Mowing results for the seventh scythe festival at Wimpole


Phil Batten

Phil Batten

Here are the scores for the Eastern Counties 5 X 5 mowing competition. For each quality point lost (compared to the highest score) there is a time penalty of 15 seconds (which is rounded down to 7 if there is a half point).

Mower                                       Time                 Quality   Penalty         Added seconds      Adjus

ted time

Phil Batten 0.02.42 7.5 1 15 2.57
Mark Allery 0.02.17 5 3.5 53 3.09
Richard Brown 0.02.41 6.5 2 30 3.11
Gemma Suggett 0.03.02 7 1.5 23 3.24
Ded 0.02.40 5.5 3 45 3.25
Dan 0.02.57 6.5 2 30 3.27
Kevin Austen 0.02.33 4 4.5 68 3.40
Chris Riley 0.03.26 7.5 1 15 3.41
Beth Tilson 0.03.59 8 0.5 8 4.06
John F 0.04.00 6 2.5 38 4.37
Jim McVittee 0.05.06 6 2.5 38 5.43
Mick 0.04.41 4 4.5 68 5.48
Paul Martin 0.05.49 6 2.5 38 6.26
Marl Ricketts 0.06.44 8 0.5 8 6.51
Chris Lambert 0.05.58 3 5.5 83 7.20
Claire White 0.07.12 6 2.5 38 7.49
Simon Lamb 0.07.40 6.5 2 30 8.10
John Reid 0.07.04 4 4.5 68 8.11
Andrew 0.07.46 4 4.5 68 8.53
Amy 0.09.07 4 4.5 68 10.14
Olga Damant 0.10.23 8.5 10.23
Daniel Campbell 0.09.18 4 4.5 68 10.25

So, using the table above, we have the following results for the 5 X 5:

Phil Batten mowing the 5 X 5

Phil Batten mowing the 5 X 5

Phil Batten won the Eastern Counties Shield (he cycled to the train in Wales and cycled to Wimpole at the other end, scythed a quarter acre and the 5 X 5 and then cycled back home… now that’s a real man!)

Mark Allery came second and won the English scythe group.

Richard Brown came third.

Gemma Suggett won the Ladies Cup and came fourth.

Beth Tilson came second.

Claire White came third.

Olga Damant won the Quality cup.

John Reid won the Veteran Cup again !!!!!!

Jim McVittee won the Wimpole Cup (one for volunteers and staff working at Wimpole)

Chris Riley on the 10 X 10

Chris Riley on the 10 X 10

The next race results are for the 10 X 10
There is a 60 second penalty for each quality point lost from the top score. If there is a massive difference between quality and time then quality wins (as it does here between Chris Lambert and Paul Martin).

Simon Damant 0.09.46 8 9.46
Kevin Austen 0.11.10 8 11.10
Chris Riley 0.20.48 7.5 0.5 30 21.18
Mark Allery 0.21.04 7 1 60 22.04
Gemma Suggett 0.21.59 7.5 0.5 30 22.29
Dan 0.22.43 8 22.43
Mark Rickets 0.40.00 6 2 120 42.00
Paul Martin 0.54.27 8
Chris Lambert 0.36.17 3

Simon Damant won.

Kevin Austen came second.

Chris Riley came third.

Gemma Suggett won the ladies (she was the only one, but was competing for fourth place overall)

Mark won the English scythe group (Chris Lambert was the other mower using the English scythe)

The team races

The team races  (Eastern team)

The team races were won by the West, with the East coming second and then there was a fight between the two ‘others’.


Richard Brown undertaking the 1/8 of an acre

Richard Brown undertaking the 1/8 of an acre

The eighth of an acre event was hotly contested  but Richard Brown won with 1 hour and 45 minutes and a quality of 6.5; second place went to Jim McVittee with 2 hours and 4 minutes and a quality of 7; Mark Ricketts came third with 2 hours and 30 minutes and a quality of 5.5; Paul Martin came fourth with 4 hours and 51 minutes and had a quality of 6.

Chris Riley undertaking the quarter acre

Chris Riley undertaking the quarter acre

The quarter acre was more popular this year with six mowers competing for this marathon race. Simon Damant squeaked into first place (not with the fastest time, but a higher quality) with 2 hours and 2 minutes and a quality of 8.5; Kevin Austen was fastest with 2 hours but only scored 7 for the quality; third place went to Dan who also had a quality of 7 but was slower with 2 hours and 53 minutes; fourth place went to Phil Batten with 3 hours and 1 minute and a quality of 6.5 ; Chris Riley came fifth with 4 hours and 38 minutes (his quality was 6.5); finally Mark Allery finished his plot using an English scythe in 5 hours and 19 minutes and a quality of 5.5. Well done Mark!

The head to head between scythe and strimmer

The head-to-head race between scythe and strimmer

The strimmer vs scythe event was contested by Dan Campbell and Paul Martin (both rangers working on the Wimpole Estate). This was a head-to-head race: Dan with the strimmer (just done his strimmer course ) and Paul (who shuns all fossil guzzling contraptions) with the scythe. Paul won 🙂


Special medals were awarded to Dan for being the best improver while another one was awarded to Paul Martin for mowing beyond the call of duty- he did all the events and has improved vastly from last year.

More about the weekend in the next blog…


About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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3 Responses to Mowing results for the seventh scythe festival at Wimpole

  1. Sadeik says:

    Reblogged this on Scythe Association and commented:

    If there are any mistakes it’s the judges fault! seriously let me know and I will investigate


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