Mendip Meander 3 - Sunday May 22nd 2016
On Sunday May 22nd 13 crews assembled at The Rose and Crown Hinton Charterhouse at around 2 pm for the third edition of Geoff Sutton's Mendip Meander.
The machinery used was quite varied ranging from Peter and Linda Maslen's Morris Eight Tourer, Taff and Sarah Evans in Triumph 2000 both fully laden, Dave and Donna Williams in a MG Midget that required some ministrations before setting out and a good quantity of water added to the radiator overflow tank. Steve Conner was in a LPG fueled Volvo, Mike Burrows in a Hyundhai Genesis that had probably not been driven so slowly for ages, Colin and Helen Gale in a Ford XR3 convertible and Vic and Jeni Wright in an MGB. Yours truly and Andy Cross were is a very mundane Ford Focus as Rodney the Riley had a dynamo that was not charging.
We were met by Geoff, Pat and Martin and were handed out our instructions for the afternoon and told that we could start in our own time.
The first section consisted of tulip diagrams that took us to cross the A36 Warminster Road and then via Farleigh Hungerford to Rode, Rudge and the fringes of Westbury all the while keeping eagle eyes spotted fro likely clues along the route. My accomplice Andy Cross said to me, "Does Geoff do anagrams?". "I don.t think so" I replied. But he did and on more than one occasion. We stopped and chatted to various crews as we searched on foot for the less obvious clues before finished the section and then traversed Westbury and climbed up to the Westbury White Horse and stopped for a breather and a hard earned Cadbury's 99 Flake at the car park
After this short break it was on to Section 2 which took us back to the finish at The Barge Inn at Seend via various spot heights. The clues seemed no less easy to find as we passed through Steeple Ashton and passed Jerry Pennell,s abode where we were predictably were asked to name the colour of his front door, to Bulkington and then via a very narow lane around the back to Seend Cleeve to the finish at The Barge Inn at Seend Bridge. There we were fed very well whilst we awaiting the results being calculated by Geoff and team.
It had been a very well organised and thoroughly enjoyable afternoon out and very many thanks to Geoff, Pat and Martin for putting it on.
When the results were announced it appeared that there was a dead heat on 41 points between Colin and Jan Knott form Weston Super Mare Motor Club and Mike McNulty and Mark Dunkerley from Bath Motor Club. Geoff was all prepared for this eventuality and produced three more tie breaking questions to be answered by the two crews. Even then it was only on the last question that Colin and Jan came out on top. Well done indeed.
Start: Rose and Crown at Hinton Charterhouse 2PM onwards
Finish: Barge Inn at Seend, ~5PM (Food available)
Entry Fee: £6
Entry by contacting Geoff Sutton on gsu180 at hotmail.co.uk
Make a note in your diary to join us for the third Mendip Meander to be run in the afternoon of the date above. The first two were well received and proved to be fun events for those taking part.
The format hopes to take crews around the countryside on an unhurried, untimed drive to areas that they might otherwise not visit. The route to be followed is described in a straightforward form - mainly tulip diagrams but with variations thrown in. To provide a competitive element crews are required to look out for certain features along the way
which relate to the list of questions given at the start. The crew able to interpret the clues and answer the most correctly are deemed the winners.
Food and drink will be available at the start and finish venues (more info later) although this will be up to individuals to arrange. Competitors may leave the start at any time between 2pm and 3pm. The total length of the drive will be about 20/25 miles and should take a couple of hours.
As mentioned above this is not a high speed competitive event but rather one for the family to join in with. Husbands, wives, partners, offspring, friends etc. are all welcome. The entry fee will be £6 per car to cover paperwork and permit fees. Look out for more details via your inbox in forthcoming issues of “Bath MC News and Forthcoming Events”.