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The Callander Weekend
Sat 13th Aug 2011 to Sun 14th Aug 2011
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 34
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The Callander Weekend

It all started the weekend before with a group helping to erect the marquee despite the seemingly endless rain.

Friday 12th

This was a tale of 3 groups
A small group from Central Scotland floored the Marquee and set out tables, put up lights etc.
The Group from Yorkshire left home at around 5 in the evening to travel north
The Group from Northern Ireland landed at Troon at 9.30am after what must have been a very early start, to be met by Chic & Heather, for a run up the coast in more rain and Lunch at Arrochar. The afternoon run was cut short due to heavy rain and mist.

Saturday 13th

Everyone met at Station Road Car Park in Callander for the run to Blair Castle. We set off with hoods down and no rain! The run took us through Killin, past the Falls of Dochart and onward down the side of Loch Tay to Aberfeldy, Tummel Bridge, then up to Blair Atholl.
Lunch at Blair Castle was very good soup and sandwiches, and after a look at the gift shop we (nearly all!) left for the return run, via Aberfeldy, Sma’ Glen and a trip over the moors at Braco. We only had to close the roofs once in the vicinity of Braco, but they soon were down again.
Once back in Callander the Barbeque in the evening was followed by live music, thanks to Sandy, Ian and Robert, accompanied by the usual tuneful sing-along. A wandering minstrel (Chas) gave us a rendition of Alice (not the PC version)

Sunday 14th

The CS crowd gathered at the marquee and decided to drop it whilst it was dry. As soon as it was down the rain resumed, so any idea of a run was forgotten as the weather went downhill.
The Irish group went sightseeing in Edinburgh and Stirling, whilst the Yorkshire group took a dry run home via a scenic route.

The group from Northern Ireland have invited CS to a return visit to Northern Ireland next Easter.

Thanks to all that helped with the Marquee the weekend before, and on Sunday; to Chic & Heather for hosting the NI crowd. Also to Gavin who came back for another 4 hours of tidying up on Monday, and everyone who helped make the event a success.

Richard & Eileen


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14th Aug 2011 17:28 :: WSBen
Thank to all Central Scotland members for a great weekend at Callander. The run on Saturday was excellent, BBQ superb, entertainment first class,and our friends from Ireland were excellent company.Our hosts (as usual) did us proud. Had a lovely run home with the roof down in sunny weather. See you all again soon

14th Aug 2011 17:56 :: Gavin
What a weekend. Great roads and great company. Thanks to Eileen and Richard for hosting us again. The drive home was dry from just about a mile down the road.

14th Aug 2011 18:18 :: Marshall and heather
Fantastic weekend and wonderful company thanks to richard and eileen for being the greatest hosts ever the planning involved was amazing and you both are a real credit to the club, now of to bed as I'm knackered

14th Aug 2011 19:17 :: JacquelineD
Brilliant weekend. Thanks to Eileen and Richard for making it so good and Sandy, Ian and Robert for being so talented and keeping us entertained all night... Margo and Chas too. What a great club with so many great people.

14th Aug 2011 20:16 :: Ali & Drew
Our first Callander weekend and it lived up to expectations - we had a lovely time and look forward to next year!!! Thanks to all involved in organising - you know who you are.

14th Aug 2011 22:00 :: Neill
Thanks to Richard & Eileen for a great weekend, the english had another good time,we drove home today tops down all the way home. Just waiting for the invite for next year !

15th Aug 2011 13:29 :: wattie97
Another great wekend in the company of our MX5 friends. A huge thankyou to Richard and Eileen for their hard work and hospitality. See you all again soon.
    Wattie & Janet.

15th Aug 2011 15:27 :: Fiona and Ian
Another great weekend at Callander in Richard and Eileens tent, good company and laughs.
Once again they both excelled themselves.    Good to see and chat to new friends and old. 

15th Aug 2011 16:09 :: chic and heather
Excellent and enjoyable weekend.
Thanks to Richard and Eileen for their hospitality and extra hard work this year in preparing for the large numbers and the Irish visit.
Steve NI AC offered his thanks and appreciation this morning before they left for the welcome they received from CS members and particularly for the work and facilities provided by Richard and Eileen
Good to see Neil, Lindy and the Yorkshire group again
Thanks also to Sandy and Ian for their music along with the contributions af Robert, Margo and of course Chas

15th Aug 2011 18:27 :: Jim and Maria
Another brilliant Callander weekend. Thanks to Richard and Eileen for their hospitality and organising the weekend. Always a great bunch at MX5 events and this was no exception.

17th Aug 2011 19:13 :: Anne
Pure Dead Brilliant! Great hosts,entertainment,organisation and company. Many thanks to Eileen & Richard and everyone involved in making the weekend a success. Look forward to next time.

18th Aug 2011 13:42 :: Steve & Jenny
What more can I say that has not already been said? Yes an all round excellent event. Warm, friendy,  Scottish hospitality was experienced and enjoyed by all. Thanks again to Richard and Eileen for opening up their home to us all and to Charles and Heather for taking us "under their wings". Thnks too, to all the unspoken heroes who worked hard behind the scenes and gave up their valuable time to make this event happen. Really looking forward to the return visit to NI in 2012.

18th Aug 2011 15:23 :: Evan & Carol
Great WE, great run, great BBQ, great entertainment,great organisation, great people especially Eleen & Richard for thier hospitality. Looking forward to next time.

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