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Mike and Manda's First Run

26th July 2011

The evening of the 26th saw a major crash close the northbound section of the M5 between junctions 12 and 11A.  With 45 minutes before the scheduled start time of 18:30, there was some doubt as to whether the run would actually take place as the organisers, Mike and Manda, joined the end of a queue of stationary traffic on the A38 northbound with motorway traffic trying to find alternative routes through Gloucestershire!  A deft bit of map reading and satnav work courtesy of the iphone however saw the organisers arrive at the start venue at Tesco in Quedgeley with about 15 minutes to spare.

 

 

 

The motorway traffic issues caused minor delays for some of the participants, but with one exception all the expected cars eventually made the start.  The first car was away at 18:30 and twelve more followed at two minute intervals.  The first part of the route took the cars out of Quedgeley towards the Severn through Longney, Upper Framilode, Fretherne and Frampton to cross the A38 and head towards Eastington.  A scenic route then took the cars up Frocester Hill and down into Uley with a route through Owlpen and close to Newark Park leading down into the back of Wotton under Edge.  From here, the crews were treated to a loop through Alderley, Hillesley, Killcott and Tresham, looping back through Alderley to Wotton – causing much waving (and questions of have I got the route right?) as cars passed each other in the Gloucestershire lanes.  From Wotton, a quick run up Rushmire Hill (B4058) with a final loop through Bagpath took drivers and navigators to the final venue at Hunters Hall, with the first cars arriving just after 20:00 and what should have been 38.9 miles on the clock!

 

 

After what seemed an interminable wait for the (pre-ordered) food, the quality more than made up for the delay.  There were several compliments about the evening’s run, so thanks to Mike and also Manda for her thoughts and suggestions in the route planning, in putting this one on.

 

 

 

 

 

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