Sunday, 13 May 2018

Scrumpy run 130518

the bikes arrive at Mullacot

we take up a lot of the Cook Island car park

part of the queue to sign on with Mike

we arrive at the Blue ball
 Judging by the number of people who came over to congratulate Chris and the marshals for the days run, it seems that the new Scrumpy run was mainly well received, there were a few people who would like the run to have remained as it always was, but with increasing rules and regulations around the licence from North Devon D C  plus the committee members never getting a chance to do the scrumpy run and the storage and transportation of the posts and barriers, the committee voted to make the run a normal Devon section VMCC run.
30 people signed on for the day and I think there were others who preferred not to join the main run that chose not to. A number of riders elected to 'do their own thing' as they wished to pause to take in the views and take some photographs, so the number of riders following Chris after his pre run brief was 15. Mike did his usual stalwart signing on role and also agreed to accompany myself as back marshal for the day.
There were a few hiccups on the run, in one episode, Chris came across a 6 wheel coach which had become completely jammed on a hard corner such that no on could get past so we reversed course and Chris led us to lunch a different way.
On arrival at the Blue Ball, Chris was met by the manager who reassured him that he understood that whilst Chris had made a reservation for 40 riders for lunch based on previous intelligence, on the day our visitors had admitted that they had booked a carvery for the evening so would not need lunch and so Chris had rung ahead to apologise and down grade the booking.
There was only one breakdown when a Norton twin, ridden by one of our visitors, lost its spark, I stayed directing traffic until his mate in the three wheeler came along, they later arrived at the Blue Ball having forced the Mag to behave.
The afternoon run found us heading back to South Molton across the moor with no further incident.
Well done and thanks to Chris for the route and leading, to Mike for agreeing to do back marshal with me and to Richard for remembering the cheque book!, also one other person you may not have seen, Keith was taking photos at the valley of rocks, I'm sure we will see these at some time in the future.
Club night is this Thursday and the next run will be June 10th for the Dartmoor run led by Ian.
Maurice strides out to find his bike