Christmas Pudding Run 2018, 2nd December 2018

Sunday 2nd December my Dad and I arrived at The Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley at around 10.30am. There were quite a few cars already in the car park, mostly modern but there were quite a few classics which was very nice to see considering the time of year, the weather was a little damp but it wasn’t cold.

Once we were inside we were greeted by a room totally packed full of people signing in and collecting Road Books and Rally Plates for the days run. Raffle tickets were also on sale to help to raise money for Martin House Hospice for Children at Boston Spa. All the prizes were colourfully wrapped in Christmas paper, the prizes were a mystery. At about 11.00am warm mince pies and coffee were served and were much appreciated by all before setting off on the run of approximately 50 miles driving through Ilkley and onto the roads into God’s Own County.

The roads were reasonably quiet compared to the summer months. About a quarter of the way into the drive several of us had to make way for an oncoming HGV with a huge windmill/turbine on the back, once this was overcome we all continued travelling on some very nice roads some of which we knew well and some that were completely new territory to a lot of us. All in all it was a very pleasant run, it was amazing how quiet Burnsall was at this time of year, so very different when we visited in the fantastic summer which we all had the fortune to enjoy earlier in the year.

By about 2.00pm we had all returned back to The Craiglands, checked our raffle tickets, but unfortunately no prizes were forthcoming for this crew. There is always another year. At 2.15pm we were shown through to our tables to partake in a very enjoyable Christmas Lunch with party hats, streamers and flying balloons. There then followed an auction for some more exclusive items which had been donated by some very generous club members and also auctioned off were unclaimed prizes from the raffle, thus helping to raise more money for the club’s charity.

After all this everyone was greeted by Father Christmas and received a present each. A very pleasant and enjoyable day was had by all and as usual well done and thanks to the organizers and all their helpers for a superb event. In total 63 cars took part with 124 people sitting down for the meal. The raffle raised £305.20, the auction raised a further £237.00 making a total of £542.20 for the charity. That is over £150 more than 2017, so very well done to all who took part and looking forward to next year’s Christmas Pudding Run. Here’s to a Happy and Prosperous 2019.

Sean Craven