With perfect weather, the bikes and riders turned up in droves for the start of our Memorial Run 2018 at a new venue for us, the Visit Hillbrush centre in Mere.
Ray and Linda Dickinson put a cracking 46.5 mile route together and managed to squeeze in three significant hill climbs: the first on the A350 heading south into Shaftesbury, this was quickly followed by ZigZag Hill on the B3081 heading towards Tollard Royal and then finally, heading north on the B3091 back into the centre of Shaftesbury via St. John’s Hill. I’ll be placing my order for a set of new Burman clutch plates in the morning…
Lunch was at Orchard Garden Centre in Gillingham. Linda and Ray tell me that 37 people signed on, we had no breakdowns; we’re not sure how many got lost.
It was a bit chilly this morning; 4°C when Ken Druce and I left the Blandford area for the Section’s first “official” move to Henstridge Golf and Leisure for our Breakfast and Lunch Meets.
Despite the cold weather, we had a good turnout of members: some on bikes, some in cars. And, as usual, most of us nattered away for a couple of hours while eating breakfast and drinking teas & coffees. A nice way to start the weekend!
If anyone wants to know what “The Dorset Cortina” is….ask Paul Miles 🙂
Is there something magical about this run? Is Roger Gillard some kind of Sun King a.k.a. King Louis XIV? Last year, we had brilliant weather and yesterday, there wasn’t a cloud in sky. 🙂
The only disappointment for me was that a few of us from the Blandford area decided to get up early and stop off at Henstridge Golf and Leisure for a spot of breakfast before continuing to Sherborne for the start of the run. Only they weren’t serving breakfast, but we did manage to get some toast out of them. Moral of the story: phone Henstridge a few days before to let them know you’d like breakfast.
A fantastic range of bikes turned up at Hinton St. Mary’s village hall for yesterday’s Last of the Summer Wine run. Bob Hoare tells me 36 people signed on.
The awards were:
Landlords Cup – John Brittain – Triumph Tiger 100ss
Classic Cup – Roland Brittain – BSA Super Rocket
Foreign Shield – Mike Gardiner – Honda 250
Girder Fork Tankard – Rodney Hann – Sunbeam Model 9
Three wheeler Cup – Ian Clarke – Morgan Aero
Rudge Plaque – Vernon Cox – Rudge Ulster
Many thanks to Bob for organising the run, and to all those helpers providing teas, coffees, biscuits and cakes — I can confirm that the carrot cake was particularly good! And also to John Adams and Pete Dungey for manning the recovery vehicle + trailer, which I believe, was not needed.
Carol and Rod Hann have just returned from the excellent Cornwall Section Rally Week. Report from Rod:
Members from that Section did our Weymouth Week several times and liked the idea so I persuaded them to do a similar event in Cornwall. They have now done around seven such events and splendid they are. Glorious scenery, superb coastal rides, and plenty of nice places to visit. Average mileage per day is around 80/100 but this can be altered at will. All done in a very friendly and welcoming way. This year there were around 50/60 entrants plus a few more joining us from the Cornwall Section on a daily basis. Many of the Section members turn out to marshal at all the assailant places.
A pleasant 30 mile run yesterday for many Dorset Section members who took part in this Wessex V&V Section event. The route took us around the lanes of Stourton Caundle, Bishop’s Caundle, Caundle Marsh, Glanvilles Wootton and King’s Stag with a coffee stop at Folke Golf Centre in Alweston.
I’ll be returning to the Virginia Ash pub this morning to clean up their car park. My Ariel is in disgrace; the primary chain oiler seems to have gone haywire.
Don’t forget our own Last of the Summer Wine run next Sunday 16th September at 11am from Hinton St. Mary; details here. And our Club Night this Wednesday 12th September at 7:30pm when Mike Spencer will talk about Iceland; details here.
Last Sunday’s scheduled Border Run was ruined by poor weather. Some brave souls did the run, and full marks to them, but Gabby Hunt and Pete Dungey kindly agreed to re-run the route yesterday for anyone that turned up at Henstridge Golf and Leisure. No signing-on, no fee, as this was deemed a bunch of friends turning up for an informal ride….and a great full English breakfast before hand for those who wanted one (me!). Mid-week runs don’t usually have a particular high attendance compared to weekend runs, but there were at least 12 of us yesterday and a good, and dry, time was had by all.
My favourite photo of the day? The above snippet of William Webb at the coffee stop. A photo for our next Quiz Night perhaps?
On the run today we had 10 riders, although the forecast was bad, we did have a bit of rain on the run but most of it surprisingly was dry with a light drizzle at times, the route was modified slightly after the coffee stop at Crockerton Shopping Centre then back to Henstridge for a very nice lunch the run was still about 45 miles..
Saying that, l did get pretty wet on the run home to Blandford as it was pouring down.
No photos l am afraid as my battery went flat on my phone.
Gabby & Pete have offered to rerun the Border Run on Wednesday this week (15th August) as the weather forecast is looking good, l know Paul Miles and a few are looking forward to it.
Gabby has organized breakfast from 9.30 at Henstridge for those who want it, so if you are free on Wednesday please turn up for the run it is an excellent route.
Any questions can l ask you to contact Gabby or Pete please.
What a shame. After weeks and weeks of unusually hot weather, yesterday it all changed. Rod Hann reports:
“Due to the heavy rain and strong winds only a few bikes turned up for the Run today. Four hardy souls insisted on going for a ride so I gave them a route sheet and let them go. I did not charge the usual run fee. They enjoyed the ride and did not get too wet considering the conditions. Still there were 32 people at the start and we all abandoned to the cafe and consumed coffee, lunch etc until the riders returned. It was all very sociable. Even Alison Clew arrived from the Midlands. No trophies were awarded and the routes will be kept for next year.”
We have just returned from a trip to the Peak District in which we rode the Pennine Way, a 500 mile three day event run by the Pennine section of the VMCC. . Day 1 . Starting at Edale Derbyshire, the route follows the Pennine Way walkers Trail as close as possible, with some challenging hills such as The Snake Pass, Holme Moss, and Buttertubs. Using mainly high level roads with spectacular and rugged scenery. The first day was about 150 miles stopping at Hawes where we had a B&B and an evening meal and get together at Wensleydale Creamery
Day 2. 100 miles to the Greenhead Hotel the other side of Hadrians Wall for a presentation and received a commemorative china mug. After light refreshments it was time to say good bye and start our return ride back to Hawes. We took the faster and spectacular A689 back to our B&B 175 mile day.
Day 3. We returned to Hope Valley campsite where we had left the camper vans.
Three days ridding old bikes 500 miles with 60 other members this is what the club is all about.Our thanks to the Pennine section for making us welcome and putting on the event.
Ray & Linda Dorset Section Mick & Sylvia Sheffield Section