A year on from my first event, this was my fifth. Every time, I haven't been disappointed once
Smilefest lasted two days for me technically, with a behind the scenes tour on The Smiler on Friday afternoon. Needless to say it was incredible, with access to nearly every ride area except for the indoor drop and the 'amphitheatre' (Staffordshire Knot pit). Some up close and personal experiences including a flexed arm hang from a couple of track segments
Saturday came around and was just amazing from start to finish, The Smiler ERT got a bit moist, got 5 rides in during the half hour, and separated from the main group with a small group of friends for the majority of the day. Regrouped with everyone for the Rita ERT, which culminated in a happy birthday singsong for Rita, a three cheers interrupted by launching the last train. The TT social proved better than ever, many laughs and smiles, along with an accidental announcement shared among people I can now call my closest friends
Sunday was supposed to be a relaxed day, however mother nature didn't want that it would seem. Wet, manic, and fairly eventful. All I can say from Sunday afternoon is, I only wanted my fish done rare
Overall a brilliant weekend, a massive thanks to all the Team, especially Rob for organising it all, bring on the Southern Weekender!