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The Galloway Forest Run
Sun 18th May 2014
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 22
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The Galloway Forest Run

Sunday 18th May 2014


We left West Kibride in the pouring rain for what was to be the first run,  organised by ourselves. As we approached the meeting point at the Burns Museum at Alloway, the rain stopped and the roads dried up, and the sun was trying to  come out. The run proved to be very popular with members from the south/west areas with several on their first run with the club. The new members were made very welcome and joined in the Pre-run Banter in the car park.

22 cars set off all with their tops down except one! Once along the A719  we passed a group of army walkers with packs on thier backs. Further on along past Dunure we had views of Arran and Ailsa Craig (partially obscured by cloud) and Culzean Castle.  We went down the Electric Brae, or was it up? and joined the B7023 to Maybole and regrouped after we crossed the A77. At Straiton the sun came out, and after regrouping again we headed off into the forest park for a brisk run down to Glen Trool Visitor Centre, where we picked up George from Dumfries.

After the short break at Glen Trool we headed off deeper into the forest park to Newton Stewart where we regrouped, and Rodney and Fiona from Stranraer and Alan & Jill from Galahiels left us, to the usual Toots & Waves, from the rest of the group. From Newton Stewart we carried on along the A712 (The Queens Way) to New Galloway past Clatteringshaws Loch, and then along the A713 to Carsphain and turning right along the B729 to Thornhill where a 4WD towing a caravan at speed in the opposite direction, caused some distress, however everyone and cars survived! Some rusty and severe cattle grids later we arrived at the junction of the A76 at Thornhill where George turned right for Dumfries, and the rest of us turned left to Cumnock and the Woodlands Restaurant at Dumfries House.

The meal,  service and venue were all excellent, and shoud be used for future runs.

Heather & Susan organised the raffle and  a total of 105 was raised for the chosen charities, and 13 packs of pants and 20 bras for 'Smalls For All'. Many thanks to every one for the donations & ticket buying.

After the meal all the cars were lined up on the recently restored bridge (which cost the Prince Charles trust 1m), for a photo shoot. I do not know what the safe working load limit on the bridge is but I hope it is more than the combined weight of all of the MX5's on it that day!

After the photos we said  our goodbyes and left for home, after a most enjoyable day out. On our way back to West Kilbride it clouded over and started to rain where it had never stopped all day!

Report By: Evan Johnson

Many thanks for the assistance I have had from other members of the club, which made this, my first run possible, and run so smoothly.


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18th May 2014 18:50 :: Margaret & David
Thanks to Carol & Evan for organising the run, great roads with a fantastic finish for good food, also the sunshine.  Thanks to Ian & Jacqueline for bringing  up the rear!    Good to meet the many new faces and hopefully we can organise another run in the West.

18th May 2014 19:04 :: Heather and Chic
Thanks Carol and Evan fantastic day and lunch - will nominate u for next years run :) good to meet so many new members and we didn't lose one of them - shame about the more experienced one we did lose :)  We collected 105 for the charities and 13 packs of pants and 20 bras for "Smalls for All" especial thanks to Margaret. 

18th May 2014 19:39 :: Jacqueline and Ian
A brilliant day, many thanks to Carol and Evan for organising it all for us. Found some exciting new roads, some not even on the official run :-)

18th May 2014 20:02 :: RobR
Robert and Melanie
Our thanks also to Carol and Evan. Absolutely brilliant first run with the club and thanks to all for making us welcome. We will look forward to our next outing with you

18th May 2014 20:38 :: alan & rosie
Thanks to Carol and Evan for organising a brilliant day. fab roads and company.

18th May 2014 20:55 :: Marshall
We'll done carol and Evan for your first run you handled it like old pro's , looking forward to your next run ,although that one will take some topping. Finally getting to sit down and undo the top button cos that meal was amazing, was so tempted to just dive into that mountain of food with my paws. Heather would not have approved although . Ooooooohhh and if anybody didn't hear me congrats sandie and David hope you enjoy your new car !!!

18th May 2014 21:05 :: Chris K
Thanks and well done to Carol and Evan for a cracking day out. Plenty of good MX5 roads and good food to finish off.
Looking forward to the next one.
Chris K.

18th May 2014 21:21 :: Rodney and fiona
Thanks very much for the invite today and for making fiona and I welcome.  Not what I was expecting which was a good thing. Only wish I had done the whole run. Look forward to the next run in the west. Lots of fantastic looking cars today that put on a great show.c u all again.

18th May 2014 21:27 :: Rodney and fiona
Oops. Thanks carol and evan for organising a great day. Photos look great.

18th May 2014 22:16 :: Robert Craig
Thanks to Carol and Evan, great day good food and company.

18th May 2014 22:42 :: gill & allan
big thank you to carol & evan for making us feel so welcome for your first run enjoyd every min made lots of new friends we are both looking forword to the next one

19th May 2014 01:56 :: Jim and Maria
Well done Evan and Carol on organising your first run, looks as if we missed out on a great day out. See you at the next run

19th May 2014 02:28 :: Eddie Telford
Sandra and I had a great time today and enjoyed all aspects of the day. Well done to the organisers for a superb trip. I can't imagine any other roads being better suited to a brisk burst of speed in an MX5.  "Buddy" also enjoyed meeting the other cars ??????

19th May 2014 06:30 :: Angus
Thanks Carol and Evans for a great day out. You even managed to organise the weather so that we could go topless

19th May 2014 08:40 :: Ali & Drew
Looks like you all had a great day - picture of roast beef looked immense. We are glad the 'newbies' had a lovely time. Sorry we missed it but we will be at the next EVAN RUN - no pressure Evan.

19th May 2014 10:36 :: mark and mary
Thanks to everyone yesterday for making us welcome on our first outing with the club. Great roads from Carol and Evan and for their organisation of it all. lunch venue and meal were first class. some great pictures and expect there are many more to be shared.
thanks Again.

19th May 2014 15:23 :: Susan
Thanks Carol and Evan for a fantastic day yesterday. Great routes (my heart skips when I see roads with Passing Place signs lol), lunch venue, and company. Lovely to see so many new members :-)

19th May 2014 22:28 :: John
Excellent day, fantastic lunch stop. Glad the strangers to the delightful Galloway roads enjoyed the day.
Hope to meet you all soon, my daughter Mhairi also enjoyed her time as my co-pilot on the day.

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