Last Sunday (20th March) saw the Pentillie Castle and Estate host the Defender Day on which we previously reported.
A short account of the day has been given from the Devon and Cornwall 4×4 Response who were helping out on organising and marshalling the event … Michael Green takes us through it;
It just shows what a blind leap of faith, me-ticulous planning, a memorable venue, full and thorough signage and some goodwill can achieve. DC4x4R personnel were privileged to Mar-shal a ‘Defender Day’ dreamt up by Pentillie Estate owner Ted Coryton.
The main car park was on top of a hill with wonderful views over woodland and the River Tamar and one of the main attractions was the offer of an 4×4 Off Road Course of approxi-mately 6km through countryside not normally accessible to members of the public.
The course incorporated fairly level sections through woodland and a loop which started with a stiff climb and incorporated a very steep descent into a valley bottom. All through an estate normally devoted to pheasant shooting in the winter. Conditions underfoot were, in the main, dry which meant that the tracks did not cut up badly and were not too testing for many of the novice off roaders who tackled the course. Members Steve Miller, Rob Reynolds, Ja-son Clarke, Sam Turner, Gary Collier, Peter Hanscombe, Peter Curtis, Chris Allen, Rowan Gay, Roger Chambers and Michael Green were the Marshals and were looked after right royal-ly by the state. Bacon Baps, water and crisp, Pasty and tea and coffee circulated to all during the day and were much appreciated. Mind you, we had to work for our living. The queue for the off road Start was long despite being set off at 30 second intervals solidly from 11:00am on with the queue only thinning after about an hour and a half. Over the day 300 plus vehicles completed the course.
When it was all over we had to drive the course to close it, collect up the radios and shut and secure the ‘top gate’ to ensure no gypsies found their way in. Apparently that is a con-stant battle the estate has to wage! All the estate staff could not have been more hard working or kinder to us marshals and we shall long remember this event with great fondness. What follows are comments and photos from the day.
A message from Ted Coryton (Estate Owner):-
Dear All, Very many thanks to all of you for devoting so much time and expertise in marshalling the Defender Day yesterday. I am afraid that you probably near froze to death in the woods, it was almost the coldest day of the year. You also had no opportunity to desert your post and come down to the house so I attach a picture which gives a hint of what was going on. I trust that Sammie found you with a peace offering of pasty and things. Everyone that I spoke to enjoyed the route through the woods the only comment being sadness at the lack of mud. I was quite grateful for that as it protected people from being stupid and made things this end easier but, if we do it again, we will have to hire a water bow-ser. Would have been cheap this year as it wouldn’t have been used much. I am sorry that i didn’t meet up and thank you all personally but hope that I will have the opportunity to do so in the future. Again very many thanks form us all. Best regards Yrs Ted
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