Following a busy couple of weeks of work, I decided to use my time off to be even more busy.
Last weekend was the final of the Angling Trust RiverFest 2013, held on the River Wye in Hereford. The finalists had competed in qualifiers on a number of different Rivers around England throughout 2013, in a bid to be in with a chance of winning the top prize of £10,000. The conditions the previous week had been awful and organiser Dave Harrell was pleased when the weather report looked favourably on the final weekend!
Fished over two days, 26 prizes were on offer, plus a prize for the biggest fish. 20 section winners (Saturday and Sunday) by default and the top 6 were all highly sort after places. Day 1 saw a top weight of 32-7 by Paul Bick and all 59 participants caught something. With 11 weights over 20lbs and 36 over 10lbs, the field was fairly open going into Sunday.
There were several reasons for my attendance. Firstly, being there to support my friend, Ian Didcote who was hoping to take the top prize. Another reason was to take photos (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.648182291893201.1073741833.522651657779599&type=1) and finally to trial some software I have written to handle match results.
It was to be a big challenge as the usual fishing match consists of a top set of anglers (pay out top 3 or 5) and then section winners by default (meaning that those who win something overall, don’t also win their section). This one was a top 6 by cumulative weight over the two days and then 10 section winners each day (section winners by default).
When the first 4 sections (of 6 anglers) came in, I discovered a slight coding problem, which was quickly resolved (within 10 minutes). Once the manual calculation’s were underway (as a sense check for my system) I was able to enter them into my software and produce the final tally of results quickly. Pleased is an understatement after the work involved!
The fishing on day 2 turned the field around and saw John Urruty, who had 14-6 on Saturday, take home the prize for the biggest fish (Barbel on Sunday) and finish with the top 6 with 40-14!
Overall I think it was a successful weekend for the organisers and I’m sure next year’s will be bigger and better. Oh and a special mention to Hereford Rowing Club. I may be biased as a rower, but the facilities were brilliant and the view out over the river was perfect for those of us who couldn’t or didn’t want, to walk the bank.
Here’s to RiverFest 2014!
For a breakdown of the event and the final results – http://www.anglingtrust.net/news.asp?section=29§ionTitle=Angling+Trust+News&itemid=1919