Sunday 22nd July was a big day for Geocaching in the UK. The Geolympix was a Mega Event which a bunch of dedicated volunteers have been working on for several years. See link to their website at the end of this post to get the full picture.
On the Sunday I traveled to Oxford with my caching friend The Bongtwashes and made for the Town Hall, the event’s main venue. It was packed with Geocachers from all over the UK, plus visitors from Europe, Canada and the USA. All in, I think the final count was around 1000 visitors. Wow! That’s a lot of ‘Cachers!
Slightly unexpectedly, we found ourselves helping out on the Geolympix stand, selling T-shirts, coins and other fundraising merchandise. A period of manic activity ensued as we endeavoured to deal with the never-ending queue of geocachers with money to burn. Still, I wouldn’t have missed it for anything, what a laugh. Eventually we escaped and headed to the pub for a very welcome beer. Finally, we managed to bag some caches ourselves before heading home.
There were many other events linked to the main one in Oxford; I managed to get along to the Closing Ceremony which was held at sunset on Wednesday, on Coombe Hill near Wendover. Watching the sun set was a fitting end to a great Mega Event.
To everyone on the Geolympix Team – many thanks for a great day and congratulations on a very successful Mega.