2019 Gordon Bulmer Memorial Run & Club BBQ -18th August
Report & Photo’s by Stuart Bulmer.
On a lovely sunny day, we had eighteen cars arrive for the start at the Marage carpark in Thirsk, well that’s not technically right is it Neil and Heather?? Heather arrived without Neil and their MG, Neil was busy at home trying to get the flaming MG car alarm off so that they could do the run, eventually Neil fixed the problem and set off after everyone had gone.
The route this year was very different to most other years as we went in search for some new roads without being a million miles away and as noted by most people the roads were not as small as normal and very flat although there was a recurring theme as some members pointed out, Bridges !!
The route left Thirsk and meandered down the West side off York passing through Whixley and Cattal heading down into Tadcaster passing the John Smith’s Brewery then round the South side off York again passing through some lovely villages before heading up the East side of York with many people stopping of at Stamford Bridge for refreshments. People then headed up through Claxton and Flaxton and then managing to keep out of trouble round Castle Howard as the Countryfile Live show was on before heading to Hovingham and across towards the Coxwolds area taking in Husthwaite, Sessay, Topcliffe and back to Sheila’s house in Northallerton for the well-deserved Club BBQ.
A Big Thankyou to Sheila and our Resident Chef Tony for putting on a wonderful BBQ for our members not forgetting the women who made the wonderful homemade desserts, with everyone relaxing and catching up on stories the rain came with Lucy barking out the orders everyone grabbed the chairs and retreated under the carport but thankfully it didn’t spoil what was otherwise a wonderful day.
As a “competitor” on the run I can say the route was new and although it was flat and had wider roads than normal there were still several challenges: keeping the eye on the temperature gauge whilst queuing up the pay the toll at the bridge over the river Ouse. Getting through the several marshals at Castle Howard and getting lost in the middle of a bike race, at this point the marshal said don’t turn around here there are 180 bikes coming down that hill in a minute, a detour had to be made!! From all who took part a big thank you to Stuart and Lucy for planning such a good route.
In the Marage car park, the usual meeting, greeting and chat and of course exercising the dogs before the off.
The 1960’s somewhere in rural England??