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Midsummer Run
Wed 22nd Jun 2016 to Wed 22nd Jun 2016
organised by Highland Scotland

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Midsummer Evening Run – Wednesday 22nd June
Back at our AGM we had put our hands up and offered to do the groups first midweek and evening run. We went for a day as near the summer solstice as possible and chose Wed 22nd June.  The planned route was to head North and West, cross country to Gairloch for dinner, then on to Gruinard Bay to catch the sunset.  We never expected the support we got from the other members and as the run was posted with details, so more and more people joined the list of those attending.  We were stunned to find on the 21st of June that we were up to 13 cars!!
Six cars were planned to meet at the Dolphin Centre just north of the Kessock Bridge on the A9 6.00pm, including potential new members.  We picked up another car en route before stopping in at Rogie Falls, near Garve, to meet the final six cars, a grand total of thirteen!!  Such a superb turn out for a school night and a new run for the Hi-5s. 
The run from Inverness to Gairloch took in beautiful scenery and sunshine, yes, sunshine, along the A835 and A832.  To add an element of fun to the run we had a number of competitions planned. We made a quick stop at Achnasheen, for loo’s, a photo line up and for the first of the competitions. This was for the Best Summer Track. The judges, us, went to each car to listen to the chosen track, an interesting mix of music and singing from one couple without a radio!
From Achnasheen it was a stunning drive along traffic free sweeping roads to Gairloch and the stunning West Coast. Dinner was at the Steading Bistro in Gairloch, which had opened especially for us and produced superb food and a great atmosphere.  Here we presented prizes for Best Summer Track, this went to Ali for “Here comes the Sun” very appropriate especially when there hadn’t been that much sun recently.  The other two competitions were for the best summer attire for a guy and a gal. The gals prize went to Jill for the most appropriate summer attire for Scotland. She looked stunning in rain mac, welly boots, plastic rain hat and umbrella, just brilliant!  The guys prize went to Bobby for his bright multicoloured shirt, socks and sandals topped off with a knotted handkerchief. 
With the dinner and prize giving over, we headed North to the beach at Gruinard Bay, the sun slowly sinking lower in a perfect blue sky to our left. At the beach we had our sandcastle or sculpture competition. Much fun was had with some drivers bringing full sized buckets and spades! The winners of this very competitive competition being Andy & Dorothy, for their mammoth castle. Being the seaside, they received an inflatable trophy!
Jon signalled the end of the competition with a display of fire-breathing and eating, everyone needs a hobby!!  His madness also signalled the opening of ‘Bar-5’ - an exclusive little cocktail bar, complete with mirror ball and lights, set up in the boot of Jane’s MK.2.5.  Unfortunately, no one had remembered to tell the dreaded West Coast Midges that they were not invited and so mocktails were drunk in record time, and we fled in terror!
Midges behind us, we set off once more up the coast, before heading cross country below a stunning twilight sky.  Once on the A835 for the return leg to Inverness, the C.B’s became very useful as the road is used by many very large red stags as a place to stroll.  Driving under a night sky is something every MX-5 owner needs to do and for us seeing a trail of headlights in our mirrors, knowing each one is a friend, was quite an emotional sight.
A final pull in at the petrol station at Contin was made to say our goodbyes at around 11.45pm with much laughter and many hugs. Everyone had enjoyed the run, the sun, the stunning roads and scenery. I don’t think this will be our last late night run!! 
A big thank you to those who came along and made it such a special evening.  And a huge thank you for trusting us to make a late night, a great night.
The potential new members signed up the next day.

Jane and Jon Lane
MX-5 Mk 2.5 SVT Sport.


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Your Comments
24th Jun 2016 13:01 :: Charles and Gillian

Run report now posted.

24th Jun 2016 13:41 :: Wendy
Great night Jon and Jane sorry I was not able to do the sandcastle but was in a lot of pain with my knee and ankle but as always out with great company and friend old and new

24th Jun 2016 15:48 :: John Young
Thank you to everyone for making us welcome. Being the "NEW GUYS" we were made extremely welcome. It was a fantastic evening and here's to many more. John & Tanya.

27th Jun 2016 18:54 :: Ali@Mandy
Thanks for a fantastic action  packed fun run
Brilliant

29th Jun 2016 21:37 :: Debbie & Bobby
Thank you's for putting together a super evening run can't wait to see what you's come up with next !!!

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