Who’s for a bracing round of frisbee golf?

EARLY January is a quiet time on Herm and the perfect opportunity for residents to get together for the annual New Year Challenge.

Hole in one: Winners Brett Moore and Fiona Creed (back), and Elliot Knight and Emy Hastings.
Hole in one: Winners Brett Moore and Fiona Creed (back), and Elliot Knight and Emy Hastings.

EARLY January is a quiet time on Herm and the perfect opportunity for residents to get together for the annual New Year Challenge.

The challenge began 12 years ago with go-kart racing on Fisherman’s Field and the last few years have offered up such variable events as beach games, welly wanging and archery.

So what better way to spend a chilly Sunday morning than a rousing game of frisbee golf on the common?

It sounds simple enough – stand at a marker and throw a frisbee into a bin several metres away. But factor in the hills and dips on the common, the greedy brambles surrounding the course and the blustery winds fighting for possession of the frisbees and it becomes quite a challenge.

There were several ‘holes’ on the course, so players split into groups with frisbees and score cards and started to work their way round.

It is nice to find an activity that all ages can get involved in and something like this, which is part skill, part luck and part wind assistance (or sabotage) can really level the playing field. In fact, many adults, myself included, did far worse than some of the children.

There were winners in four categories. Highest-scoring adult male was Brett Moore and the highest-scoring adult female was Fiona Creed. Of the younger children, five-year-old Emy Hastings was the winner and in the older children’s group it was

11-year-old Elliot Knight, who was also the overall winner of the day, completing all six rounds in just 16 shots. Elliot is on something of a winning streak, having also taken the prize for the children’s darts tournament.

There is no nicer way to get the community together than a lot of bracing fresh air and a bit of healthy competition.