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
So, using the table above, we have the following results for 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)
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 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 were won by the West, with the East coming second and then there was a fight between the two ‘others’.
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.
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 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…