The final nose drop
The week before the tournament started I had telephone calls from all parts of the media, both in this country and from abroad. So the list of journalists covering the event was long and mixed, from Russian Television to Satellite Stations to the Press and freelance writers and photographers.
Good Friday began with three radio interviews that Julia did from home, whilst I was at the Greyhound setting it all up. More interviews followed and by 8.40 am the first of the satellite stations had set themselves up to broadcast live at 9.40.
We had telephone calls from members of the public who had heard about it on the radio and who wanted to enter teams.
The total number of teams entered this year was 27 just one short of our record. In the end the âArkansas Racersâ from Hot Springs USA, pulled out with a collective bad back, but said they would be back next year.