Monday, 11 July 2016

Deepest Devon run 10th July 2016

17 riders turned up at the Bickleigh mill for Keiths Deepest Devon run, now let me clear up a point here, this was not Keith trying to get us to the point in Devon which is nearest to Ayres' rock in Australia but rather that we should see some of the tucked away and rural places in the county!. The weather for the day was promissed to be mainly dry with some showers around midday and this proved to be the case though nowhere near as many showers as we thought. As Mike was incapacitated due to damaging his knee ( get well soon Mike ), Chris did the signing on honours and Keith lead us away on time after the usual briefing with Chris and myself doing the honours at the rear. The route was back through Tiverton and out towards Butterleigh and Silverton with some lovely views on the way, then on to Thorverton, here we were lead on toward Stockleigh Pomeroy and Cheriton Fitzpaine where 4 of our number decided to do an unauthorised breakaway which meant that I had to leave Chris on his own at the back whilst I chased after them, three were successfully recovered and taken to the mid day stop by a different route, Dermot was seen going North and it was presumed he was continuing the run via Ilfracombe!, all eventually turned up at the Mount Pleasant Inn in Nomansland where we were well looked after. There was a shower of rain whilst we were in the Inn but it had stopped before we set off toward Rackenford, the rest of the afternoon saw us wend our way through some picturesque areas of Devon near to Molland, Knowstone, Anstey and Bishops Nympton before arriving back at the Corn Dolly in South Molton for a well eaned cuppa prior to the run home. It just remains to thank all those who came, some from a distance, to participate and to thank Keith for a very enjoyable run, now don't forget the evening run next Monday, ( July 18th ),to the Anchor at Exebridge, around 7pm, see you there.
The riders assemble

let's have a coffee to start!

meanwhile we have to wait

Dermot finds us!

unwind with another coffee