Monday, 9 May 2016

Scrumpy run 8th May 2016

After some months of planning, ( mostly by our esteemed secretary Chris ), meetings and preparation, the Scrumpy run for 2016 has been and gone, many thanks to all who helped to make the event another success for the 40 or so riders who took part, particular thanks to Maurice for the route, to John C who turned up on the day to help the committee with marshaling, to Sandra who helped Mike with the signing on and to all committee members who turned out of bed in the early hours to set things up. The day turned out dry and bright, which is unusual enough for the Scrumpy run, but all thought of walking around in shirtsleeves were put aside as the wind was blowing merrily across the site. As usual, members of the public came to view and to tell tall tales of their past escapades on bikes, it also seems that if we wear an orange jacket and place ourselves at or near the entrance to the site, people think we are knowledgable about car parking, toilets, cash machines bus times, and any other local information!. The run set off a little after 11am as riders followed the suggested route and any other route they thought might take them somewhere near Exmoor, Ray and I set off some 10 minutes after the main party in order to ensure there were no problems. We got as far as the narrow road leading to the Valley of rocks when we came across Brian and Steve who were having difficulties with starting, at the same time, a rider walked down toward us begging a lift as his bike had given up, he jumped on the back of my bike but our combined weight caused the rear suspension to bottom which cut an extra tread down the centre of my rear tyre!, I was able to off load him to cousin Merv who took him into Lynton, we also learnt here that a rider had unfortunately come off on the roundabout and had been brushed off and sent on. Having seen the main party arrive safely at the lunchtime stop ( albeit a Vincent was chucking out oil ), we came back to site to prepare for their return. The Mayor arrived at 3pm to present the prizes which were to John M for oldest bike and rider, to Cyril and his TRIUMPH for the most votes by the the riders on the run today and to Mike K for his noddy bike as it reminded the Mayor of his youth when the local bobby had such a machine. Tea was provided by the council as usual up at the pavilion and was enjoyed by a reasonable number of people who stayed for it. Now if I have missed anyone then I'm sorry, it is a big event for us and requires a lot of work and
Girders on display

ready to go chaps

Teles line up

a real variety of bikes

the Mayor talks noddy bikes

Mikes bike is Mayors choice

John M is the oldest bike and rider

Cyril gets the riders vote

now we will have to start on next years Scrumpy!, don't forget Rays ramble on the 18th see you there.