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The October Weekend
Sat 3rd Oct 2015 to Sun 4th Oct 2015
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 17
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The October Weekend

Saturday 3rd to Sunday 4th October 2015

Meet at 09:45 for a 10:15 departure
ML10 6BA

Google Maps Link to Sainsburys Strathaven

For this year’s October outing we are taking in a bit of Ayrshire and a bit of the Borders over the 2 days, staying overnight at The Dryfesdale Country House Hotel which is near Lockerbie.

Cost will be £64.50 pp DBB with a £15 single supplement.

Unfortunately no café at Sainsburys but a comfort break before the start is available and of course fill up with fuel for the run.

Day 1 (156 miles) - From Strathaven the run takes us across to the Ayrshire Coast via Sorn, Catrine & Auchinleck before heading for New Cumnock then onwards to Girvan where we will have lunch at the Woodlands Bay Restaurant around 12:30hrs.

Setting off after lunch around 13:30hrs, we will leave the Ayrshire coast and head inland to Netwon Stewart, New Galloway, by-pass Dumfries to end at Lockerbie around 16:00hrs.

Day 2 (164 miles) - A leisurely departure time of 10:30hrs will see us heading first south then to the north along the Border of Kielder Forest for our lunch stop in Jedburgh at The Carters Rest around 12:30hrs.

After lunch we will cross country via Hawick and then down to Moffat for a final stop at the Moffat Mill for a cuppa around 15:00hrs.

Having covered around 280 miles by then, a fuel stop here will be undertaken at the Esso garage close by. Note petrol can be taken at Lockerbie if required.

After that we set off northwards for the end of the run near Lanark 40 miles further on at the Inn on the Loch.

Summary of stops

Lunch Day 1 – Woodlands Bay – sandwiches, sausage rolls, cake, tea or coffee at £7.50 pp.

Dinner Bed & Breakfast – Dryfesdale Hotel – already booked by those attending and Club offer now closed.  Additional rooms subject to Hotel availability (contact them direct on 01576 202427).

Lunch Day 2 – The Carters Rest – soup, sandwiches, tea or coffee at £6.50pp

Afternoon cuppa – Moffat Mill.

Here’s hoping the weather is good to take in the scenery on the routes.

Event Organisers: Marcia & Raymond

A raffle will be held with the proceeds this year going to.


Smalls For All and Bosom Buds

Donations of pants and prizes are always welcome.

Rooms Booked

01 - Marcia & Raymond
02 - Irene & Ian
03 - Janet & Wattie
04 - Maria & Jim
05 - Ali & drew
06 - Jacqueline & Ian
07 - Dawn & Steven
08 - Karine & Hugh
09 - Sandra & Eddie (Joining at Girvan)
10 - Carol & Evan
11 - Margaret & David (Joining at Girvan)
12 - Dave
13 - Harriet & James
14 - Bryan

Saturday Run Only
01 - Rodney (Joining at Girvan)
02 - Alan
03 - Susan


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1 - Right click here to Download TomTom Sat Nav Itinerary.

2 - Click here for Google map of Sunday route.

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Your Comments
4th Oct 2015 18:21 :: Bryan
Thanks to all for a great couple of days, now in IKEA getting more stuff for the house, hope it fits in the wee car. See you all next time. Bryan.

4th Oct 2015 19:49 :: Jim and Maria
First of all many thanks to Marcia and Raymond for planning and managing a fantastic weekend, accommodation and food was  one of the best we have attended. Thanks again to Wattie for a great quiz, you need a firm hand to keep control of the quiz teams but still manage to keep it humourous ( hope the speling is corectt) Finally thanks to all the members whose company is always enjoyed

4th Oct 2015 20:19 :: Drew & Ali
The last central run of 2015 and one of the best. Many thanks to Marcia and Raymond for arranging and making sure everyone was happy over the weekend. Also thanks to quizmaster Wattie, Losers Again can now be renamed the RunnersUps. (thanks Dave - your extra brain cells came in useful). Great roads, accommodation and company - thanks all.

4th Oct 2015 22:13 :: Dave
Thanks for a great weekend, organisation was spot on and road selection fantastic.

5th Oct 2015 10:10 :: Steven & Dawn
Massive THANK YOU to Marcia & Raymond for arranging a brilliant weekend. It really was superb from start to finish. Big thanks to Bamber "Wattie" Gascoigne for the quiz (probably spelt wrong). Always fun with a slightly competitive edge. Its been a great year on the roads & this was a fitting finale to the 2015 season.

5th Oct 2015 10:21 :: Hugh & Karine
Great weekend on fantastic roads. Many thanks to Marcia and Raymond for organising,  great accommodation and lunches. Thanx also to Wattie for the quis. I'll get Karine to test me on my speling befour the next one. See you all at the planning meeting.

5th Oct 2015 12:24 :: Margaret & David
Thanks to Marcia & Raymond for organising another great weekend, even got the weather spot on.  Also thanks to Wattie for another brilliant quiz; Maria & Jim, Allie & Drew for keeping us all together and going in the right direction and everyone for making it an enjoyable time.

5th Oct 2015 15:15 :: Wattie97
Well done Raymond and Marcia a fantastic end to the season. Run was super lunch stop couldn't be better hotel was also spot on. I think you may have a permanent job organising the October weekend.
Glad you seem to have enjoyed the quiz. A huge thanks again it was brill.
    Wattie & Janet.

5th Oct 2015 18:42 :: Alan
Thanks to Marcia and Raymond for organising a wonderful run.had a great day on Saturday and sorry I couldn't stay for the whole weekend.

5th Oct 2015 19:27 :: Eddie and Sandra
Thanks you Marcia and Raymond for organising a great weekend    The hotel and lunch stops were first class. Again wattle excelled with his quiz even if our team did not win.    A very enjoyable day and evening.  Really enjoyed meeting everyone again  and we look forward to future events

5th Oct 2015 20:16 :: Ian and Irene
The roads were great, the sun was out.
A fantastic time without a doubt.
Raymond and Marcia excelled.
A quiz with many words misspelled
We ate and drank till we were full.
Replete and happy was the rule.
And now we wait until next year.
For all of us to get in gear.

6th Oct 2015 21:32 :: Carol & Evan
Great WE.
Great Runs.
Great Weather.
Great company.
Great Hotel & lunch stops.
Many thanks to Marcia & Raymond for all the organisation they put in. Many thanks for Wattie with the quiz, & Drew & Jim for keeping the convoy together. Looking forward to next years WE.

7th Oct 2015 13:19 :: Rodney
Thanks to Marcia and Raymond for allowing us to join you in the South West corner of your drive. Mathew(my son) and I certainly enjoyed the roads and the fact that we were not held up much and allowed to enjoy what mx5's are about. Mathew old tightened his grip once so I put this down to my good driving. See you all again in 2016

7th Oct 2015 22:45 :: Susan
Great way to end the 2015 season! Big thanks to Marcia & Raymond for organising it all. Lunch on Saturday was fab! Thanks too for my birthday balloon Marcia :-)

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