Casting For Cancer – Medway Valley Fisheries Brooklands Lake
The 4th May was the date in the diaries for many Kent Carp Anglers for a 48 Hour Singles Competition all in aid of a fantastic cause Orchid Cancer. A total of 28 Carp Anglers took part from the experienced through to juniors alike. These included Atomic’s very own Professional Angling Coach & Carp Consultant Rob Marsh, the Legendary World Carp Champion Lee Jackson, Multiple World Sea Angling Champion Alan Yates, local legend Chris “Happy” Haswell and the Inventor of the revolutionary Spomb, Bryan Houghton. The event was hosted at Brooklands Lake one of Medway Valley Fisheries finest venues and MVF HQ, Tony Pocock, had donated the use of the lake for the event to take place.
The Competition invited participants to pick their swim from the hat starting at 09:30 on Friday for their 48 hour stint. The start was 12:00 and scheduled to finish at 12:00 on the Sunday. I was on hand to get things set up leading up to the event and was there Friday evening to the Saturday lunchtime. I made my way round the whole of the lake Friday Evening and managed to chat to most people taking part then retreated to the lodge. Well what a wheeze Friday night was, in great company with World Champions, Medway Valley Bailiffs/members and of course the hosts Tony Pocock and Ali Dell. The Banter we had was Hilarious, honestly a real scream. Lane Chittenden and his mate Dave ”Chainsaw” Head were in great form, superb sense of humour has Dave! Chris “Happy” Haswell and Jacko were in song at one stage, bloody marvellous. Of course Lee did manage to tell us about the World Carp Cup that he won with Chilly. Alan Yates had to be prompted a little to tell us he was World Champ in the Sea Angling World too, 9 times I think it was! A cracking night was had by all with a few beers flowing and a little red wine to wash down the takeaway Indian, happy days.
I had an early morning wake up from Rob Marsh, 05:50, the text read “I have one in the recovery sling”. I was soon on the way to witness and congratulate Rob on the first capture of the competition. The recorded weight was 24:05 and what a cracker it was.
A few fuzzy heads were evident on Saturday morning for sure. There was no further action up until the time I left and I wished I could have stayed but family commitments have to be honoured. I missed out on a brilliant evening; I must admit Friday would have taken some beating, but a Hog Roast Mmmm bloody mmmmm. There was a raffle too and a great time was had by family, friends and members alike that paid a visit.
The next bite came at first light to the rods of Dave (Streetwise) Mayne who landed a big framed mirror weighing in at 27lb exactly. This put him into first place. Turned out that this was to be the last fish landed of the competition and a cast off for third place was to be had. Young Jack Fordham took third place with his accurate casting in a nail biting finale.
All in all, what a fantastic weekend! So how much was raised? £2775 in cash sponsorship donations, £1801 in cheques and internet sponsorship donations, £1100 in raffle tickets and beer sales and £1132 added in Gift Aid brining in a total of £6,808 !!
Greatest Fundraiser – Jon Ogan £500!
1st Place – Dave Mayne 27lb
2nd Place – Rob Marsh 24 1/2lb
3rd Place – Jack Fordham Cast-off Winner
A massive heartfelt thanks goes out to Tony Pocock for the use of this really special venue, and for his tireless support.
Thanks to Viper Bait Boats for an amazing set of prizes, including the Viper Storm for the winner and £500 in vouchers between 2nd and 3rd
Another big thanks to Rob Marsh for the tuition he has donated to our greatest fundraiser
And of course – Massive Thanks to everyone who took part and contributed and we hope you’ll join us again.
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