Orange rain record of 148.9mm smashed

ORANGE’S September rain record may have been broken on Sunday by 14 millimetres, but there was no stopping the Orange City Croquet Club.

BRAVING THE RAIN: Jim and Alicia Gowing rode their bikes at Orange Velodrome despite Bike Fest's postponement. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKI 0918dcvelodrome1

BRAVING THE RAIN: Jim and Alicia Gowing rode their bikes at Orange Velodrome despite Bike Fest's postponement. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKI 0918dcvelodrome1

COMPETITIVE: Max Hird makes his shot as Gail Williamson and Sue Booth wait their turn. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKI 0918dccroquet2

COMPETITIVE: Max Hird makes his shot as Gail Williamson and Sue Booth wait their turn. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKI 0918dccroquet2

While Bike Fest and the Jaguar Car Club’s Show and Shine were washed out, the club held the Orange City Spring Carnival between Thursday and Sunday, attracting entrants from as far as Nowra and Canberra.

KEEPING WATCH: Chief referee Margaret Sawers. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKI

KEEPING WATCH: Chief referee Margaret Sawers. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKI

Tournament manager Helen James said people’s commitment to the sport made them brave the puddles.

“People are very keen and very competitive,” she said.

Although Bike Fest was postponed, cyclists Jim and Alicia Gowing still took their bikes and dog Zen to Orange Velodrome.

“The rain doesn’t bother Zen so we have to go,” Mr Gowing said with a laugh.

“It’s a great thing Orange’s got with the velodrome.”

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