Yorkshire Pudding Run, 5th August 2018
Twelve months is a short time in the life of The Yorkshire Pudding Run organising team. Barely has one run ended then another one is in the planning. This year’s event featured a short/long route choice. Catering both for those people who wanted a gentle run out through the Dales and for those wanting a little more adventure.
The event was hosted once again by The Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley where warm sunny weather and a brass band were on hand to welcome all the entrants. With 165 cars entered for this year the car parking duties were expertly handled by the car park team. Not an easy job considering
the large number of cars involved. After the drivers had signed in and received their rally packs, it was down to the important business of bacon sandwiches and coffee and giving the navigators a chance to study this years route in detail whilst listening to the Corpus Christi brass band. This year we headed out through a bustling Ilkley town centre and along some stunning moorland roads over Beamsley Beacon emerging onto the A59 and heading towards Skipton.
Skirting Skipton we then turned right onto the B6265 towards Grassington and through the lovely villages of Rylestone (the home of The Calendar Girls) and Cracoe whose population of 160 was briefly doubled when we passed through. The event then headed past Kilnsey Crag where a few brave souls were climbing and onwards to the picturesque village of Kettlewell before a lovely run up the dale to Buckden. After a brief stop at the Street Head Inn for refreshments we turned left into the village of Thoralby. A quick right and left brought us to the wonderfully scenic Aysgarth Falls which were still rather short of water due to the long dry spell we had just suffered. A right turn to Redmire and then a left saw us approaching Castle Bolton where the road book informed us that toilets were available if needed in the castle grounds (Mary Queen of Scots was held in this castle under lock and key).
Only a short distance further on we came upon the MG Midget of Laura Harris and Simon at the side of the road with its bonnet up, and providing assistance were Ian and Alison Collinson but all efforts were to no avail so the rescue services were called. We could do no more so we carried on the route. The roads appearing to get narrower and also steeper as we approached Grinton with a few tight corners thrown in the road book warned but did not tell of the superb panoramic views that we were to encounter. Through Gunnerside and onwards towards the little village of Muker, a tight bridge in and a tight bridge out saw us leaving and heading towards the next road direction and the signpost for Hawes (the junction did not exactly match the tulip diagram but we had no problem). The signpost told us 6 miles to Hawes but did not inform us that we were to go over the Buttertubs Pass, the scene of those memorable pictures taken on the 2014 Tour de France Race, and none other than Jeremy Clarkson describing it as “England’s only spectacular road”.
We were not disappointed but navigators could be excused for not looking down to their left to what appeared to be a sheer drop and only protected by a few strands of steel hawser. Very soon we were in Hawes and a chance to get our breath back and a welcome rest, a coffee and some cheeses maybe at the Wensleydale Creamery. A coffee and scone enjoyed before once again putting our wheels back on the road and following the road through Gayle and climbing up Fleet Moss with a warning in the road book of a sharp left hand bend and saying it was all downhill from now on. Oh no it wasn’t. The road down Langstrothdale was everything that we have come to expect from the Yorkshire Pudding Run, it had everything, and the infant River Wharfe which rises on the moors above flanks both sides of this superb dale. A right turn saw us back in Buckden, but the route homeward was to be different. From Kettlewell the route made its way homeward via Kilnsey Crag. A left and a quick right in Threshfield saw us once again on superb roads and enjoying the drop into Burnsall before climbing upwards and heading for the splendour of Bolton Abbey and back to the finish at the Craiglands Hotel and hopefully welcome refreshment and a chance to recall experiences of the day.
It was soon time for the Gala Dinner with roast beef and yorkshire pudding on the menu (it was to celebrate Yorkshire Day after all). The meal was speedily and expertly served by the staff of the Craiglands, they did a superb job throughout the entire day. All suitably refreshed and relaxed it was time for Charles to take the microphone and to thank the numerous people for all the help and contributions to the event that so many people give, to all the people behind the scenes who ensure that the rally goes without a hitch, to the ladies at registration and those who ran the raffle etc. It’s their hard work that makes the day complete. It would be impossible to stage such an event without every one of you. Thanks to the guys for handling the car park duties prior to the start.
The microphone was then handed over to Bhranti the representative from Martin House Hospice who outlined the incredible work that the nurses and staff undertake 24 hours a day caring for children and young adults with life limiting conditions. The microphone was then handed back and given to Robin Colvill of The Grumbleweeds for the auction that was to follow. What a superb job he did, bringing tears of laughter with jokes between
each auction item and with the generosity of both individuals and companies we raised a further £965 to add to the raffle money already collected making a grand total of £1851.00. Thanks must go out to club members David and Sandra Wray who sponsored the road book and rally plates for this fabulous event. With an event such as this there’s a whole army of people to thank as this takes tremendous planning and forethought, but without you folks there wouldn’t be an event. It just shows the standing and high regard that Charles’ and Martin’s event holds that people are willing to come from all over the country just to take part.
This year’s event had everything, sunny weather, great route, wonderful atmosphere and amazing people taking part. Lord knows what Charles and Martin are cooking up for next year, will it be extra special as it will be the 10th Anniversary of this popular National Run ??. Watch this space.
Photographs by Tom Gadd & Dennis Hodge