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The Not Just Fife Run
Sun 16th Jun 2013
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 16
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The Not Just Fife Run

Sunday 16th June 2013

Well that’s our first run as organisers and lead car over and done with and a great day was had by all (according to what people told me anyway and who am I to doubt them all!!)
The sun shone brightly as a total of 16 MX5s with 28 drivers and co pilots turned up at Stirling M9 Services. The run was so popular that even a Porche Boxter turned up and was allowed to accompany us.
It was really Ramsay Ashby and his dad in their second car as his 5 was in for repairs. Neil and Jean also turned up from Largs and met up with a couple of other cars from there – is there a Largs branch of the club about to be set up?

So off we went, heading up the M9 to Dunblane and our first quiet roads over Sheriffmuir towards Greenloaning. This road has suffered a bit from winter potholes but probably the cyclist who was determined not to let people past was more annoying.
Crossing the A9 at Greenloaning we headed up the A822 to Braco before turning off on to the B827 towards Cultybraggan and Comrie.
This is a super road with sweeping bends and good views ahead which allowed the cars to demonstrate their handling safely.
The road attracted more cyclists and one especially thought that he could pedal faster than an MX5 on a downhill stretch and hogged the middle of the road before succumbing to superior numbers.

From there we headed towards Crieff and Muthill where the group was spread out due to roadworks and traffic lights that weren’t there during the recce. We reformed on the outskirts of Muthill and the official photograph was taken (agreed by a show of hands – refer to official photograph!!!)) by the Ali standing on the passenger seat. I don’t know if this will win the next STHT photo competition as we had a couple of prize winning photographers on the run to show how it should be done.

Heading towards Trinity Gask, we were again spread out and lost a couple of cars, but tail end Charlie Ian shepherded them back again in reasonable time. We headed towards Dunning and before recrossing the A9, had great views of Strathearn valley and the Ochils.
Passing through Dunning, TomTom say go left, my mind say go straight on, so straight on we went. This road was single track with no passing places and not the place to meet a geriatric VW Passat driver who could not cope with a line of cars and there were some exchanges to let him know we also paid road tax. There were also some mutterings that this road should have been part of the Land Rover Owners Club route but in my view it was the quickest way to get to the Path of Condie. (Maybe TomTom was right after all) Some spirited driving later we arrived at Milnathort and a few minutes later were at our coffee and comfort break at Loch Leven Bistro in Kinross. The sun continued to shine and we spent a lovely 45 minutes on the bistro decking overlooking Loch Leven.

Moving off again we entered the Fife phase of the run and headed towards Falkland via Scotlandwell and Strathmiglo. Were there again some more mutterings of Land Rover quality roads – maybe, however we had to take the single track road from Glenlomond to Strathmiglo so my wife could point out the house where her mother was born. Not sure if everyone picked it up over the radio though. Passing safely through Strathmiglo and onwards to Falkland there was the prearranged piper playing in the square to celebrate our passing. The road over the Lomond Hills country park to Leslie allowed us to put the 5 through its paces again, well me anyway as lead car clearing the way. I hope the others enjoyed it as much.
We diverted past Fife International airport but the expected jumbo failed to turn up on time so we pressed on towards scenic Cardenden and Lochgelly, before encountering the great twisty road from Auchtertool to Crossgates.

With the time for our lunchtime date at the Red Lion in Culross approaching we headed through Rosyth, Limekilns and Torryburn before parking up and joining the MX5 drivers ramblers club for the stroll to the pub.
An extremely convivial time was had and I hope everyone enjoyed lunch as much as me. Thanks to the Red Lion staff for getting the meals out as the pub was extremely busy for Fathers Day.
A raffle was held and a great total of £100 was raised for Erskine Hospital. Thanks to everyone who provided prizes and also to all for being so generous in buying raffle tickets.

In closing I would like to thank my co pilot and navigator Ali for her efforts to make sure everyone followed the same route with her radio comments. I promise she will know her left from right, which way cyclists are heading and carry out a crash course in car identification before I let her loose if we are asked to arrange another run.
Oh and thank you all for coming -  we had a blast today.

Report by: Ali & Drew


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16th Jun 2013 19:38 :: alan
great run and lunch a big thanks to ali and drew for a brilliant day

16th Jun 2013 20:23 :: Marshall and heather
Well done Ali and drew what a great weekend we\'ve had for your first run you done a fabulous job all your efforts paid off, Maria I hope you enjoy my knob I bet you couldn\'t wait to get your hands on it, and to Alan cheers for taking the picture that I\'m sure you\'d agree makes me look a right eejit I will get you back!!! Look forward to seeing you all again very soon

16th Jun 2013 20:34 :: alan
Marshall i think you look great in fact ive put it on the internet and ive had to honeys wanting your phone no

16th Jun 2013 20:39 :: Robert craig
Thanks to Ali and Drew, great choice of roads.  Cheers for taking photo Alan car looks good in it.  see you all again soon.

16th Jun 2013 20:54 :: Marshall
Is that honey monsters Alan I couldn't begin to imagine what websites you've been on

16th Jun 2013 21:15 :: Ramsay
Thanks to everybody involved - was a good day and the weather was (pretty much!) on our side.

Hopefully the '5 will be ready for the next one.

16th Jun 2013 21:51 :: Marcia & Raymond
A big well done on your 1st run - good weather, great mix of roads, very scenic, pipe band on cue, meal was good & as always, great company.  Thanks for a lovely outing.

17th Jun 2013 12:15 :: Gordon & Moira
Well done Ali & Drew on your first run. We thought it was a good idea to finish the run with a late lunch, where there was no pressure to get back on the road. Here's to the next one.

17th Jun 2013 14:45 :: Jim and Maria
Well done Ali and Drew, your first run was brilliant, great roads and very good venues at Kinross and Culross. Thanks to all the members who participated to make the run the success it was.

17th Jun 2013 15:12 :: wattie97
Yep another great day out with our wee cars.Super roads and scenery fab food stops and as usual great company.
Well done Ali and Drew you are already pencilled in for next year.
    Wattie & Janet.

17th Jun 2013 15:36 :: Fiona and Ian
Thanks Ali and Drew we had a great day.    Been a while since we've managed a run, nice to meet up with old friends again and meet some new ones too. 

17th Jun 2013 16:52 :: Ian and Irene
Had a great day once again. Well done to Ali and Drew for a well planned interesting day.

17th Jun 2013 17:47 :: Susan
Big thanks to Ali & Drew for a fantastic run, great pit stop at Kinross, and excellent food in Culross. I know Jill had a fab time too. Cracking photos as well!

20th Jun 2013 11:56 :: Carol & Evan
Thanks to Ali & Drew for a brilliant W. E. it will be a hard act for me & carol to follow next year when we will do our first run.Nice touch having Sunday lunch at the end of a fantastic run.

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