The last couple of months have been a whirlwind of fun and excitement in the world of AquaQ. We, of course, had our Easter/Birthday event a little while ago in the Jailhouse. But on top of this, we also experienced so many more events including a golf day, a couple of board game nights and taking part in a marathon.
We hosted our golf day on the 15th May at the Ballyclare Golf Club, an absolutely wonderful day with the best of weather for a day on the course. We saw some great performances all around with initial estimates of handicaps ranging from playing off four to thirty two.
Some prizes were up for grabs throughout the day in order to keep all interested. Nearest pin was done on the fifteenth hole, with the first, more advanced, group failing to hit the green. Eamonn O’Kane and Kyle Carson were so close together in this competition that the tape measure had to be brought out, where it was revealed that Eamonn just nabbed the victory.
We also held a competition for the longest drive on the eighteenth hole; a very difficult hole to keep on the fairway. Sean Wilson won this challenge by being the only person to land on the fairway, and so, winning by default (the distance being better left unsaid).
The conclusion of four great hours of golf saw Steven Johnston coming out on top, while Andrew Shortt having to take home the wooden spoon of defeat.
A big thank you to Simon Frazer for organising the event, and thank you to both teams who attended. It was a great day out for all.
Board Games Night
After a good days work on a Friday, many of the AquaQ team stayed behind in the office to take part in a board games night organised by Jack Houlihan and the social committee. Participants were encouraged to bring in their own games leaving us with such a wide variety to get involved in!
The evening started off with a whole group game of Pictionary to get everyone warmed up and gauge each others competitiveness. This was then closely followed by a much needed pizza and drink break before getting into the real games. The group splintered off, allowing for multiple different circles to form for varying games. From Codenames to Articulate to Splendor, whatever your taste, there was something for all.
This first night was so successful, that we have already followed it up with a second one and are looking to have our third.
Bright and early on Sunday 1st May, two teams of runners from AquaQ chucked on their matching t-shirts and went out to face the rainy Belfast Marathon Team Relay. Beginning at Stormont, the teams ran a grand tour of the city, passing down Lisburn Road, heading up to the Waterworks and finishing in Ormeau Park.
Our two teams completed the whole thing in 4:13:32 and 4:18:43. A fantastic effort all round! The event, while challenging in the harsh weather, was also great fun and a rewarding experience. On top of this, we also used the event to raise £175 for Cancer Research UK! After the long day, the two teams went off for some well deserved pints, and then I’m sure, home to rest their legs.