We had the most fantastic weekend with 30 of our team campimg in the New Forest. It was one of the hottest weekends in June and I had to travel down to Beaulieu in Hampshire. But its who you know and a few phone calls later I had a lift from York to a pub just off the A34 with James and Nigel from Team Roy. Then Sheila from our team scooped me up to carry on the rest of the journey south. On arrival the lovely Sandra hah pitched our 8 man tepee and I had a bed waiting (so spoilt but I fear this will not last).
That night we rekindled our friendships with a trip to the pub. Then the next two days we split into three teams and began our challenges. The first challenge was forest orienteering and I volunteered to take on the furthest waypoint with Gareth. Gareth announced we would have to run some of it to make the time – crikey, I don’t run (that’s what my horses are for). I am now hooked – we did it….and I survived.
The team treasure hunt brought so much laughter, from borrowing tandem bikes, singing songs, dressing up, tree climbing and human pyramids – we completed all of the tasks. We slightly forgot we were preparing supper that night but being the laid back types we visited the supermarket (once we found it) at 5pm and whoops – very little left on the shelves in this small town. However a bit of quick thinking and knowing we had Kaz back at camp who was a wonder chef we brought a range of ingredients back and the tiniest portion of meat to feed 30. We arrived at camp at 6.30pm and a fulfilling appetising meal was on the table by 6.55pm (well no one complained).
The evening finished with the announcement that our team had won the treasure hunt and therefore the topped the leader board for the day. Claire and I followed by the rest of the team were rather excited and fulfilled my dream by spraying fizz over the team and audience. so we partied into the night before the next days challenges.
High ropes and raft racing followed the next day and guess what – we won those to!
The weekend really worked, after all we will be spending a lot of time together in cramped conditions so taking on all these different activities and challenges cemented our respect, our understanding and consideration for each other. Not only do we have a great team I believe we will be friends for life.