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  Home> Past Events >28th August 2007

David and Janets First Run 

Forest of Dean Evening run

28th August 2007

Many thanks to all those who turned up for the run on 28th August. Those who were desperate for food at the destination all arrived ready and eager to get underway and most of the arrivals were dispatched by 7.00pm. I had a nagging thought a couple of days before the run that very few would turn up - particularly as the run was centred mainly in the Forest of Dean and involved a fairly long journey for those who come from the far flung east of the county!  There was also concern about the weather. I needn't have worried on either count as the weather was fine and ten cars turned up - one YT carrying three passengers/navigators! There were seven MG B's, a YT and a "proper" TF and even an MG heavily camouflaged as a 2007 Mazda!!. At least Adrian was good enough to arrive with the Mazda at the Gala Club after all the others had started the run! How he managed to get to the finish at least 30 minutes before anybody else will remain one of life's mysteries - perhaps he cheated!!!

Despite the tulip diagram for the left turn at Huntley being shown as a T junction instead of cross roads in the route instructions, everyone made it safely to our destination at the Red Hart in Blaisdon, although not necessarily in the same order that they left the Gala Club!  Last to arrive was the YT but I suppose  we could put that down to the age of the vehicle - or could it have something to do with the fact that it was spotted disappearing into a pub car park in Littledean!!

The Red Hart was very busy as there was also a retirement party for 75 people going on outside around the barbecue. The landlord had got extra staff in in anticipation of our arrival and had reserved an area of the pub for our exclusive use. Nearly all  of us enjoyed some good food and beverages and from the comments made by many of the members, the run was considered to be a success. This was the first run that Janet and I had put together but I doubt that it will be the last.

My thanks go to Sue Powers for supplying some of the Tulip diagrams and also for pointing me in the right direction (no pun intended) to use Microsoft Auto shapes to make up my own!  A big vote of thanks also to the landlord of the Red Hart who made us very welcome and went out of his way to make our evening a success.

David & Janet Glew

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