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3RD SIGNPOST SKIRMISH REPORT

21st April 2013

 

 

The day started bright & sunny with the promise of rain later. We arrived at Barbers Bridge at 09.45 only to find some of the keener members were conferring on tactics already.  No problem, all 8 cars duly arrived and instructions were dished out, at this point it became evident that something was badly wrong. It seems that Ordnance Survey had seen fit to republish Explorer 14, and in doing so change the area from Malvern/Tewkesbury to Wye Dean & the Forest! Oh dear!

 


Heads were scratched, alternatives obtained and Rob kindly shot off to get some more maps. Convoys were also arranged and better late than never, the cars moved off. Although officially just for fun, it soon became apparent that there were a few serious competitors, anxious to get away and find all 14 signposts within the 3hrs available before lunch.

The challenge (for those yet to sample the rally) was to identify the position of each signpost simply (or not so simply, someone said) from the information on each direction arrow. Then calculate your own route between signposts, and off you go. No tulip rally instructions to assist on this one!

 

 

 

 

 

This year the route ran up through the woods at Brand Green where the wild anemone had turned the woodland floor white. Then through Pauntley (Dick Whittington’s birth place), Redmarley, Eldersfield and towards the Severn to Chaceley and Forthampton.  Then back across to the Malverns, through Colwall and back down through Eastnor and the obligatory car wash before heading towards Ledbury and the lunch meet at the Royal Oak at March Marcle. The clues were picked up along the way – including a master thatcher at Eastnor and tempting as it was, no one booked a room at Mathon!  Plenty of yellow daffs along the way, if you were looking.      

                                                     

 

 

 

 

On arrival we noticed some cheap cars in the Royal Oak car park so David and I decided to brighten the row up with our MG’s.  

 

 

 

 

 


 

Then a little rain drove a few back outside to put hoods up.  The food was served promptly in the function room that had been reserved exclusively for us and a good time was had by all, including our new members Andy & Luci.

 

Oh yes, finally the results are in, and joint first is shared between Andi/Luci and Rob (who put in a good show despite a late start and no navigator!) with 13 out of 14 points, not bad at all.

 

 

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