As the UK takes small steps coming out of Lockdown, we held our first informal run today and followed all the regulations currently in force in England. So no signing-on, no route maps, no fee and no indoor gatherings…and riding in groups no bigger than six.
As this was our first attempt at this, we limited the run to a maximum of 18 bikes, arranged in 3 groups of 6 with a route leader in each. The start of the run was at Thyme after Time Café, Spire Hill Farm near Stalbridge and the end point for all 3 groups was Compton McRae near Semley. This destination is a new venue for us; my wife and I visited them earlier in the week, and I discussed the possibility of us using them and they were delighted with the idea. Today they made us feel very welcome and provided an outside table service with some truly excellent food — the sausage rolls were to die for. I hope we come back here often…
By the way, how do people feel about having runs on a Saturday rather than the traditional Sunday? Both start and end venues would have been closed on Sunday, so holding runs on Saturdays does give us many more options.
The three leaders were Paul Miles, Ray Dickinson and myself. Paul organised a fast route (50+mph) going north over the Deverills etc, Ray’s route headed towards Stourhead and Shearwater and I took the slower group (40+mph) south via Child Okeford, Tarrant Hinton, Tollard Royal, Ansty and Old Wardour Castle (route in the last photo below).
I’m sure we all felt great to be back on bikes again and riding together. The 3 group system worked well and we hope to organise another run like this in the very near future.
Oh yes, and it rained a bit.