Last night was our usual training night and on the agenda was river crossings – parhaps a particularly apt session considering our recent weather. We were gathered outside in warm gear going through the steps to take when crossing a river when the group next to us abandoned their practice and shouted at us to clear up. I quickly grasped the problem – we had a callout. I ran over to the car and got my Paramo kit out and started changing.

Seconds later, the first response Landrover disappeared up the lane with blue lights and sirens blaring. We followed a few minutes later in the second response vehicle, heading for an overturned car in Lansbury Park, Caerphilly. Barely had we hit the A470 however when we were called back – stand down.

By the time we got back it was too late to continue with the training and we counted up some money from the charity boxes and admired some toys from Victorinox – 5 new glow-in-the-dark penknives. They were to be given out to the five people with the highest attendance at callouts in the past 12 months. “That’s a nice thought and a nice Christmas present for them.” I thought. I’ve missed a few this year for various reasons, so I didn’t expect to be anywhere near the top five. I was absolutely shocked then, when Penny handed me the knife you see here, and well chuffed.

Lynfa had some fun with some glow-sticks after that – I could have done with a camera that had better shutter control, but hey, it’s a mobile phone.

Tonight I’m off to get Sean because he’s coming down for the weekend. We’re hoping to get some climbing in this weekend, and I’m going on my own again on Tuesday. Can’t wait.

2 Responses to “I glow!”

  1. Flash Wilson says:

    I dont see any knife?

  2. Bronchitikat says:

    Me neither, but congratulations anyhow.