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Steve’s Second Spectacular Scenic Saunter

After putting in a request to have the September run brought forward to allow for the darker evenings, the run that took place on the 2nd September was blessed with a cloudless sky and bright sunshine. This wonderful September weather proves that the Club is truly blessed – every one of our evening runs this year have taken place in the dry.

Perhaps mindful of this being the last run of the year, there was a very impressive turnout of 18 cars. The majority of the crews were keen to get started as soon as they arrived at Greasy Joes and so, at the most, there were only six cars assembled together at the start. This meant that there was not the opportunity for the usual social gathering prior to the start of the run but I think this was more than made up for at the end.

Amongst the starters there were two new members who were doing their first rally and also Richard and Jill brought along their two MG’s making up a His and Hers team. Also putting in an appearance was a 4 car contingent from Bourton on the Water and Little Rissington including a very smart and well sorted Triumph Herald.

Once leaving Cirencester, the route meandered over to Bibury and then proceeded to make its way up “upstream” along the Coln valley passing through some classic Cotswold villages such as Ablington, Winson, Coln Rogers and Coln St Dennis. After crossing over the Fosse Way the route then took in Compton Abdale and then descended into a another lovely unspoilt valley to revisit another stretch of the River Coln. Then it was up to Yanworth and through the Stowell Park Estate to Chedworth (avoiding the crocodile), Withington and finishing at Colesbourne.

 

Everyone, including the first timers, enjoyed the scenery and there were no major navigational malfunctions apart from 4 cars going up a private drive. The owner was gardening at the time and didn’t seem to mind at all!

 

The pub did us proud and some tasty food and good beer provided everyone with a suitably relaxed and enjoyable finish to a great last run of the year.

 

We also managed to recruit one new member on the night and Sue managed to press a membership form into the unsuspecting hand of one of the Little Rissington attendees with the promise he will return it with his subscription promptly.

 

 

Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and the biggest source of complaint seemed to have been the low sun! Long may that be the only problem we have!

Now then, let’s see how long we have to wait until April....

 

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