Having survived our way through Christmas and the New Year and eaten our own body weight in cakes and goodies we suddenly remember:

At our Annual Awards Dinner, which was a brilliant night, we signed up to a new event on the HRCA calendar:  a social afternoon karting.

Was that such a good idea or could there have been influences in force when we signed? Fast forward a cold wet miserable Saturday afternoon.   We should have been in front of a big fire watching the rugby.

A tired and motley crew rocked up to Kylemore Karting and got organised.   Some of our members even turned up in race suits; a form of intimidation perhaps.   We had our safety briefing and off we went.   There were four heats per person in groups of four. These were randomly selected with experienced racers and complete novices, even to karting.  Everything was so slickly organised there was no time for slagging or recriminations about passing in a no passing zone and bumping.

In the blink of an eye there were final heats and then the final.   At this stage it was getting extremely competitive and some drivers had forgotten that it is a non-contact sport.    Some drivers got a “no bumping” notice shown – you know who you are.

Billy Crosbie was the out right winner by a country mile and nearly beat the lap record.

All in all it was a great afternoon and got us up off the sofa.   Some, more than others, will most likely need to get a tiny bit fitter before the racing season starts.

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