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Cotswold Caper

3rd July 2016

 

Photos from the Run

 

Last years Cotswold Caper was the tenth anniversary and as such was very special to us.  We were blessed with 189 cars coming to the event and that meant almost 400 people who enjoyed what was a great day in the Forest Of Dean.  As well as making all those souls happy we smashed through the £30,000 barrier in fundraising for charities and raising £35,000 in the ten years since it started and almost £5,700 on the day. 


 

 

A number of our friends asked how we were going to better it in 2016 which we took as a challenge.  As run organisers will recognise, the first priority is finding a venue for the start and finish.  This year we were lucky and came across Seasons Conference Centre otherwise known as the training ground for Cheltenham Football Club, the Robins.  As it was a slightly smaller venue than our previous choices the decision was made to restrict the numbers to avoid overcrowding. 

 

 

 

 

To our surprise and delight we filled our quota before the end of May – six weeks before the actual run itself.  I had many requests to be put on the waiting list but as I said to one person – “you will be number thirty on the waiting list, don’t hold too much hope”

 

 

 


 

For the run we needed Paul to pull out the stops and we made a bet with him he couldn’t improve on the Forest.  He is easy to wind up and he took the challenge.  He, and others in the team, worked on the route in the winter months, planning, modifying and testing.  Finally it was tested by those who would be marshalling on the day and the final route was successfully put together

 

 

 


 

 

Always looking to improve on our guests’ experience we decided to add a little humour to the guide by including the results from our Caption competitions from the club www.glosmgoc.co.uk/caption.htm  
Starting from Cheltenham the route went through Gotherington, a village founded in 780AD and then passed the prestigious Prescott Hill Climb site.  If only the MGs were allowed in just think how many records could have been broken on that day.

 

 


Onto Jonjo O’Neill’s Jackdaws Castle famous to all racegoers.  Quite apt really as one of our cars lost a (brake) shoe there and had to limp home.  Donnington Brewery featured quite quickly afterwards and we could hear the sighs from those who couldn’t stop to sample the first class beers.


 

Broadwell came soon after where Tim and I were lying in wait with the camera to get the cars as they passed through the ford.  Many came through at a sedate pace but others just “blipped” the throttle (still staying in the speed limit) and churned the water to make a more exciting picture.  If we have another ford next year we will place Tim closer in his sou’ wester and see how wet they can make him.  Sitting on the village green we knew we were in Gloucestershire when someone came out to see the cars and had to run off as he “had left his bread cooking in the Aga!”

 

 


 

 

Bourton on the Water, otherwise known as the Venice of the Cotswolds, featured next where the idyllic River Windrush with its elegant low bridges runs through the town.  This is one of the Cotswolds premier tourist attractions visited by thousands annually.  Usually in the August Bank holiday there is a football game held in the river by local teams. There was a stop planned there where tourist memorabilia and ice creams could be partaken of as well as “rest areas”

 

 


 

 

Sherbourne, Little Barrington and Lechlade were visited next before reaching the final “official” watering hole of the day – the Garden Centre.  Dave, an ex-traffic policeman, was sent to help with the parking.  To show how friendly a bunch we were he guided people into vacant parking spaces and in some cases even helped load cars with bags of compost.  So pleased were some of the customers one lady told him she would write a good comment on the Garden Centre website.  The manager even offered him a job!

 


 

 

 

Meandering through the Costwold Water Park past the famed RAF Fairford, home of the world’s leading air show, we skirted Bibury passing all the tourists photographing Arlington Row.  These are a row of cottages built in the 1380s and converted to weaver’s cottages in the seventeenth century. 

 

 

 


 

Once back in Seasons people were able to check their raffle tickets for prizes and get much needed refreshment.  We had arranged for our local MG agent to bring along the new MG GS.  If we had a pound for each time we were asked if it was the first prize in the raffle we could have doubled our raffle takings. Understandably Warners declined to let us have one but they decided to donate a substitute raffle prize. Navigating in the GS was Zak, aged 10 , who did a magnificent job of getting around the course except he fell asleep before the end.  Still at least they got back.

 


One lady navigator, on her first MG rally, was worried she would not be able to navigate using a map.  By the end of the run she was converted and said she really liked the Tulip Diagrams which she found easy to use and she would definitely be back next year 


We only lost a few on the way and most managed to get back in one piece all were of the opinion Paul had won the bet.  It was officially better than last year.  We have of course said to him “double or nothing” so he is even now pondering on next years route and what we can do to keep fresh


We award two trophies each year, one to the club with the highest attendance and the other to the person who has travelled furthest to get here.  Ian Fraser and his wife Jacqueline from Middlesborough won this year and we hope to see them again next year with some friends.


 

 

For the third year running the cup for the club with the most entries went to the clear winners –Southampton and New Forest MG Owners Club.  When asked why they keep coming back they said they will keep coming until we get it right! 


