Monday, 20 June 2011

Run2Saturday Night Fever

The next Run2 event is going to be in October (date not confirmed yet), and this is going to be a 1 day thing (or "Thang").
It will be a back to basics affair where the entrance fee of £20 will go to the Help for Heroes charity. As for hotels, well that's down to you so it will be a truly optional choice. The hotel will NOT be at the end of the run, but "Some" miles away, and once we know which and where the hotel is you will be given the address and phone number to sort out yourself.

There will be no trophy on this one but there will be a prize for the winning team....

The idea will be a "Medium" size run to allow for those who want to get into the "Saturday Night Fever".

Like I have said, the run is still in the planning stage so more info will be announced once I know........

Possible dates so far are 15th, 22nd or 29th of October.

All feed back welcome.

A little something to get you in the mood

Wednesday, 15 June 2011


Day2 started with a slap up breakfast (for those who could stomach it). The "Day 2" envelopes were handed out along with some very fragile Rubik's cubes (more on this later).

We checked out of the hotel and all met up in the car park where we had our first casualty of any Run......Wendy (half of Thelma and Louise) had to retire due to back problems.

However the other half of T&L, Judith has managed to form a new hybrid team....."Shocking Thelma" with Roy and Allison (formerly Shocking Blue).

So with the sound of Frankie Goes to Hollywood reverberating around the Ramada Warwick's grounds we're off on Day 2.

First stop is Kenilworth Castle, just a short hop from the hotel. Straight away there is some teasing problems with the "New Team", Roy gets to the castle gates only to find his 2 team members are nowhere to be found on their first joint mission.

As other teams find the next number I hear one team member (Seb) let out a "Oh No" as the next envelope is opened. This "Oh No" brought a sadistic smile to my face......."Yes you're going into Birmingham....Ha Haaa!!!".

Birmingham's Gas Street Basin from Kenilworth took approx 15 minutes to get to......for Sian and myself, not sure how long it took the teams though on shortest distance....oh well.
The first team to arrive are the Cossie Boys who have already been around the ring road several times (not sure what ring road).

Honey Monster are next when Sarah_S turns up at the sign for the next clue walking down the canal from the Mail Box. Bio Hazard are next as they park up in Gas Street filling up the road with chip shop smell (Bio Diesel). As they are just describing their epic journey into "Civilisation" (I am from Birmingham so may be a little bias...), the "Great White" from down under pulls into the street.
Seb and Sarah pull up on double yellows and hand me the cars keys in case a Traffic Warden happens by, all I'm thinking is "Hello Brummie with the keys to a high powered car on home teritory".
I resist the urge just as guess what a Traffic Warden "happens by". I tell him I'm just about to move it when he says "I wern't going to do any fing anyway....".
Ironbridge is the next Sat Nav entry, when there it's decided we have a bite to eat. Whilst in the the cafe over looking the bridge, we spy Balls of Fury on their way to the bonus question.

The cafe is then illuminated with a bright yellow light, no it's not aliens but a Nissan 370Z that has just pulled up outside. We say hello the Paul and Sarah.

Bio Hazard and "The Great White" also make an appearance in the gorge. No signs of Shocking Thelma though.....more on this later.

We now head for Wales, Llangollen to be exact.
The teams need to get to the train station for their next clue. They also need to answer a question on the name of the steam engine Llangollen are collecting for, me being clever only thought it was one train but later found out there was two....(I pretended I knew to remain clever).
Whilst in Llangollen we get a phone call from Roy(Shocking Thelma) that they are just leaving Birmingham after an extensive shop for the shopping list (part 2 of the list would be found at Ironbridge...), are we far behind? YES. There have been reports since of Police helicopters and traffic cars tailing a rather rapid Blue VXR......unconfirmed at present.

After curry and chips we were now off to Lake Bala
My dog (a Welsh Border collie) was born not far from Lake Bala and was her idea to route through here (last statement may not strictly be true). By this time we (Sian and me) were quite a distance in front of everyone.....that is apart from the Cossie Boys (more to follow).

After a short visit (and a chat with an old man and his Labrador from Yardley which is approx 4 miles from where we live) we decided to move onto Betws-y-Coed.

We head through some fantastic scenery now, in the distance are the mountains of Snowdonia. The roads are fantastic also but we are ever aware of the Traffic Taliban who operate in these here hills (sensible note! the roads are very demanding and road signs remind us of the numerous deaths due to traffic accidents) so we are very mindful of our speed.

Ooh Betws-Y.....Sorry about that. Betws-Y-Coed is a town in a wooded valley where the River Conwy, River Llugwy and River Lledr meet (last 2 rivers I cannot pronounce).

This is our last stop before the end.

We arrive at our hotel(The Royal) across the road the road from the "Great Orme" and find that the Cossie Boys have been and gone (work commitments for Monday morning).
We then wait for the teams to arrive......
First to arrive are Karl and Sarah(Balls of Fury), Karl the first to be sporting Magnum Moustache...? The next are Sleazy Jet(Seb and his Sarah) again with Magnum foliage and Rambo head band (Seb that is). There is then a magic photo opportunity when we get Nige and Seb sporting there new summer look!

and the funny thing is I can't remember adding these to the shopping list......

