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.
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.
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....".
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.
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?......er 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
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.
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......
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).
Sleazy Jet............435 points
Shocking Thelma.......448 points
Honey Monster.........469 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!
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.........