Mendip Meander - 20th May 2018
On a fine sunny afternoon we ran our fifth annual motorised treasure hunt. The event started and finished at The Highwayman Inn at Shepton Mallet and was contested by eleven teams in vehicles of various age and description. This point might also be made with regard to the participants as the youngest official navigator was aged ten years.
Competitors were given a route card for a 25 mile course defined entirely by tulip diagrams and interspersed with fifty questions about points to be noted en route.
The route followed a large loop to the south of Shepton Mallet taking in a variety of roads ranging from narrow and steep country lanes to wider B roads.
Unbeknown to the organisers, several teams found time to take afternoon tea at the Cole Manor tea rooms (highly recommended) making it a very civilised afternoon out. It turned out that an early competitor liked the look of the place and others followed suit. This caused some consternation to those waiting at the finish when one competing team arrived some ¾ hour before anyone else, having foregone the tea party.
Despite this, all but the one team who had mechanical problems arrived back in time for the 6pm deadline and most turned out to have an almost complete set of answers. The winners even managed to correctly assess that the route crossed the defunct Somerset and Dorset Railway eleven times.
A number of returnees then enjoyed the evening menu at the inn or discussed the afternoon’s experiences until the results were announced where it was found that the top few positions were closely contested. The results are given below.
Mendip Meander 5- Sunday May 20th 2018
Start: The Highwayman Inn (BA4 4LY)
Finish: The Highwayman Inn (BA4 4LY)
Entry Fee: £8
Entry by contacting Geoff Sutton on gsu180 at hotmail.co.uk
Make a note in your diary to join us for the fifth Mendip Meander which will be run in the afternoon of the date above. The first four were well received and proved to be fun social events for those taking part.
The format will 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 by tulip (junction) diagrams. 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 will be deemed the winners. The event is classed as a treasure hunt so no special vehicle insurance is required but entrants should make sure that they are covered by their own policy for this type of (non speed) event.
The event will start and finish at The Highwayman Inn (BA4 4LY) on the southern side of Shepton Mallet where the afternoon’s experiences can be compared after the event. Food and drink will be available at the start and finish venue (carvery at lunchtime and normal menu later).
Crews 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 £8 per car to cover paperwork, prizes, permit fees etc. Details of how to enter are given below. Look out for updates in future issues of “News and Forthcoming Events” emails
Mendip Meander 5 - Entry applications
There is no entry form or pre-payment for this event but in order to prepare sufficient paperwork and to forewarn the kitchen at the finish venue of the food requirements after the event I will need to know the following details from prospective entrants:-
1. Names of driver / passenger(s)
2. Number of people wishing to eat at The Highwayman Inn and at what time.
The establishment serves Sunday lunches. Those wishing to eat before the event should make their booking direct with The Highwayman (01749 331247).
Evening serving begins at 6pm. As the establishment has asked to be forewarned I will send a menu to those wishing to eat on their return and ask for choices.
Entry fees will be collected at the start.
No club membership is required and any (roadworthy!) vehicle may be used although owners of interesting vehicles may like to give their pride and joy an airing.
Thank you, Geoff S