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The Kelpies and Chips
Sun 22nd Mar 2015
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 23
 
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The Kelpies and Chips Run
The Sculptures of Andy Scott

Sunday 22nd March 2015


At the start of our run, 24 of us met at the Kelpies Visitor Centre. The sun was trying to shine but the wind was fairly strong on the open plain of the Helix park. We huddled together and followed our very funny, informative and ex- MX5 owner Steve towards the magnificent Kelpies.
The highlight of the tour was to enter into the framework of Duke [the Kelpie with his head down]. It was a wonderful experience. When we said our goodbyes to Steve we all headed over to the Coffee kiosk for well deserved hot beverages.

We made our way over to the Falkirk Stadium to meet our other half of the group.
It was lovely that we had a few minutes to chat to the new and perhaps joining members.
Trying to begin a run with 23 cars was difficult but we headed over to Fife to view the first of Andy Scott’s Clackmannanshire commissioned Sculptures, heading over the Clackmannan bridge.


Journey's End


Our First stop is 'This Journey's End' which is situated on Marywood roundabout on the approach to Clackmannan and Alloa.  It celebrates the opening of the Clackmannanshire Bridge and represents crossing and meeting.
As with many of the sculptures it is in the middle of a roundabout but unfortunately on our run we just had to drive very slowly passed it for a photo shot.


Lifeline


As we drove into Alloa arrived at the next sculpture 'Lifeline' which is on the Shillinghill roundabout.
It is a tribute to the role of emergency services and armed forces and is the largest sculpture on the trail. This was a very busy roundabout but we parked in Asda car park and walked to view this and the next sculpture


I Can see for Miles


'I Can See for Miles' The figures symbolise the working past of the town, through the adult figure, and the potential future for the town and area, personified by the child. The child in essence rises from the industrial past and looks towards the town. Many who shall not be named also took the opportunity to do their shopping in Lidl and a coffee in Asda.


River Spirit


As we leave Alloa we found the next sculpture 'River Spirit'.  The female figure is holding a profile of the River Forth as she gazes towards the hills.  This was the first piece installed in the area in 2007. The road was so busy that we just had to slowly drive pass


Stride


'Stride' (also known as Air Spirit) is a short distance away on Muirside roundabout in Tullibody and represents the surrounding landscape with the male figure striding with purpose towards the Ochil Hills. We intended to stop at the public area of the police office car park which is just next to the roundabout.
Unfortunately we could not stop with 23 cars so we just drove slowly passed.


Fox Boy


The final sculpture on the trail 'Fox Boy' is in Menstrie's Midtown Gardens and is probably the most unique piece.  It features a boy with fox features wearing a hoodie and trainers and represents past and modern village life. As we approached Menstrie we saw flashing blue lights. An elderly lady had crashed her car, we arrived as the lorry was removing her car all roads were closed. The road was very congested and slowing down was very difficult. We passed through Menstrie and viewed the Foxboy once again. This is our last Sculpture to view.

We then headed through Tillicoultry, Dollar then onto some MX5 style roads, passing Knockhill race track. We then had to join the ‘boring roads’ heading back over the Clackmannan Bridge to arrive at Benny Ts too early, due to us not being able to stop at some of the sculptures. We all had a good chat and ready for our meal. This also gave a chance for the stragglers to catch up. Some stopped at the sculptures, others went for a coffee stop and some visited family in the area. At the end everyone had a lovely run.
After our wonderful meal it was Raffle time. Andy Scott had sent me some signed postcards which were placed in the raffle. He also kindly gave me a signed copy of his book which we auctioned and I was the highest bidder. We raised £101for our Charities. Mags and Dave Fenwick from Bosom Buds joined us for dinner, it was lovely to meet them and it was touching  when Mags took the time to thank everyone individually for their support.

Report By: Maria


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Your Comments
22nd Mar 2015 19:27 :: Dave
nice run, enjoyed the kelpies.

22nd Mar 2015 19:55 :: Jim and Maria
Thanks to all who attended todays run and great to see so many new members. Did not expect to see 23 cars today and we eventually all reached Benny T's.

22nd Mar 2015 20:16 :: Ronnie & Jean Elrick
Good wee run thanks for organising it

22nd Mar 2015 20:47 :: Ian and Irene
Great day out, Kelpie tour really interesting, run and fish and chips good fun. Thanks Jim and Maria for organising.

22nd Mar 2015 22:44 :: Marshall
great run out today sets the year off let's hope we the rest of the year goes so well great to see old friends and so pleased so many newer members were there. All looks promising for the coming season

23rd Mar 2015 09:29 :: Raymond & marcia
great run, really enjoyed the Kelpies, many thanks to Maria & Jim for organising it. Good to see so many new members, hope they can join us again on other runs.

23rd Mar 2015 17:10 :: Wattie97
Kelpie tour was super. we really enjoyed it and the tour guide was excellent.
Run and fish and chips were a perfect start to the new season. Well done Fordies.
      Wattie.

23rd Mar 2015 18:47 :: Steven & Dawn
Big thank you to Maria & Jim for providing a really informative & enjoyable day. It was great to meet up & don't feel like newbies anymore. Would also like to say thanks to Sandra & Eddie for your company & banter during the meal. I laughed all the way home

23rd Mar 2015 21:46 :: Susan
Big thanks from Jill and me for yesterday. Nice wee scoot round my home turf. Great to see so many new clubmates along :-)

23rd Mar 2015 23:27 :: Robert craig
Good day, even managed a wee run ourselves with some strays.
See you all soon
Lesley and robert

26th Mar 2015 14:50 :: Billy and Donna
We had a great time, uploaded a coupe of images today finally! Can't wait for the next run.

30th Mar 2015 18:26 :: Liam
Absolutely brilliant run, enjoyed it and the company :) I have a favour to ask, can whoever took the above photos send me the pics of mine (white mark 1) to me via email? Forrester_liam@hotmail.co.uk brilliant pics!

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