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PENDINE  DASH 

12th August 2012

As far as I knew, only two Club cars were on this years run, Dave & Liz and myself & Mo.  The four of us met on the A40 Gloucester ring-road and enjoyed a leisurely AND sunny hood-down run, via a stop at Abergavenny to the Forge Hotel.  This establishment is on the A40 just outside St Clears and is the start for the Run and wellknown to Club members  who have used it for many years.


In the evening, we met up with several old friends including a contingent from the Newbury Club.
Sunday, we might have guessed that in Wales you do not have more than two days of sunshine and so it proved, we had showers all day.  Being of a cautious nature, I kept my hood up  --  I wish someone would invent a hood for "B" Roadster you can raise and lower with one or two fingers; they'd make a fortune.


In the car-park, we met Club Members Chris & Betty, Keith & Janet and later on Roy & Pam. The first approx third of the run, included many rural roads and villages and was based in the area north of the A40 with a  Rest-stop at Llys-y-fran reservoir and Country Park. Through the rain, this looked very picturesque, with plenty of areas for walking and picnicing.


The final 50+ miles included the coast road from St. Davids back to Haverfordwest.  Now this was good, the sun came out, roads very narrow and twisty, campervans galore, walkers in abundance -- really tested one's reversing ability !!!!


Unfortunately there was a serious accident on the way to the finish at Haverfordwest and we had to find a different route.  Once there, with the one-way system and the natives not knowing where the County Hall was, we circulated the town FOUR times.   Comparing notes over a cup of tea, a similar incident occurred with another Club Member at St. Davids;  they went round the town THREE times looking for a parking space and still never found one --- the visiting Japanese with their cameras were  heard to mutter  "these foreigners all look the same and drive the same cars" !!!!


A good run, upto the high standard expected of the Pendine Dash, look forward to next year's.

 

                                                             John Child

 

 

 

 

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