Photos from the Bluebell Run 2021

Following on from the Informal Blandford Run, this was our third “Rule of 6” run consisting of 5 groups with 6 riders in each.  If Boris doesn’t change his plans, our final “Rule of 6” run with be the Hedgerow Run in two weeks on Sunday 9th May — watch out for the email with full details.

Another successful run by all accounts, and the weather over the last three runs has been perfect.  Some serious mileages clocked up in the some of the groups below and although my group’s run (Okeford Fitzpaine) was a mere 50 miles (70 by the time I got home), three in my group came from Trowbridge (Rich), Westbury (Alan) and Swindon (Dave).  By the time Dave Owen had got home, he’d covered 210 miles.

Individual reports and photos below in alphabetical order by start location:

Blandford Group

Report from Bernard Jones, the group leader:

OK, so I lied about an 80 mile run, I had planned a 90 mile run. However when I got to Broad Chalk I took a shortcut, but forgot to adjust my mileage to the next turning, and missed it, got totally lost and added 10 miles to the run, so ended with a 100 miles run. Luckily Dave Bramley (Triumph) knew the area well and took over the lead. We had a very pleasant lunch and chat in brilliant sunshine at the Ginger Piggery. The return run was uneventful, finally seeing the bluebells near Milton Abbas as we returned to Blandford. There were some complaints about the road conditions in the Dinton, Fovant area, otherwise everybody was very pleased with the run. One interesting observation; we ran “follow my leader” style, I find it quite difficult to identify the last man and check we are all together. Paul Meredith (Sunbeam) was last man, and with his brilliant LED headlamp, it was so much easier to spot him.

Bernard Jones (Vincent)

p.s. I nearly murdered a hare, according to the rider behind me, the hare did a complete summersault before disappearing!

Others in the picture:

Will & Alison Collard (Triumph)

Barry Wilson (BMW)

Henstridge Group

Report from Ray Dickinson, the group leader:

You could be forgiven for thinking we were at a Velocette club gathering as we had three a 250,350,and 500cc join us (still that’s better than three Ariels). A good ride via Marnhull,Hammoon, Okeford Fitzpaine to Bullbarrow were we stopped for the view, Marie and Linda had arranged coffee and cake. Then down through the bluebell woods to Winterborne Whitechurch were we lost Maurice he had been delayed by cars getting through the narrow lanes.We returned up the valley with that wonderful view over Dorset dropping down to Okeford and onto Sturminster turning right through Shillingstone and up through the bends on the A350 before taking a right over Fontmell Downs and on to Zigzag hill before taking the A30 back to the Virginia Ash for lunch, 63 miles around beautiful Dorset. The pub made us most welcome full roast lunch and a pint of beer in their garden.

Okeford Fitzpaine

Report from Paul Wirdnam, the group leader:

With three riders coming from North of The Wall*, it felt more like an invasion force when they started drinking my coffee, eating my pastries and talking to my wife 🙂 .   But a great collection of British bikes: a Velocette, a Rudge, a Sunbeam and two Ariel.  But in true Velocette fashion, the Velo proved tricky to start after our various stops.

*“The Wall” is the A303: South of it is good, anything north of it are the badlands…

The first part of our run (30 miles) took us to Okeford Fitzpaine, Ibberton, Droop, Stoke Wake, Hilton, Milton Abbas, Delcombe Woods, Turnworth, Okeford Fitzpaine, Sturminster Newton and ending at the new King’s Stag Coffee Shop

After coffee, we did a further 20 mile to Hamish’s Farm Shop via Pulham, Cerne Abbas, Synding St Nicholas (the ford!), Lower Wraxall, Rampisham and Closworth.

No breakdowns and a great time had by all!

Shaftesbury Group

Report from Andrew Rae, the group leader:

10-30 am Colin Jacobs and I arrive at the Ivy Cross roundabout on a TS 250 MZ and Moto Guzzi and we were not first there as Pete Dungey (Honda Benley 200cc) and Jeanette Dungey( Honda Shadow ) had beaten us to it, rapidly we were joined by Simon Barker ( Laverda 3c 1200) and to complete the six Steve Edginton ( 1954 Ariel NH 350cc ) both already had ridden up from South Dorset (kudos) Routing north Semley, Hindon, fag break , then Chicklade , Monkton Deverill, Longbridge Deverill and Crockerton for sticky buns. Sixty mins later onwards past Longleat through Horningsham, Garehill, Kilmington and Stourhead then second fag break at Gasper. Confession time the Moto Guzzi was a 250cc from Crockerton but some fiddling with the Left Hand HT resolved this snag ( not sure why) and also we learned that Ariels prefer firm ground for their prop stands, we all have had the same problem. Then off again with Pete and Jeanette departing the group at Zeals then Steve at Motcombe and finally Simon at Nettlebed as he headed home. Well some Bluebells spotted but not carpets of same, but some truly memorable potholes, thanks for swinging arm suspension.

Sparkford Group

Report from Andy Grew, the group leader:

Another lovely run from Sparkford today, another mixed bunch of bikes. Ariel and BMW R80 joined today by a ’61 BSA A10, ’74 Benelli Tornado and BMW R100 based trike.

Route around Cadbury Castle to Obourne , where Chris nearly got his head knocked off by a low flying Buzzard! Probably thought the Ariel looked like prime carrion!

Then onto Milbourne Port, Goathill, Alweston and Glanvilles Wooton then to Batcombe Hill. Bluebells were in bloom then onto the Trading Post for a very pleasant break.

We then went to Rampisham via Evershott where we made a quick stop to secure an indicator making a bid for freedom. We then returned to Sparkford via Sutton Bingham Reservoir, Thornford and Sherborne. Altogether bit less than 60 miles.

Weather was excellent and the views superb as everywhere is now starting to green up. Roll on a hopefully derestricted Summer.

NOTE: No Bluebells were harmed in the taking of this photo!



Author: Paul Wirdnam

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

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