So that’s it; 150 competitive miles all coming down to 10 seconds at the end of the day to decide a winner. 10 seconds – probably took that long to type the first sentence, yet a team on the island assisted by those on the mainland took 10 months to put all this together.
The magic of Mull was once again demonstrated when entries opened and the reserve list was filling up before lunchtime that morning. Accommodation was once again at a premium around the island for the second weekend in October and many reunions took place with friends and family over the whole week. Garmony Rugby Club was mobbed when all the school kids around the island came to see Bobby Beatson and all went home with a Mull Rally hoodie – over 400 of them. Aros Hall, once again had standing room only for the pre-event Forum and hosted us once again for Prize-Giving on Sunday. The first time since 2009 that this has had to be held inside. The wind was too strong at 14.15 to use Ledaig car park yet when we came out of the hall, everything was calm. What is it about west coast weather?
Talking of the weather; it was inclement at best and challenging at worst over the weekend. Thank you to all the marshals who braved these conditions so 296 competitors could take to the start line of SS1, though not so many would make the finish line of SS18.
There were accidents and incidents throughout each stage but thanks to the marshals, the rescue units, doctors, recovery and spectators all are now back home recuperating from their indiscretions and encounters with solid parts of the island.
That’s it folks; all over for another year. Thanks to Beatson’s Building Supplies continued support we will look to do this all again over the weekend of 13 – 15 October 2017. Are you coming?