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Gethin's April Opener

24th April 2018

Our first run of the year was aptly named April Opener and it certainly lived up to its name as the heavens opened and we were all thoroughly drenched. Jan and Gethin left home early to get to Seven Springs first, fat chance, apart from the usual early birds we were delayed by a road traffic accident that closed the A40 and we drove a large part of the route in reverse order to avoid the chaos.
10 cars were lined, with Rob desperate to find an MGF handbook to sort out why he had a warning light on the dash.


Due to the inclement weather we decided to let the cars go early and they left before 6.30. At about 6.32 John and Mo arrived chuffed that they were the first to arrive only to find that the other 10 cars had left.


The route took the crews up over Hilcot Wood and on via Withington and Compton Abdale for a short stretch of the A40 (that was not closed) to Northleach turning left at the roundabout almost immediately turning right to follow the Sherbourne Brook through Farmington and Sherbourne to then follow the Windrush Vally to cross the Windrush river at Great Barrington before following its Northern bank to Burford.


Unfortunatly at 15.3 miles of the route the police had put an arrow to direct people up to the open part of the A40, this arrow had not been there when we did the route at 6 o clock. Believing the road ahead to be blocked both Rob and Myn and John and Mo decided to retrace their steps and take an early bath.
From Burford it was just 5 miles to the finish via Fulbrook and Swinbrook to Minster Lovell and The Dovecote where dinner was served.


All in all and eventful evening summed up as lousy  weather but great food.
The route was so pretty that it was a shame that it could not be seen through the rain, Perhaps if a date can be found we could put on a slightly modified run in the summer.

Thank you from Jan & Gethin to the hardy souls who turned out and apologies for the weather and road closures.

 

 

 

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