In Honey Monster's car, Paul has been replaced by a Charlie Chaplin impersonator and £0 minustes later Roy turns up having had his goatie beard transformed into a moustache (that's dedication or being outnumbered in the VXR by his 2 female team mates).
The Scores Part2
Sleazy Jet............435 points
Shocking Thelma.......448 points
Honey Monster.........469 points
BioHazard.............475 points
Balls of Fury.........589 points
Cossie Boys...........684 points
(Lowest Points wins)
Fortunately for the other teams we had to abandon the Rubik's Challenge due to the fact they were breaking up. Roy we later found out in the restaurant is a "Demon" with a cube and it took him around 30minutes to complete a completely mixed up example......SORRY ROY!
So Team Sleazy Jet win again.
Congratulations to them and a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all the teams that competed and made this a Run to remember.

See you all on the next one.........

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Run2the80'sDay1 Video


Teams Balls of Fury and The Cossie Boys join Sian and myself for our mini convoy to Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk for the start position. On the way we get a phone call from Bio Hazard as they are already at the harbour car park.
We pull into the car park ourselves meet up with Nige and Jayne(Bio Hazard) and now just have to wait for the second half of the group to arrive.
At approx 09.00am their convoy arrives (should have been at Wells for 8.30 but had problems with the hotel.....).

Teams "Thelma and Louise, Honey Monster , Shocking Blue (Roy and Allison) and Sleazy Jet park up and do their meet and greet..

So now we have between us 32 wheels, 22.3ltres, 41 pistons, 4 turbos' and 1 supercharger....we're ready for the Run2the80's
The envelopes are handed out and they're off.

First stop is the church at Sculthorpe, which all went very well and according to plan however the next stop did not......

The "idea" of the second stop was to find the notice board at the edge of the former RAF West Raynham's runway.......however the entrance was pad locked (several times over). The planned Blast down the runway did not happen but the Cossie Boys did get some exercise as they got to the airfield before me so climbed the fence and went for a walk.

As the other teams arrived I quickly apologised for Sian's mistake in taking us there (it was me really....shh), told them the missing number, gave those that would listen a little history lesson about the former missile base then off to stop number 3.

Wisbech next stop.

Team Sleazy Jet in their quest to collect 1 pence coins from each year of the 80's, managed to rope in the entire staff at the Wisbech post office in a scene not unlike that of Veruca Salt's Dad's factory from the film Charlie and the chocolate factory.

Ely was the scene of "cockup" number 2
The next clue would be found in Ely Cathedral, but yet again fate would step in again and ruin my plans.
It was graduation day and the ceremony was being held in.....Yes the cathedral.

Some of the teams just managed to get there in time before it was closed to the public, the other teams I had to quickly track down and tell them the next number.
Apart from that all running to plan...........

Pic of inside Ely Cathedral if you didn't get there in time.

Saint Ives Bridge, Huntington next stop.
At St Ives we bump into Bio Hazard who are still collecting cocktail sticks and free cosmetics.

2 more stops to go before the hotel and the end of day 1

Harrold and Braunston Canal are the last 2 stops.
Well they should of been but whilst waiting at the hotel 4 teams were missing....they were in a pub at Braunston.

Finally all the teams make it to the Ramada Warwick for curry and drinks.

End of Day 1

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Run2the80's Friday(the day before)

Friday the 3rd and all the teams are mobilising to their forward operating bases (their hotels complete with bars). We (Sian and I) were stopping at the Sculthorpe Mill but as we were passing we thought we would drop into the Ffolkes Arms in Hillington where four teams will be stopping the night.
We pull into the car park looking for any familiar vehicles when we spot something made from "Pure Yellow". Paul and Sarah are here at least with their fantastic looking 370Z. We attempt to ring Paul but cannot get a signal to revert to something crude, the quattro and it's Skorpion exhaust. It works and Paul and Sarah are soon seen walking around the corner.
As we are catching up with each other the next team to arrive are "Thelma and Louise" (Wendy and Judith) in their VW Corrado VR6. They promptly park up and introduce themselves as this is their first Run2 event.
So now in the car park we have a 5cyl, 2 6cyl cars then we here something else pulling into the "county".....this has got 8cylinders and a supercharger as big as my fridge. Yes half of team Sleazy Jet has just arrived in their VXR8 Bathurst S (6.2 ltr supercharged monster). Seb has arrived (will later need to collect his other half from the train station).
We all say hello, drool over the mighty Vauxhall for a while but Sian and I need to get to our hotel for drinks and something to eat.
As we pull into the car park at Sculthorpe Mill the first thing we spot is the Escort Cosworth, the Cossie Boys are here then then the 207 Sport of Balls of Fury is also noted on the other side.
We check in then meet up with Dene and Jasper (Cossie Boys) who I last met on the Britball Run 2008. Their Yorkshire charm has not faded and we are soon laughing (and drinking....), Karl and Sarah soon join us then it's dinner.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Run2the80's.....The Result (part 1)

The Run2the80's Winners are........

Sleazy Jet (Seb and Sarah)

Another GREAT weekend Run2, full write up soon after some much needed sleep.