After a long drive from Teesside we finally arrived at the NEC on Friday. We had come along to help on the Alpkit stand and with the ‘have a go’ canoe sessions. Friday was pretty laid back, chatting to all the guys from Alpkit trying to take in all the information about the products! Friday night was a good chance to get to know the full Alpkit team over a few beers and a curry. It got even better when we arrived at the hotel to find a cheerleading squad practicing their routine right outside!
Saturday began far too early after the previous night’s beers and the NEC was soon filling up. The Alpkit stand seemed to be the busiest of the show, always full of people. It was really good chatting to people about the products and very surprising finding out the good reputation that Alpkit has gained over its short life. It was a pleasing break when I headed out to the lake to take part in a freestyle kayaking demonstration and competition. Although it was pretty cold a small crowd of people gathered and formed the ‘cheerometer’ to judge the event. It went well with the crowd getting involved and seeing some of the best freestyle kayakers in the country doing their thing. Hopefully they began to understand what it’s all about!
Sunday was the same again with the Alpkit stand very busy. Nic and I did manage to briefly sneak away to watch a very impressive mountain bike display and some crazy mountain boarders.
The show seemed to be much livelier than previous years with lots more displays and show and fewer shops and because of this was very enjoyable, even with all the hard work.