paula could learn the quickest route between all the timing equipment.
After a very early start Sunday morning, once arrived we finished putting up the rest of the equipment and set up both computers just to make it easy to download the data. The event run smoothly, the timing was solid as normal and it was good to be back on the motorbike and doing my favourite type of event.
Results were put out a couple of hours later, all the software worked perfect, after a long tiring rewarding day.