It was about 40 miles from home and we decided to miss the morning and see section 18 in the afternoon.
Leaving home about 11am meant grabbing a bite to eat on the way and that wasn't as easy as we thought it would be. There are a few eating places on the A66 westbound but none had what we were looking for. As we entered Kirby Stephen we spotted a cafe and decided to try it. That was a good move and we left well satisfied having eaten a hot meat sandwich each and a tea & coffee. The cost of £12 was very reasonable.
There was nobody about when we arrived and we wondered if we had the wrong place, but the marshals soon turned up and we helped them set up. Initially we were just going to watch but it was clear that more eyes would be needed so we signed on as marshals. The BGT was parked well away from the action.
Test 18 was a fast test consisting of slalom up & down a hill on a loose shale type surface. It was also very very dusty. Thankfully there was a light breeze and we stayed upwind of the course and avoided most of the dust.
I set up two video cameras & left them to run. Some super footage but problems with my editing software is giving me grief and I can't edit it. Hopefully I'll be able to post it later. In the meantime here are some of the stills I managed to get.
We spent some time chatting to competitors and other marshals and learnt a lot about this type of event. I could almost be tempted to give it a go.