Final Arctic-Mummy Balloon Race Results

Final Arctic-Mummy Balloon Race Results

 

The closing date for the Arctic-Mummy Balloon race has passed, and we are still receiving cards back from Europe! We have received back over 20 cards from 5 different countries, England, The Netherlands, Germany, The Czech Republic, and Hungary!

The winners are the two balloons which reached Hungary. The furthest balloon reached Kalocsa, Hungary, which is around  1200 miles by car, or 980 miles as the crow flies from Andover! The second furthest balloon reached Budapest 1175 miles by car, 955 miles as the crow flies! The overall winner – Martin Kay is a friend of 20 years, who responded to my late evening text of 5th Feb …. “I ‘ve still got 40 odd balloons to sell, whose going to help me out?!” The second prize was won by Donald Neil, who bought a balloon from me whenI made my pitch as a market trader on Andover Market! Both winners were surprised and delighted at the distance that their balloons had reached.

This balloon race had a few personal results for me. The winning balloon reached Kalocsa, Hungary, which is not far from Lake Balaton, Hungary, where we had a great family holiday last summer; and a second balloon, which reached Lith, Nederland, which is very close to Nijmegen, Where John and I completed the 4 Day Marches in July last year!

The full results are:

  1. Southampton – 30 miles (21 miles as the crow flies)
  2. Great Missenden – 68 miles (47 miles as the crow flies34)
  3. Kensworth, Dunstable – 90 miles (61 miles as the crow flies)
  4. Potters Bar – 90 miles (65 miles as the crow flies)
  5. Gorinchem, The Netherlands – 355 miles (280 miles as the crow flies)
  6. Lith, Nederland – 372 miles (300 miles as the crow flies)
  7. Rees, Germany – 451 miles (341 miles as the crow flies)
  8. Billerbeck, Germany – 510 miles (380 miles as the crow flies)
  9. Kirchgandern, Germany – 612 miles (494 miles as the crow flies)
  10. Wickford, Essex: 110 miles (90 miles as the crow flies)
  11. Babyloniënbroek, The Netherlands: 342 miles (282 miles as the crow flies)
  12. Sliedrecht, The Netherlands: 330 miles (272 miles as the crow flies)
  13. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: 320 miles (268 miles as the crow flies)
  14. Nieuwaal, The Netherlands: 350 miles (289 miles as the crow flies)
  15. Hoekeinde, Sleeuwijk, Nederland: 330 miles (280 miles as the crow flies)
  16. Budapest, Hungary: 1175 miles (955 miles as the crow flies)
  17. Kalocsa, Hungary: 1200 miles (981 miles as the crow flies)
  18. Kladno, Czech Republic: 897 miles (685 miles as the crow flies)

These cards arrived after the closing date:

  • Drensteinfurt, Germany: 475 miles (398 miles as the crow flies)
  • Struhařov Budkov, Czech Republic: 930 miles (718 miles as the crow flies)
  • Oudenhoorn The Netherland: 316 miles (247 miles as the crow flies)

Thanks to everyone who supported this event, and either purchased a balloon, or sponsored me on my tyre pull. Thanks also to all the people who mailed the balloon cards back to me, receiving these through the post has been very exciting (and made Andy the posty happy!) The sun is shinning – have a great week!

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