BRASS MONKEY RUN
With January the first falling on a weekday, we were faced with running
the event on the bank holiday so that anyone working could join in before
having to return to normality on the Tuesday morning.
Despite having to be out and about after a night of celebrations, we had a
capacity entry once more. The run seems to have struck a chord with a lot
of our members and has proved to be a popular start to the club year.
Once more Patrick and Janette provided a start venue and coffee and
nibbles galore for us at their well know emporium in Gorseinon. Many
thanks for the warm welcome and support to both of you.
As soon as everyone arrived and were fed and watered and given a chance
to catch up with each other, the routes were handed out and people got
underway, some quicker than others, one or two appeared quite happy to
stay and chat in the warm instead of getting into a, by now, cold car.
|Brian Selby’s ‘new’ acquisition.||The car park filling up with classics.|
One disappointment on the day was
the absence of stalwart supporter,
Bill Radford. Unfortunately Bill suffered a heart attack in the lead up to
Christmas and was incarcerated in Morriston Hospital awaiting bypass
surgery, much to his disgust at not being allowed out to play. Get well
soon Bill, we missed you.
Taking into account the possibility of a tender head or two amongst the
members, we decided on the shorter and more direct route this year. This
gave everyone a gentle run and some nice sunny scenery to enjoy as we
took them through Fforestfach and Gowerton on towards Penclawdd for a
run along the estuary before turning up towards the North Gower road and
the junction at Calibion. Turning right we took them up over Cefn Bryn to
drop down towards Reynoldston and our destination at the King Arthur
Hotel, where the restaurant had been reserved for our use.
The hotel staff are always ready to accommodate any changes we make or
add on, and we always do, without any grumbles or delays. A nice change
in these days of ‘can’t be done’ or ‘not allowed to’ so often encountered in
As usual, we had pre-ordered the meals to assist them with their pre-
Christmas food ordering and as soon as the restaurant had been cleared of
the previous diners and their debris, we were all seated and the food was
on its way in no time.
All too soon it was time to think
about heading for home. We had had a
sunny but cold day, a very warm welcome from Patrick and Janette, a
pleasant drive from Gorseinon to Reynoldston, good food and superb
company to finish our day. What more could we want.
A big thank you to all those who supported the event and turned out after a
late night celebration, and Patrick and Janette for their hospitality and
nibbles. Put the date in your calendar for next year.
Photographs courtesy of Adrian Jones.