Photos from the Blandford Run 2021

Following on from the Informal Good Friday Run, this was our second “Rule of 6” run consisting of 5 groups with 6 riders in each.  But unlike the Good Friday run, the weather was decidedly chilly this morning but it was largely dry for many of us although it looks as though Phil Allen’s group drew the short straw weather-wise.

Despite the low temperatures, everyone seemed to have a good time and its good to see the same new Section members always being the first to reserve their places on the next informal run.  We must be doing something right.

Finally, our Informal Bluebell Run is in two weeks time on the 25th and 23 of the 30 places have already been booked.  So if you want a place, you had better hurry and book one…..

Blandford Group 1

Report from Paul Wirdnam, the group leader:

Quite a range of bikes in our group today: Paul Miles on a 50’s Sunbeam S7, Ken Druce on a 30’s Sunbeam Model 9, Steve Edgington on a very pretty 50’s NG Ariel, Kevin Eddols on his  80’s Yamaha 4, Willian Webb on a Velo and me on a 30’s Ariel VH;  having two Ariels in our group clearly upset our Ariel-hating Chairman 🙂 .

Starting at Lidl in Blandford, we headed off to Ashmore, Berwick St. John, Ebbesbourne Wake, Fovant, Dinton, Wylye and finally stopping at The Ginger Piggery & Ginny’s Cafe for a coffee.  Quite by chance, we bumped into Rich Kinsey here who was out on a ride with his Sunbeam S8.

Then onto Sutton Veny, the Deverills, Mere, Motcombe, Shaftesbury and ending at Hammoon, nr. Sturminster Newton.  68 miles in total and a very pleasant run.

Blandford Group 2

Report from Bernard Jones, the group leader:

A cool but not uncomfortable run. Jim Thornton was unable to make it, trouble with centre piston on his Triple Triumph. So 5 of us met up at Blandford Tesco car park, Kevin Chapman 650 Triumph; Simon Baker, Laverda triple; Mick Sobalak 655 BSA; myself Vincent Rapide and new boy Ian Buckingham 500 Triumph. Ian told me he really enjoy the run, and will join us again, hope he is telling the truth! We headed off up the Tarrant valley to the Shaftsbury top road past Compton Abbas airfield, through the Donheads up to East Knowle. Then trouble hit, Mick’s BSA lost its clutch, not literally, but suspect the shaft nut had come loose, so rescue service for Mick. The rest of us proceeded through East Knowle to Starbucks on the A303. Not my best choice but with Covid rules, not much alternative. Paninis and coffees all round and a good chat then headed home via Gillingham, Sturminster Newton and Winterbourne Stickland. Blandford greeted us with drizzle, and with minor hail at East Knowle, otherwise a dry run.

Blandford Group 3

Report from Phil Allen, the group leader:

We started at the Marsh & Ham car park with 5 bikes and 6 people, headed towards Bryanston, Melbury Hill & Compton Abbas by a very nice narrow road route (gravel and grass in the middle), onto Donhead St Andrew just off the A30 down narrow roads to Hindon where we stopped for a break then on our way for coffee and cake in Shaftesbury. As we arrived at the car park snow or hail or something fell for 10 minutes so as you can see, we sheltered in the toilet block then on for tea and cake. We then lost 3 of the group who either decided enough was enough or had to get off home, the 3 remaining went off to see the Fovant Badges where we lost another member who decided it was nearer to go home so only 2 left for the final leg through Broad Chalk and Bower Chalk, Six Penney Handley and back to Blandford for more tea and biscuits. A very enjoyable day of just over 75 miles through some of Dorset and Wiltshire’s best biking roads!!!. Most of the day was nice weather be it a bit nippy and of course a bit of the white stuff. Incidentally it is a good job me and Dave did not do the full route l had roughly “planned” as it would have been just over 100 miles. (must improve my route planning in future). Oh! the cake in Shaftesbury was excellent.

Henstridge Group

Report from Ray Dickinson, the group leader:

Another good run. We met up at the Virginia Ash where Peter Hallowes came along to see us off. It was good to see him and have a chat.
Our route took us off south to Kings Stag through Minterne Magna and on to Cerne Abbas as no one was serving coffee there we headed for Hamish’s Farm Shop where we felt obliged to eat bacon sarnies and coffee. Returning through Yetminster, Sherborne and back to Henstridge approx 50 miles.
There was a varied selection of bikes, Colin on his 1926 flat tank Norton, Peter on a 1937 250cc Velo with Maurice & Marie BMW sidecar and our BMW R80. In spite of all the differences in bikes we all enjoyed it! no one got left behind. Looking forward to our next run when pubs and farm shop will be able to offer refreshments.

Sparkford Group

Report from Andy Grew, the group leader:

Another excellent run today from Sparkford. Honda was the marque of choice today with 3, plus an Ariel, a BMW and a Moto Morini.

First was a quick stop for photos at Alfreds Tower then on to Nunney, via Witham Friary and Trudoxhill. Bit of a result at Greggs as we all got a free Breakfast Bun – very welcome!

Then onwards to Cranmore, Batcombe and Bruton to finish at Sparkford.

It was a bit cold in places, Tim’s temp gauge showed just 3 degrees at Alfreds Tower and a we had a hail shower in Trudoxhill.

Roll on the next run!!



Author: Paul Wirdnam

Strangely addicted to Ariel motorcycles from the '20s, 30s and 40s.

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