Big Build Day – Sunday 2nd January

2 January, 2011 at 22:00

Happy New Year to everyone.

A big thanks to everyone that turned up on Sunday – with 33 volunteers, we made a start on the singletrack trail that will replace the long fireroad climb in Deercote Valley.

We started by shifting the brash before digging off the top surface until exposing the sand/stone material below. This will form the trail surface when it has bedded down. Some areas will need additional surfacing material as the ground was either too sandy or soggy clay.

At lunchtime, we broke for hot food, drinks and a chat. Dale and Sharon did a splendid job of feeding the masses – jacket potatoes with a choice of curry, chilli or beans followed by cake and chocolates all washed down with tea or coffee.

As a thank you for everyone’s help, we held a raffle – prizes ranged from Chase Trails mugs and T-shirts to free and half price training sessions with Bike School.net. Thanks to Harry for offering the training.

After lunch, we continued digging until around 3 pm – a total of around 200 metres of trail has been cut – well done everyone!

We even had a photographer from the ‘Express & Star’ turn up to take a few snaps – those that read the newspaper may have seen the article and this photo.

Andrew