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Gordon's Birthday Run
Sun 14th Mar 2010
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 11
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Sunday 14th March 2010

A crisp early spring morning but a sunny one at last as we gathered at Hunters Tryst car park before heading off out from the south of Edinburgh on a brisk run down to Carlops. Gordon and Sue then led us into the country crossing over unnamed roads to Eddlestone and then heading up and across the scenic Meldons before turning past Neidpath Castle and into Peebles.

Continuing out of Peebles on the south of the River Tweed the scenery changed from moorland hills to riverside forest as we passed through Cardrona Forest and past the10th century Traquair House before leaving Innerleithen and heading up into the Moorfoot Hills. This is an excellent stretch of open road. Initially passing through Innerleithen golf course and being bordered on both sides by manicured fairways it then follows the meandering roadside stream with the grass only maintained by the free ranging sheep before climbing up into the more rugged heights of the Moorfoots.

We continued through the border regions gently wooded landscapes before arriving at our lunch stop in the village of Westruther.

Entering the bar of the Old Thistle Inn we were welcomed by a warming fire and a couple of reivers up from the borders nursing gently last night’s hangover. Gordon and Moira had come up from Jedburgh for lunch and the afternoon run.

After being led through to the dining area we squeezed in to the cosy dining room and enjoyed a fine lunch enhanced by the regular banter and “gentle” ribbing

After lunch a raffle was held in aid of Maggies Cancer care and club funds which raised £42.00 and brings the total from 2 events this year to £95.00. As ever thanks again to all who contributed both in providing prizes and buying tickets.

This was a fine and welcoming new pub for lunch and it was obvious that some of the members found it too welcoming.  Ian, having lost the ability to recognise his partner Jacqueline, started cuddling one of the barmaids before being advised that it was the wrong woman and Jacqueline, seeming to have lost the ability to control her bladder, tried to enter the gents as the ladies was occupied and she did not wish to wait before being told that the Gents was also “in use”.  Her protestations at the door to the gents being much to the consternation of the gentleman in occupancy.

As Ian’s face began to lose its redness Gordon summoned us for a photo shoot at the front of the pub following which we headed off East toward Duns before turning north and climbing up into the Lammermuir Hills. As we climbed the remnants of the recent winter snowfall became ever more evident with still quite deep banks of snow bordering the roads and water splashes becoming a regular occurrence from the meltwater. The roads were covered in large potholes from the damage of a severe winter and meant the brisk pace of the morning had to be tempered in the afternoon but as we crested the Lammermuir tops it was worth slowing down anyway to view the River Forth with Fife in the distance and a sun covered Bass Rock in the foreground. This is a really scenic section of road and continued to be so as we dropped down into the valley from the reservoir and then climbed out the other side before entering Gifford.

Having returned to more populated areas we passed through Lothian’s villages before ending our run in the Car Park of the Melville Inn.

Congratulations on this weekend of Birthdays to Jacqueline and Gordon who celebrate their birthday on Monday and to Gordon who celebrated his on Saturday.

Many thanks to Gordon and Sue for all the work in arranging a well organised and scenic run on roads which were ideal for enjoying our cars and also many thanks to all who attended.

Ian and I hope you all enjoyed the day out. (Ian certainly enjoyed his although I am not sure that the barmaid feels the same).

Report by: Charles Kennedy

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14th Mar 2010 21:32 :: Jacqueline & Ian
Many thanks to Sue and Gordon, the route, lunch venue and lunch were all first class. We both thoroughly enjoyed the day. 

15th Mar 2010 12:12 :: Stella & Nige
This was some run. Brilliant sunshine, snow on the hills, a spot of rain, good lunch (as always), good company, and I got home first! Thanks to everyone for a great day out.

15th Mar 2010 12:40 :: Martin Holmes
Passed you all on the Duns to Gifford via Longfermacus road, looked very impresive one after another! I was the drooket looking cyclist heading the other way. Nice cars!

15th Mar 2010 12:43 :: wattie97
Well done Gordon and Sue what a fabulous run over roads I did not know existed. Great lunch venue as always and great company. Thanks for an enjoyable day out.
P.S. I never got lost once no bad eh?
Happy birthday Jaqueline and the two Gordons.
  Wattie and Janet.

15th Mar 2010 12:58 :: chic and heather
Thanks to Gordon and Sue for organising an excellent day out - great roads, views and lunch
Wattie - i take it your comment about not getting lost once only refers to after the run had started!!

15th Mar 2010 22:09 :: Dot and Chas
Great day with both sunshine and snow.Lovely lunch.Thanks to Gordon and Sue.

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