“I’ll give credit to the organizers, because I think they do a very good job at trying to protect the public as best they can,” said Noel, who wasn’t among the council members to meet with Targa officials. “But unfortunately the situation I was in that particular day as a marshal, this individual came up O’Donovan’s Lane, and even though there were barricades and ribbons there, and despite my request to not walk into oncoming traffic, she just ignored me totally and proceeded to walk inside the barriers.
“Fortunately, nobody was injured, but it left me with a very uneasy and helpless feeling. That stayed with me for a while. Unfortunately, when I think about the races now, that comes to my mind. 99.9 per cent of the time, nothing is going to go wrong, but that’s a challenge for sure — when you can’t control everybody’s behaviour.”
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Noel acknowledges that other council members and town staff know how he feels about the event.
“Probably if I hadn’t been through that experience, I probably would not have opposed it,” he added, noting too Targa has addressed the issue of tying up town resources with the race.