I've been a marshal on various motor sport events over the years but since I've been trialing, this was my 1st MCC marshals duty.
I was one of the team of marshals on Crook Horn Hill - Observed Test No 1 and was amazed at the number of competitors who didn't know what to do as regards to line B, my position. Many waited for some sort of signal from me as to when to start after they stopped, or didn't know that they had to stop astride line B or roll/drive back and then drive forward and stop astride line C. It was a "Special Test" NOT a re-start. The most at fault were the bikers, Now I know it's difficult reading the route card/instructions on your own and in the dark and I, as a driver have a bad memory and constantly ask my navigators to repeat instructions to me, but come on guys an girls we all read the instructions before the event don't we, so that on the night all we need is a quick look as a reminder.
Having said all that I had a great night out seeing the effort and skill displayed by the vast majority of competitors and will appreciate even more the dedication of the regular marshals who do it week after week.
If I marshal the same post next year please check what you're supposed to do BEFORE you arrive at line B of the observed test.
I'm off now to catch up on some more sleep, like most of you.