Icebreaker Run, Sunday 17th March 2019
The first Sunday run of 2019 saw the ice well and truly broken when 19 cars and 38 people gathered at Strikes Garden Centre to celebrate the opening of the Club’s car run and show season. The weather Gods smiled on our merry band with frequent sunny intervals and no rain at all.
The restaurant at Strikes was busy but since the run was a leisurely 40 miles and lunch had been arranged for 2.30 we could take our time over coffee and bacon baps with a clear conscience. The route took us on a sweep through the Ouse River Valley, flat as the proverbial pancake & intensively farmed. Wide areas adjacent to the rivers were under water as a result of recent abundant rainfall.
After passing through Lumby and Sherburn we skirted the RAF station at Church Fenton (now Leeds East Airport) and RAF Linton on Ouse home of the RAF fast jet training echelon due to close in 2020. After passing the home of the finest steaks in the county (the Rythre Arms in Ryther) and the York Marina in Naburn we picked up the A64 at the Designer Outlet roundabout (a definite missed opportunity according to the ladies looking longingly as we passed by).
From here it was a short drive to Wighill, home of the White Swan Inn, our hosts for lunch. The staff were busy with regular Sunday diners and the extra number of hungry motorists (34) might have taken them by surprise. However, they did well to provide us with seating and top notch food
Thanks are due to all who joined us and especially to Charles and Gilly for the most enjoyable run.
Lesley & Ken Faithfull