Hi folks ... (I sent this on the 15th, but nothing happened .. maybe this time?)
Despite the WORLD CUP organisers refusing to move the date, we had an excellent turnout, we had some superb exhibitions, and everyone that came gave of their best. I had a fantastic day, and I thank you all for making it so. Yes, we organised it, but where would we be without competitors!
I know that many of you were fired-up by excellent shows from the Singapore team, and also lets not forget our UK solver combatants - Pete and Derek did us proud, showing that we're not all that far away from being on terms with the best. I think this year was our best yet, and next year promises more.
A new team from the University of Leicester with Tape-Mouse ,and Martin Barret with Isambard 1st, were both successful in solving the maze. We have several up-and-coming young guys from University of Central England (TIC), and a number of others that are coming along to the Midlands Micromouse Club, or have indicated their intent to build either at the competition ot through the forum at www.micromouseonline.com
As for the event itself, we had the best reviews possible from the world-class overseas visitors, who were extremely complimentary about the quality of the maze, the venue, the prizes (Alan's huge brass cheeses were much revered), and the hospitality of all concerned. After three years I think we've got it cracked - big pits, two mazes (11x11 for followers - easy to lean into - and 16x16 for the main competition), two timing systems, barcode registration, new lighting system - for ONCE it all worked like a dream!
Don't rest on your laurels now ... we have ROBOtic'06 in November, so all of you who promised to have a mouse for UKMM2006 had better turn up.
See http://micromouse.tic.ac.uk for all details and for RESULTS and PHOTOS of UKMM2006