Maintaining peak fitness
Having passed all physical and mental tests, it is essential to avoid complacency and the inevitable slide backwards in conditioning. So the Chairman organised top-up training in the Lake District for five of the candidates, and one substitute. This took the form of synchronised train-riding on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, complete with cab rides, followed by a strenuous stroll up Muncaster Fell, using said train as transport to and from said hill. Interspersed with the hard labour was rest and recreation, in particular a barbeque at the Chairman's country residence at Foxfield. The Ratty Arms also provided some comfort away from the hardships, including the vital role of stopping-off point for the grown-up railway line between Foxfield and Ravenglass.