 

 

 

My own funny memory?  On driving home I had a call by someone who went on the run and said he got back at 6:40pm and we had all gone.  Perhaps he wasn’t aware of the 7:30 am start we had that morning


 

 

 

I would like to thank all those from the Gloucestershire MG Owners Club who have donated their valuable time and many raffle prizes to the cause.  You can all rest assured in the knowledge that the monies raised for the Gloucestershire Young Carers will be money well spent.

How much did we raise? Just slightly over £5000

 

 

 


Finally, thanks to all our guests and friends that we see year on year and we are grateful to their support and long may they continue to support our Charites


Next year we will be starting slightly earlier in the year on 25th June 2017 from the Cirencester area.  Make sure you get those entries in early!

 

Feedback

Many thanks for this.

As Steve and I said to many of your marshals, another fantastic day and so well supported – not just by the people who turned up and enjoyed the day, but for your club members who had clearly worked very hard over a long time to ensure a good run was had by all.

With so many cars in attendance (well done to your all for that) it may be something to consider...
Steve and I completed a car rally in Scotland this year – a run of 173 miles in one day. They had 60 cars, but divided into 2 groups and each groups left at the same time, but half did the run in reverse – round trip not the gear ha ha!
We had three stop points – morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. Each group met up at the luncheon point, but other than that we didn’t see the cars on the reverse route at all!
But splitting the group into 2 means no long queues of cars on the single track roads – must be soooooo annoying if you’re the car having just gave way to what you thought was only one or two – to end up stuck there whilst tens of cars waved a thank you. J
As I say – just a thought.

But well done Gloucester MG Club – what a really united group you are – a really good turn out by your members.
Be proud – be very proud J J J
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Many thanks for another great run. Brilliant and faultless organisation as always, even the weather was sorted. 

Thanks again. 
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A great day and great photos!
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Congratulations on a fabulous day.
This from our point of view was the best so far and we do not know how you can better it.
The route which enabled us to see some fantastic scenery enhanced by the superb weather was fabulous.
The other thing which was clearly evident was the contribution from all the individuals who assisted you in making the event so memorable.
The marshall's to the pink ladies and others who were so helpful, friendly and nice need to know how much they were appreciated by us and hopefully you will pass on our thanks to them.
Have a great summer and we look forward to next year.
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Thank you Adrian and all the gang for your very hard before the event and of course on the day.  We would like to congratulate you – we thoroughly enjoyed the run, but we heard some say (including some in our own group) that it was a little too many miles – it would have been sufficient to finish the run at the garden centre, maybe!   This was because of driving on the smaller roads and made it more hard work and more tiring to drive the older no power steering cars with so much mileage.     We cannot fault any of the route taken other that it was too long.   We are not being negative at all, but since you asked for comments – this is our reply.  

Many congratulation to you all again.  We wish you success in the future and look forward to joining you on another run in the future.
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Super photos Adrian, sorry not to be amongst them this year, I didn’t realise we were so far behind everyone!  Still lovely photos of the Flat Coated Retriever, unfortunately I had to leave mine behind as not quite enough room in the MGA!!

Many thanks for a super day, I realise how much work is involved with so many cars taking part but it all seemed to go very smoothly. Already looking forward to next year.

Pass on my thanks to all concerned.
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Thank you for your email and the link with the photographs.

This was our first Cotswold Caper and we thought that it was well organised    It was a lovely scenic run with very clear instructions.   If we have a criticism, we felt it was rather long and a shorter route would have been preferable.   Despite this, we both thoroughly enjoyed the day and hope to come again next year, especially if you can arrange the same beautiful weather

Please pass on our thanks to all involved on organising the Cotswold Caper.
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Just wanted to thank you all for your hard work in organising such a great run for us all on Sunday. 

It was much appreciated we all had a lovely weekend enjoying the Cotswold countryside. 

Thanks again to everyone. 
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Well done Adrian & all of your team, another great day.
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Many thanks for the photos, we had a great day.  Lovely weather too.  The Caper is our favourite run of the year and we really like reading all the information about the villages contained in the route book
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Thank you all so much for yet another SECOND TO NONE “Cotswold Caper” – we all really do appreciate your hard work and attention to detail.  Just “as ordered” the company and weather were first class.  I look forward to seeing you all again at the next meeting.  With all good wishes
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Thanks for the photos very good
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Thank you for a Truly Marvellous day out in the Cotswold countryside​, we really enjoyed it and have looked at the photos of the water splash(not many cars making a splash but we did MGB GT White ucu21t)and we had lovely sunshine and a sun tanned face.

We have also mentioned it to our club members so they can put it in their diaries ready for next year.

