Thank you to all for 2017 Yomp suc­cess

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - INTIMATIONS - Dear Edi­tor Bob El­lis, Blair­gowrie

In my opin­ion the 2017 Cat­eran Yomp was the best yet.

This was my fifth Yomp and I now have two gold, one sil­ver and two bronze and have set my sights on an­other sil­ver next year.

But this an­nual event would not be able to go ahead with­out the many vol­un­teers who this year braved the rain, which was quite re­lent­less at times.

At each water stop and check point the vol­un­teers had a smile, en­joyed a bit of ban­ter and gave en­cour­age­ment to each of the par­tic­i­pants. This kind ac­tion is what kept many go­ing and they all need to be thanked. As I passed each of them, I noted that they were all ages, some as young as 14 and some well into ma­tu­rity.

The whole or­gan­i­sa­tion of the event was fault­less from start to fin­ish and Andrew Hast­ings and his team at True Grit Events have to be thanked. Also Steve Oat­ley and Louisa Or­ford and the ABF Sol­diers Char­ity once again made sure that reg­is­tra­tion went smoothly.

The route was un­der water or two inches deep in mud in many places but the par­tic­i­pants car­ried on in or­der to achieve their goal.

Lo­cal path group, BRAN, had played their part in mak­ing sure that some of the trail had been cut and more di­rec­tional posts were in place.

A last minute di­ver­sion had to be put in at Auch­in­ta­ple Loch as tim­ber work had made the track very dif­fi­cult. But here Andy Bar­rie of Perth and Kin­ross Coun­try­side Trust, which man­ages the Cat­eran Trail sorted out the di­ver­sion. PKCT also toured the route and as­sisted with help­ing par­tic­i­pants who didn’t have their own sup­port.

So it was with­out doubt a great suc­cess and the new start and fin­ish at Bogle’s Field was well laid out and a per­fect venue, so thanks to the Blair Oliphants for al­low­ing the event on their land. I am not sure though whether the par­tic­i­pants wel­comed the very steep start once they had crossed the Dunkeld Road!

It has been said to me that we in Blair­gowrie should pos­si­bly do a bit more in wel­com­ing the Yomp and Yom­pers - this is some­thing that I would agree with and I will look into it for next year.

But in the mean­time once more can I thank ev­ery­one from the vol­un­teers, the spon­sors, the many or­gan­i­sa­tions who made the event pos­si­ble and to the par­tic­i­pants for a great event and hope­fully see you again next year.

Huge ef­fort Ev­ery­one played their part in the suc­cess of the 2017 Cat­eran Yomp

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