Mixed weather conditions greeted the 165 cars and their crews that had entered this year’s Yorkshire Pudding Run as everyone gathered from far and wide at The Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley. The Leeds MG and Classic Car Club’s event is one of the most eagerly anticipated runs of the season, with the entry list full to bursting every year. A quick scan through the Entry List saw that the furthest participants for this year were from West Sussex (although I stand to be corrected). The Craiglands was buzzing with crews registering and receiving their excellent rally packs which this year contained a very smart and practical mini-torch for both driver and navigator, just the job for keeping in the car. With that complete the next port of call was of course the bacon sandwiches and coffee (around 350 this year), which were served very diligently by the staff and snapped up in extremely quick time by everyone else. Whilst all this was going on the Corpus Christi Brass Band was keeping everyone entertained with an assortment of tunes. Unfortunatel due to the weather conditions it was decided to locate them just inside the hotel with all the doors opening onto to the veranda.

By 09.30 the sound of engines being fired up competed with the band as the crews prepared for the start with a steady stream of vehicles making their way to the line. Then at around 09.45 the first car was flagged off by Maureen and Robin Hallam and very shortly after we were away on this year’s run. From The Craiglands the cars headed out of Ilkley passing the Cow & Calf Rocks and out onto the moors. On some wonderful lanes and over Baildon Moor we found ourselves entering Bingley and then in the direction of Haworth, passing the brilliant named The Flappit Inn. And then past Ponden and Watersheddles Reservoirs some beautiful roads beckoned.

We then made our way quickly over the A6068 and past The Emmott Arms and on towards the village of Elslack (mentioned in the Doomsday Book 1086! Two water troughs and a 24 hour Pinfold with an attendant Pinder). From there we briefly made our way on the A59 before coming to the crossroads in the village of West Marton where a very small off course diversion saw us at The Pantry Café for a coffee stop. With quite a lot of crews already at the café it soon filled up and business was booming. After that we travelled on some lovely lanes and emerged onto the A682 passing through the village of Nappa (Population: 10!).

After a few miles on the A682 through Long Preston and onwards towards the lovely small village of Wigglesworth. Through the village of Rathmell and onto the A65 for a few miles before turning right into the pretty village of Austwick, where some of the cars had pulled over into The Game Cock Inn for a well deserved drink. Onwards to the B6479 with the River Ribble on our right we passed through Stainforth and eventually after passing the beautiful Malham Tarn we dropped down into Malham village. As is always the case Malham was very busy with visitors and families out walking and enjoying the Dales. We then were heading homeward through the small villages of Airton, Hetton and Rylestone joining the B6265 and heading towards the market town of Skipton. At the roundabout with the A59 a left turn and a short distance on a right turn saw us on the A65 going towards Addingham and Ilkley and home and the welcoming bar at The Craiglands Hotel.

Once the excellent meal was finished it was the turn of our Club Chairman Charles to give a short talk on the run and to thank everyone involved for their tremendous and ongoing support without which the run would never happen. Charles then introduced Emily Sharman who was representing Martin House Hospice. Emily went on to explain about the incredible work that the staff and volunteers carry out. I think that everyone will agree that it’s great for the Leeds MG and Classic Car Club to be associated with the superb work that is carried out by them.

Next up it was the turn of Robin Colvill of The Grumbleweeds to entertain us with his unique mix of humour and jokes. Robin as always had the tables rocking with laughter and we all appreciated Robin giving his time to make the evening so memorable. As well as keeping us entertained Robin also encouraged everyone to get involved in the Super Raffle. With three excellent prizes on offer: A family ticket for The North Yorkshire Moors Railway with Fish & Chips at The Magpie in Whitby, tickets for 2 people to the British Superbike Championship at Donington Park, and last but not least a chance to drive 3 supercars at a circuit of your choice. Most people put in a bid. As the wonderful day came to a close it was announced that the total money raised for Martin House amounted to £2272. A very big thank you to everyone for their generosity. As is always the case an event such as this could not happen if it wasn’t for all the people in front and behind the scenes. From Charles and Martin for planning another fantastic route, to Gilly, Rita, Leslie, Marion, Jenifer, Rose Marie and Sandra for handling all the registration tasks and not forgetting John, Stan, Ken and David for expertly sorting out the headache that is the car parking!. A very big thank you goes out to Marion Nichols and Malcolm Snell for once again sponsoring the Road Book and Rally Plates. Last but by no means least thanks so much to everybody at The Craiglands Hotel for making us all very welcome and looking after us all day long.

Apologies if I have missed anybody out. It couldn’t possibly happen without everyone’s input and contribution. I am sure that all who entered this year will look forward with great anticipation to what next year’s event brings. Over to you Charles and Martin.

Simon Lucas