i did consider going to this, but living in Warwickshire and being in Barnsley for a wedding on Thursday, I decided to swing by the resort on my way home today. Enough miles travelled for one week. I have to say the "Northerners" have a much nicer drive in, especially the last 10 miles approaching Farley.
If someone gets the chance I'd love them to ask, with Saw in mind how well they see the smiler ageing and what they can do to lengthen it's lifetime. I bear in mind the factor of getting old and just not being able to deal with rickety rides as well, but I'd love to know who did the winter maintenance for this Season, today I found 2 different smiler trains progressively rougher than 21 year old Nemesis, which I don't even have to think about bracing for. By rough, I don't mean what the ride is suppose to be, I mean feeling the judder of the poor contact between wheel and track surface going through to my teeth! I could hear the constant banging and slipping of the wheels struggling to keep good contact.
On a good day it's only the last 2 inversions that a pulled off quite quickly that can catch you out.
I say the same of Colossus, I think it has a fantastic layout ruined by a painful ride experience.