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Volunteer Trail Rangers at Blessingbourne

19 Feb 2012 9:00 AM | Rick McKee (Administrator)
The Northern Ireland Mountain Biking Alliance was out in force on 18 February at the first Volunteer Ranger day at Blessingbourne Estate in Fivemiletown. 

The full squad, satisfied after a day of great progress at Blessingbourne

The session was organised by CAAN with Dungannon Borough Council, who manage the trail network.  11 new members of the Alliance made up the volunteer squad, under the watchful eye of Architrail’s Phil Saxena, designer of world-renowned trails around the globe, including Olympic and World Cup race trails and of course those at Blessingbourne.

Many hands make light work, and the volunteer team got stuck in following some fantastic schooling and advice from Phil.  The team from the council were unstoppable with their enthusiasm and industry, and by the time we had returned from our lessons in a walk round the trails with Phil, they had made tremendous progress in the pump-track.  With everyone then focusing on the pump-track, it was quickly returned to its former glory, and loads of general repairs were undertaken around the trails.  More to do, but great progress made. 

A huge thanks to Phil Saxena, Diane Patterson from CAAN, all the volunteers, and the Dungannon Council staff – a great piece of team-work made it all a great success.

World-class trail designer Phil Saxena joins the Northern Ireland Mountain Biking Alliance
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