A beautiful winter’s day was to be the setting for this year’s Christmas Pudding Run. As every year goes by this event
seems to gain in popularity and this year was to be no different with 105 eager participants meeting at The Craiglands Hotel in
Ilkley to register and pick up their road book and rally plate. There was time to catch up with friends and have a general
chat and a chance to purchase some raffle tickets in aid of Martin House Hospice for Children (this was to be drawn whilst
we were out on the run) before picking up our warm mince pies and coffee prior to attaching our rally plate to the car
and departing when ready to follow a very interesting route of approx 50 miles.
A good run out to Bolton Abbey gave a chance to settle down before turning to West End and over the reservoir and onwards to Dacre, Brimham Rocks, Fountains Abbey, Markington and Bishop Thornton then arriving at Darley, where the main street seems
endless. At the junction with the B6451 a Left turn saw us heading homeward and past Menwith Hill and over the A59. Down across the reservoir and into Fewston and then over the moors and into Asquith before heading back to Ilkley and The Craiglands Hotel. After checking raffle tickets
for winning numbers we were shown through to The Moorside Suite and our Christmas Dinner.
The room was beautifully decorated and the staff excelled and served us all with a super Christmas Dinner, in fact most thought this year was the best yet. Excitement mounted as it was announced that Father Christmas was to make an appearance. After everyone had received a gift from the man in Red, Charles took to the floor to announce that as well as a bottle of malt whisky that had been given to auction there were a few unclaimed raffle prizes that would go to the highest bidder. When the proceeds of the auction were added to the money raised from the raffle a final total of £371.00 had been collected. Thank you all for your generosity. This money will be handed over to Martin House Hospice in the New Year. There was time for a few drinks together before people departed to make their way home.
Thanks must go out to everyone for making this day so successful and we look forward to the Christmas Pudding Run 2018.