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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

TGO Challenge 2016: The Park Hotel Challenge Dinner

There is a very large gathering of Challengers at the Park Hotel in Montrose - the seat of "Challenge Control" on the last Thursday evening of the Challenge. Those who finish earlier or later have smaller gatherings on the Wednesday and Friday, but the Thursday Dinner is the Big One.

Every Challenger is toasted, either in their year groups or their country of origin. This year's Master of Ceremonies was Humphrey Weightman who shall henceforth be known as Katie Boyle, such is his mastery of every conceivable language known to mankind. With his encyclopaedic knowledge of music and European politics he really should have taken over Eurovision after Terry Wogan retired.  

At these occasions I try to snap as many Challengers as I can, but I prefer not to use the flash on my camera as it's a bit of an intrusion. This does mean that a lot of these pictures tend to be slightly blurred as I use a pretty standard little compact camera with quite a small aperture and a pretty cheap sensor. But nevertheless, I enjoy snapping away. 

THREE MAGNIFICENT CHALLENGERS

SHE OF THE RASPBERRY WINE ELIXIR

STEFAN & MICK [CROYDON]

LINDY

EMMA, STILL SMILING

LOUISE [NOT, PERHAPS, THE GREATEST PHOTO EVER...]

BARBARA. 

WILLIAM

BILL

SUUS

THE GODFATHER - HAMISH BROWN

CHRIS TOWNSEND

KATIE BOYLE / AKA HMP3

TOBY

TONY WOO-WOOH! THE FIRE STARTER

KATE. [WHY DID SHE DO IT???]

COLIN

ALAN / GANDALF

COLIN, BACK AFTER A LONG SPELL AWAY

TOM, WHO IS CARELESS WITH HIS WALKING PARTNERS

UNICYCLIST, BALLOON TWISTER, AND OUR YOUNGEST CHALLENGER

AT THE START OF AN EXCITING NEW JOURNEY

THE DUTCHESS 

NGUMO / CHARLES

ASK HIM WHAT HIS FATHER DOES

NIK

ROGER, WITH TEN *MASSIVE* CHALLENGES UNDER HIS BELT

HE'LL ALWAYS BE 'DOHA JIM'

NIK

MAD''N'BAD

VICKY

THE EXCELLENT BILL OF LOCHCALLATER LODGE

This is invariably a very late night with some Challengers finally getting to bed as the birds start up the dawn chorus. It's a wonderful night - not to be missed. Besides, lost sleep can be snatched on the long journey home the next day.

4 comments:

  1. Nowt wrong with them pics Al. A prize bunch.

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    1. A prize bunch indeed. Unfortunately about half my pictures were so blurred they couldn't be used. It's time to think about a camera with a far larger aperture and sensor. Along with a new rucsack...

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  2. Fine. I'm ready for my close-up. xx xx Katie B

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    1. Oh dear. Close-ups, eh?
      I fear we'll need more make-up.

      How's the leg, Dear Heart?

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