All the best and can you thank ALL the team that was helping the Gloucester MGOC for making this a GREAT DAY out, from the Bromsgrove & District MGOC.
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Many thanks for this and for all the hard work that everyone put in to make this another excellent day. We both really enjoyed ourselves. Very good to have raised such a sum for your charity too.
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Thank you Adrian, an all the people that worked so hard in putting together no just the run but the whole
day, it did rate as one of the best runs I have been on, thanks again hope to see you next year.
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Just like to send a huge thank you to you and all concerned in making a wonderful day so perfect.  You've done it again!  We had a great time and look forward to another adventure next year.
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Thank you for the link to the photographs.  Whilst a great photograph and in focus ours seems to have some old geezer with a grey beard behind the steering wheel! 

However on a more serious note please thank everyone involved in the organisation of the day for their hard work.  We had a fantastic day out, thoroughly enjoying every minute of it.  We can appreciate that a lot of hard work goes into the organisation, making sure that the start/finish point is able to accept so many cars at once and is ready on the day, that the bacon rolls and tea/coffee are hot when the first cars arrive and that the young lasses were ready to hand out the rally packs, that the garden centre was marshalled and that there was a cup of team or similar waiting at the end.  And you even managed to organise the sun.  Well done to all.

You ask if the day could be improved, well I don't think so.  I think you have it about right as it is.
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Just to say that we thoroughly enjoyed the run, please pass on our thanks to all the team.
I feel that because the weather was so good the length of the run was fine, if it had been wet it may have been a bit too long.
Bourton-on-the-water is a beautiful place, but on a sunny July Sunday afternoon, far too busy to enjoy fully. Add to that a pay car park and difficulty in finding a suitable picnic site, not the best lunch stop.
I think if the run had been a little bit shorter, making Lechlade Garden Centre the lunch stop would have been much better, good parking area, toilets, café etc.
Please don’t take these comments as a big negative against the run, we all (7) had a great time and the areas we covered were breath taking at times.
So thanks again to you and your group for a fabulous weekend.
I am sure we will all attend again next year.
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Thank you so much for a wonderful day, we both thoroughly enjoyed it. 
What a fantastic route, we thought we knew the Cotswolds but visited so many new places that we had not visited before, we plan to use the route to revisit these places in the future.
The presentation of the route book was excellent, and the organisation of the whole event was brilliant from the reception of the marshals to the pink ladies selling the raffle tickets and on registration.

We certainly look forward to joining you again next year.
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Thanks for the excellent photos, and for a very enjoyable day on Sunday. Thanks for arranging the perfect weather too !

It was good to meet you and the rest of the team. Well done to all of you for raising so much money for your chosen charity.

My only suggestion for making the event even better next year would be to sell the raffle tickets throughout the day, e.g. at the lunch stop, as well as in the morning.

I had wanted to buy some raffle tickets, and had assumed (incorrectly) that they would be on sale at the finishing line, as had been the case on the New Forest Run.

It wasn't until arrival at the finish that I discovered that a line of people whom I had assumed were queueing to sign in during the morning had actually been in a queue to buy raffle tickets!

It simply never occurred to me that the tickets would be sold on a "now or never" basis in the morning!

I wonder how many other people who would have bought some tickets during the day also missed the ticket sales amid the sea of people at the sign in desk in the morning?

I think there's definitely an opportunity there to sell many more tickets, and raise more money for your chosen charity by a) making ticket sales more visible in the morning (ideally away from the scrum at the sign in desk),
b) also offering tickets for sale at the lunch rest location, and
c) continuing to sell tickets up to around 5:00pm, with a draw at perhaps 5:30pm, as many cars were still only returning to the finish around 5:00pm.

Other than that, I thought the event was excellent, and the route was superb. We even had some spectators cheering us along at some locations, which was brilliant.
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Just a short note to thank you and everyone else involved in the organisation of this years Cotswold Capers. It was my 4th time and I think definitely the best! Absolutely brilliant with beautiful scenery, lovely villages and you even arranged the right weather.

Well done and thank you to you all. Roll on the 2017 event!
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just a note to say thank you for an exciting run thoroughly enjoyed, next years entry form on its way to you, all the best
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I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed yesterday’s 2016 Cotswold Caper.

Perfect ‘topless’ motoring weather helped of course, but my wife and I (plus friends travelling in another MGF), all thought the route was delightfully varied, hugely enjoyable and impeccably planned. We made the most of our day and didn’t get back to Cheltenham until almost 5.30pm.

I can imagine how much work goes into putting such a major event together and I applaud everyone involved. I hope you raised a useful amount for your chosen charity.
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I wanted to thank you for the excellent rally yesterday which was the first one for the wife and I.

We were car 139 and for your records we didn't bring my wifes TF (LV05 VHP) as we thought the weather would be colder than it was so we drove my SVR (KT09 NUP) instead.
  
See you next year!
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