YOUNG WILDCATS – The A frame race

March 27th 2018

It was meant to be a race. Two teams of six children from Lochinver Wildlife Watch Group working together to race an A frame across the football pitch. But first they had to make it!

We went into the Culag woods where Ella knew where we could find some large dead birch logs. Grace used super human strength to drag some of them to the path, where we cut three per team and removed all the side branches. Then we lashed them together to make a giant capital letter A. Catherine and Corwin supervised the final knots.

With A frames finally ready we ceremoniously carried them to the start of the race. Molly and Vaughn were to be the first “drivers”. Four long ropes were tied to the top of the A to help balance the driver. The secret was the four people on the ropes pulling equally to steady the “drivers” and allow them to move. But the grass was too soft and it took more effort than we thought. But everyone had a shot and a great deal of fun was had, much to the amusement of the folk in the An Cala café.

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