As I drove up the valleys things were still looking good until I got to Porth, and as I came around the corner the area that would be the back of the Ice Cream slope and Mickey's was shrouded in low cloud and it even looked like it was snowing. My worst fears were confirmed as I started up the last stretch of road as the was a white coating all over the mountain. As I went up to the Wrecker to check wind direction it was clear I wasn't the only one caught out, as the back end of my car was going all over the place and clearly the road hadn't been gritted.
Now at the Wrecker car park I was greeted with the next problem there was no wind to fix a direction on. As the next fall of snow was approaching I decided to get back into the car and head back to the T junction where everyone else was huddling in cars.
Simon was being very optimistic and after consulting the trusty "Pad of i" said it would soon pass and the wind would picked up.
At this point Joel turned up with Stefan, the reason they had been late was he had been out witted by a Pheasant which resulted in him smashing one of his drive lights on his car. By now the skies were clearing and the wind was starting to pick up as predicted by the Pad of i, putting us on the Ice Cream Slope, so of we trekked.
By 11 o'clock we had the course up and I started proceeding, see as I had sat out of the last completion with a bad back. Martin Newnham took the first round with a 46:07 followed by Simon Thornton with a 48:20 just beating Dave Rumble who clocked a 48:77.
Round 2 would See Mike Evans take the round 45:02 just pippin Martin with as 45:56 and Simon third in the round with a 47:78.
Round 4 saw a new round winner with Joel West (probably recovering from the shock of the Pheasant incident) taking the round with 44:37. Martin was second with a 46:62 and myself taking third with a 47:49.
Round 5 saw Simon back stamping his authority on the even with a 44:03. Mick was second with a 47:52 followed by Dave with a 48:78.
Round 6 saw Ian Mason take the round with a 44:77 with Joel and myself following in his wake with a 45:53 and 46:81 respectively.
Round 7 saw Simon switch to his Fosa and move to the front again clocking a 46:31 followed by Mike with a 47:84 and Stefan with a 48:50.
Round 8 saw condition starting to get a bit light Joel was the only one to break the 50 second barrier with a 49:83. Stefan was starting to make a late charge was second with a 53:14 and Simon was third with a 55:08.
Round 9 saw Stefan take the round with a 43:34 with Simon moving into second place with a 44:04 and Martin was third with a 45:43
Round 10 saw Simon back at the front again with a 48:98 with Dave just getting the verdict over Martin with a 50:03 to 50:33.
Round 11 had Joel pressing for victory with a 49:21 just pushing Dave into second again with a 49:32 and Martin was third with a 52:57.
Simon kept the best till last flying the Fast time of the day a 43:06 to take the 12 and final round. Leaving both Martin and Mike some way behind with a 49:07 and 50:35.
So it really was a mixed day and I have to go back quite a few competitions where we haven't broken the 40 second barrier in a winter league. That said it didn't detract from the results in what turned to be a very interesting day.
Before the results, thanks to everyone who carted the course up to the slope, Martin and Simon for helping in the centre and Joel for help with Buzzing and Ian for being banker.
So as far as the results are concerned even though it was quite a mixed bag for everyone it wasn't such a surprise that it was Mr Consistent who took the day, Simon Thornton. Martin Newnham was runner up and it was great to see the journey man all the way from Switzerland Stefan Bertschi coming third.
So from the frustration of snow and no wind in the morning to a very enjoyable 12 round of F3F, I can't complain!
See you all in a month's time for the final round of the winter league
All the best
Round 4 Results
After 3 rounds with one discard