WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Many LRE obstacles are colloquially named after instructors, recalling infamous incidents past, but we struggled to glean the grisly details.
Rounding ‘Tony’s Corner’ at Halewood, Mal Dutton says: “I don’t know the true story behind it, but there is obviously a story somewhere.” I ask if he’s being diplomatic. “I am,” he says, nodding. Phil Sutton lets slip how ‘Gregory’s Hill’ at Solihull got its name, but we’re sworn to secrecy.
Howard White tells me Eastnor is home to ‘Paulo’s Panic’ and ‘Alf’s Hole’, but won’t elaborate. Before tackling our treacherous backwards ascent, I suggest that ‘Howard’s Hill’ has a nice ring. “Not today,” he says, deadpan.