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Supporting The 2015 Collas Crill Walk

Early doors 4.00am Saturday 20th June 2015

I turn up at “St Catherines” to find a few of my fellow club members had already arrived and were helping to unload the walkers bags from the truck that moved them en-mass from the start point at St Helier – time to get stuck in – the scouts (who also provided the refreshment stand – bacon rolls hot beverages) were also getting stuck in and placing bags in the numbered areas for the walkers to collect and then give to us for transporting to the check point at “La Pierre de La Fetelle” on the north coast at Trinity, sometimes it amazes me that some of the walker forget about their bag and expect it to automatically appear at the next check point.

Let me paint a mental picture for you

- which at this point the sun was just trying to rise over the French coast and with the deed of sorting the bags finished, it was time for a Bacon Butty.

Let’s just back track for a moment, this was not the start of our preparations for supporting this event, this started at 7.00pm on the Friday night with Brian Rodgers along with Patrick and Linda Huard and a few others, helped to set up the club run Check Point at “La Pierre de La Fetelle” this is on National Trust land and is reachable by a rough and dusty track that only has enough room for one vehicle to travel on it in either direction and the coastal foot paths that the walkers would be using and is located on a steep slope.

Back to “St Catherines” we were ready.

A few more “Bag Taxi’s” had now turned up and it was just getting to be first light and the first of the walkers were just arriving (well runners actually). The bag transfer started from about 4.30am and it was to depart every 15mins or if you could not fit any more into your vehicle then it was time to go, this started out as a steady stream at first led off by Jonathan Dean, we had to accost each walker as they walked past on their way to the check out point to see if they had any bags to be transferred (not all did).

The route to “La Pierre de La Fetelle” was a varied one some opting to go via St Martins Church / Jersey Zoo / Trinity Church, other opted to go via Rozel (which surprised one of the team as to how I got back to St Catherines before them).

In all there was about 11 vehicles running back and forward to each point and everyone must have done 3 or 4 round trips before most of the bags had finally arrived at our Check Point, and as previously stated, some of the bags came straight out of the last vehicle and straight onto a departing vehicle to the next Check Point at “Les Fontaine” Car park.

A lot of jolly waving was undertaken as members of the team passed each other on the road and the sun was gloriously shining down making this a great day to be on the road.

As I have already said that the narrow track leading to the check point at “La Pierre de La Fetelle” is a one way affair and having vehicular communications is a god send as otherwise like me you end up meeting another Landrover coming the other way and someone has to back up.

The route to “La Pierre de La Fetelle” was a varied one some opting to go via St Martins Church / Jersey Zoo / Trinity Church, other opted to go via Rozel (which surprised one of the team as to how I got back to St Catherines before them).

In all there was about 11 vehicles running back and forward to each point and everyone must have done 3 or 4 round trips before most of the bags had finally arrived at our Check Point, and as previously stated, some of the bags came straight out of the last vehicle and straight onto a departing vehicle to the next Check Point at “Les Fontaine” Car park.

A lot of jolly waving was undertaken as members of the team passed each other on the road and the sun was gloriously shining down making this a great day to be on the road.

As I have already said that the narrow track leading to the check point at “La Pierre de La Fetelle” is a one way affair and having vehicular communications is a god send as otherwise like me you end up meeting another Landrover coming the other way and someone has to back up.

Once in the field we were met by some of the Jersey Army Cadet Force, who would help in the unloading of vehicles and sorting the bags into numbered order so that the walkers could easily find their bag again, the remainder of the Cadet Force arrived after they had completed the HM Lieutenant-Governor’s walk from Town to St Cathrines, the Cadet Force were split up into small groups, some meeting the walkers on the way in and offering to help find their bag, some collecting the outward bags and passing and loading them onto the outbound “Bag Taxi” to the next check point at “Les Fontaine”, they helped to keep the site clean and tidy and directing walkers to the outbound path, as a club we are very thankful for their support and although they all pitched in there was a few outstanding cadets who went above and beyond their simple duty, lead by PI Norman Wood with Cadet Want / Cpl Murray / Cpl Hadnet and especially Cadet Terra who was seen to be wondering all over the field, collecting bags from the walkers and taking them to the bag out point

The check point was run and controlled by Linda Huard and ably assisted by Brian Rodgers, Brian Godfrey and the Bubbly Becky Ward including “goffer” Adrian Myatt, they had the task of recording all of the walkers that arrived and departed through the checkpoint and those that had retired at this point in time. At the end - only one uncollected bag remained and that was speedily transferred to the next check point.

The task with providing the walkers with limited refreshments of Water, Juice and Crisps, fell to the capable hands of Patrick J Huard and with his 101 Forward Control vehicle and ably assisted by both his sons Remi & Louis, they also collected up the rubbish for transporting off site and sorting the empty water bottles for re-cycling.

We even helped some of the walkers who decided to retire from the walk; in transporting them to the top of the lane (and in one case, to the Trinity Arm) so they were able to be collected at a convenient place on the roadway.

Then it was forward and onward to the next Check Point at the car park opposite “Les Fontaine” Tavern, where the Freedom Church would take over the transportation of the bags. Again most of us completed 3 or 4 trips before the last bag was handed over at 11.00am – Job done

The check point at “La Pierre de La Fetelle” was wrapped up and it was on to the Marquee at “Les Fontaine” for coffee and cup cakes and live music.

Many Thanks to all of the Club Members, their friends and family and especially the Army Cadet Force of Jersey for making this a successful day and hope you all volunteer next year.

Others mentioned in dispatches are:

Defender Drivers

Jon Bennett & Tracey Le Monnier Super 90 Cab

Jonathon Dean White 90 HardTop

David and Ben Ogilvie Blue 90 SoftTop

Miguel and Bradley De Sousa Green 90 CSW

Robert Pallot & Friend Brown 90 CSW

Phil Le Clercq & John Morlidge Blue 110 CSW

Lawrence Slater & Friend White 110 Hi - Cap

Paul Ellis Grey 110 HardTop

Disco Drivers

Kevin and Jackie De la Haye

Scott Jehan

Adrian Myatt

Project Co-ordinator: Sue Rodgers

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