The Winter Run yesterday must have set some sort of record for a Dorset Section run. The heavy overnight frost, coupled with weeks of rain which was still running off the fields, meant many of the roads had quite large patches of ice on them.
There was a good turnout for the start at Dike’s Supermarket and it was beautiful day but many of us had already had a slippery journey just to get there and, as a result, had already decided not to do the run.
Of those brave souls who did the run, four came off their bikes : Bernard Jones, Phil Allen, Richard Hutson and his friend Dave. Thankfully, no-one was badly hurt and with only little damage to their bikes. Richard’s comment sums it up nicely, “It was interesting trying to lift up the dropped bikes standing on sheet ice. Dave and I would have scored a perfect 6.0 if it were Dancing on Ice. The main thing was we were not hurt – just our pride.“. All four of you get a perfect 6 from me.
While that was going on, those who didn’t do the run either dived into Dike’s Café or went in search of another one; I ended up in Coffee One in Shaftesbury.