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Welsh Trip

5th to 9th August 2010

Tony and Jane had "volunteered" to a second Welsh trip after the great success of their last Welsh trip in 2009. Surely this wouldn't be better than that? Last times was centred around North Wales as we went on the Llandudno run. This year was to be the turn of the Pendine Dash in South Wales.

We all met at the prearranged rendezvous at the allotted time. We didnt need to be that early as certain members had remembered to check their oil this time so we could have met an hour later! We set of on loose convoy form to our first refueling stop - Great Witley Court. This was about half way to Llandrindod Wells. We spent a pleasant hour or so there watching the fountain and admiring the ruins. The gardens also merited a viewing. Once refreshed off we set again. Some of us, however, were more refreshed than others and they decided to go on a speed trial. Apparently the camera said they were doing 35mph. Lets hope if the case comes to court he (or she as I am not going to name them) can say they were driving an MG. That should get them off.

Once ensconced in the Metropole we all headed out to the pub we had found last year. We might just make it in time for happy hour. Our hopes were dashed, happy hour was no more. Still we all mingled and had a nice chat, boys on one table and girls on the other. After that was our first Metropole meal and another success. We were all ready for day two of Tony and Jane's excursion. There was a promise of going on the same course as the Dragon Run which others had been on and said was fantastic. It was a round trip of about 130 miles and took in Lake Vwrnwy. To give a detailed summary of the run would not do it justice as there were so many breathtaking sights to detail. Suffice it to say we touched Snowdonia National Park at one stage were treated to some of the best views we had ever seen whilst driving in Wales.

For some reason Tony and Jane had not organised any entertainment on the Sunday, luckily it was the day of the Pendine Dash so we could do that instead. The start of the rally was 10 yards (sorry metres) from out front door which was great. Betty and Chris also joined us on the run so we had 11 cars from Gloucester MG Owners Club on the run.

The start of the run passed by Pendine itself and the Museum of speed was first on the list for most of us. After that it meandered through the welsh country side taking us through the old county of Dyfed visiting beautiful coastal areas giving views of beautiful beaches and coves. The run was approximately 85 miles and ended in a very hospitable Welsh tea. Not too sure the Gloucestershire club will be welcomed back as we seem to have taken most of the raffle prizes. Still as we were 11 cars out of the 96 on the run it was a good club representation.

After the run we went back to the Forge for the last supper of holiday. Chris and Betty joined us as they were staying a short distance away. Another grand meal we were all ready for bed. Strange, there weren't so many eating puddings that night. Several had over indulged the previous evening. Some had even paid for theirs and not stole from others!

It was another brilliant break well organised by Tony and Jane. Looks like they have a permanent job now as our Welsh representatives as they do it so well.

 

On behalf of those attending may we offer thanks to the Metropole, the Forge and especially Tony and Jane whose hard work made it a trip to remember

 

 

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