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The Lindisfarne Run
Sun 17th Aug 2014
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 19
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The Lindisfarne Run

Sunday 17th August 2014


On a blustery but dry Sunday morning 15 cars met up at Tesco, Eskbank for a run down to Lindisfarne for the annual barbecue and rounders match with our English neighbours from Tyne Tees Region. After the usual chat when friends get together, we were ready to set off. So roofs down, off we went calling at Carfraemill to pick up another 3 cars.

The sun continued to shine as we passed through the picturesque borders villages of Swinton and Norham and onwards to Berwick before the final approach down the A1 to Holy Island.

We stopped before the causeway to fit our Scottish Regalia causing a bit of a tail back with other visitors. The wind was so strong anything other than small flags would have been blown away to sea.

Evan & Carol joined us at this point and warned that the causeway had a fair bit of sea water cover due to the strong wind so we all parked up on the causeway lay-bye before getting cars wet to discuss our approach - general consensus was that we didnít want to get our bottoms covered in salty water - some cars hadnít even seen a Scottish winter as they were garaged at the first sign of salt. However the MCA (Maritime & Coastguard Agency) officer walked up to us and said it wouldnít get much better. A quick phone call confirmed that our Tyne Tees friends had arrived and were setting up camp. We couldnít wimp out in front of English competition so off we went getting sprayed by cars coming in the opposite direction.

In the car park were a large number of MX-5s and people trying to set up the frame for the event tent. So we parked up leaving the requisite area for the rounders match and emptied boots of food, seats and event tent. However looking at Tyne Tees with about 10 burly guys trying to hold down the tent, it was decided that the tent would arrive in Denmark before the ferry if we continued, so we decided to do without tents. We did however raise the two MX-5 banners and both steel poles were bent by the end of the day showing how strong the wind was.

The next challenge was trying to light the barbecues in a force 6 gale. The self igniting paper soon burnt out without much in the way of charcoal being lit so it looked like it was going to be sausages and burgers tartar for lunch. However Tyne Tees to the rescue.They managed to get their smaller BBQs lit and were soon cooking. When they were finished we sat our BBQs on top and they were soon going good style even though the bottoms were burnt through. However it was the hardy few who remained to cook their lunch - less hardy souls were seen going to the crab and burger vans at the top of the car park. Still everyone eventually had lunch and after tidying up it was on to the rounders.

Scotland eventually raised a team of 10 and won the toss, so elected to let England bat. Drew was bowler and David was wicket keeper (is that the right term in rounders?) and the remaining team were in strategic fielding positions. We eventually got the team to understand the rules and after some spirited bowling and catches (well done David for keeping wicket and getting several out and the other David for field catches) we bowled England out for six runs. Now this was a challenge to beat as previously getting even two runs had proved near impossible.
However into bat we went and we soon were racking up runs in part due to the younger element in our team this year and it looked as if we had a chance to win. When the ball was lost due to a tremendous skelp by ??? (sorry forgotten who) the game should have been over but a second ball was produced and Scotland continued to move towards a winning score which was finally achieved  by Bill with his triple home run and a ball skelped over the hedge.
A Scotland win at last. The cheers from the watching Scottish couch potatoes reverberated over the car park. Thanks team for a great performance and thanks also to our vocal supporters.

Thanks also to Tyne Tees for making it a great day and AC Patricia for arranging things at their end.

So it was time to head home and onto some good MX-5 roads to the final stop at Peebles and a coffee at Bonys restaurant where Wattie had a latte for £2.50 and didnít get any sprinkles or marshmallows so as no chuffed.
Thanks everyone for making it a great day  - I certainly got home tired and happy with a touch of sun and sand blasting from the wind. See you next year!!!

Report By: Drew Ness


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Your Comments
17th Aug 2014 21:36 :: Marshall
What a fab day, only just finished cleaning the car, think I brought home half the beach, but it was worth it to beat the English on there own turf. Heather is being put to bed  to much champers ,Rosie!!!! Would be great if you could have a return match on home soil just to beat them again, bill you are a legend and Scottish hero you will be remembered in history with the likes of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce , although I must admit my efforts were rubbish, see you's all soon .hope you all had a safe journey home

17th Aug 2014 21:37 :: Ai & Drew
Great day - and Scotland won!!!
Thanks team and everyone who turned up  to make it an enjoyable trip.

17th Aug 2014 21:45 :: Marshall
Just had a slap for her indoors for not mentioning Liam's rounders performance, only kept my trap shut so he doesn't get big headed

17th Aug 2014 22:48 :: Jim and Maria
Great day out, thanks to Ian and Jacqueline for leading the convoy and to all the members who turned out, especially those rounders players.Also good to see our friends from Tyne Tees again.

18th Aug 2014 10:22 :: Susan
Fab day yesterday - despite the weather trying it's worst! Proud to have been part of the historic Team Scotland victory :-) Well done to Bill & Liam for the winning runs! Thanks to everyone with a hand in organising.

18th Aug 2014 12:08 :: Carol &Evan
Great day, just finished cleaning underside of car for second time!Congratulations to Rounders team especially Bill & Liam, also to event organisers. The brisk run to Peebles from Lindisfarne was most enjoyable.

18th Aug 2014 15:29 :: Bill Fisken
Thanks to all for another great day at Lindisfarne. I'm proud to have contributed to a small victory over our English friends. Go Team Scotland!

18th Aug 2014 15:57 :: Raymond & Marcia
A great day with a great run  topped off with our rounders team & their fantastic win.

18th Aug 2014 18:10 :: Wattie97
Another great day out well done to all. A fab victory at the rounders a great team effort. The run back to Peebles was super. Thanks to everyone who organised this super day out.

18th Aug 2014 19:29 :: alan & rosie
Thanks to everyone for a great day. and well done to our scotland team

18th Aug 2014 20:07 :: Jacqueline & Ian
Not since 2007 have the Scottish team won the rounders at Lindisfarne, well done to our fantastic team. Yet another brilliant day out in spite of the weather. The win was the icing on the cake:-)

18th Aug 2014 20:11 :: Robert craig
Great day yesterday, well done team Scotland.  As Marshall said we should play them on our own turf, would suggest my own turf Bannockburn but we have already beat them there.
Robert !!!!!!!

18th Aug 2014 21:16 :: Sandi & David
Another great day out. Despite the wind and tide we had a fun day. We have just managed to get the salt off our bottom-oops meant car bottom. Don`t know about you guys but I can hardly move today. Old age doesn`t come itself.
Well done everyone.

20th Aug 2014 20:25 :: Patricia -Tyne Tees
Thanks to all the Scotland team for making the trip to Holy Island to give us English a jolly good thrashing!  Let's make sure we book a date next year WITHOUT a hurricane!!

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