E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Friday, 24th April 2015 @ 4:38pm
I'm planning to Cycle the West Country MTB way from Plymouth to Minehead over 4 days. Total mileage per day is of the order of 30-35 miles and is a mixture of tracks and quiet country lanes and is not too onerous. We are looking to camp and I've identified suitable campsites along the way. The plan is to drive down early to Plymouth on Friday and then do a relatively short day to Princetown and three slightly longer days. The middle section is more quiet country lanes so that should make it a bit easier. Porterage of the kit may not be so easy to arrange, but there are some bunkhouses/pubs/YHA or we could rack the bikes. Racks adapted for disc brakes are now available. Well get the bikes back by either leaving a car at one end, hire a taxi or possibly self hire a van. Anyway those of you who remember the trans Cambrian way know it's a lot of fun. Interested call me as soon as possible so I know numbers etc. Andy Railton
A delibrately delayed email this week as I indundated you with invites on Monday so I though I'd save my next missive until now.
Firstly I want to say a big well done to Suzie Imber and Michelle Aukland who were winners in the Rab Mini Mountain Marathon in the lake district on Sunday. The dynamic duo are back in action on May Day Bank holiday for another Lakes district mountain marathon, good luck girls!
Secondly I hope everyone has received invites to our Tuesday night activities now that the long evenings are here. Look forward to seeing lots of you out Running and Cycling, please note that the running start time is 6:30pm (not 7pm as per my invite). Also watch out for invites to Thursday climbing as we will be outside (weather permitting) now the evenings are getting longer. This week it's Markfield Quarry at 6pm.
And last but certainly not least we are off to give our club hut some love this weekend. Lots of people have offered to come along and help which is super. Please make sure you have booked your hut place with Bob Crosby!
The main tasks for the weekend are to give the hut a really good deep clean and also to clear out the drainage ditches, cut back shrubs, cut the grass, and do some digging. There is also some rubbing down and painting to do on the rear windows. We have plenty of cleaning equipment at the hut however it would be great if you can bring gardening gloves, spades, secateurs, etc for the gardening. We plan to eat out on Saturday night at the nearby Gallt-y-Glyn (Pizza+Pint).
The weather is not perfect but there will be time to play as well so bring your climbing boots and gear (or walking boots/bicycles). As we are going to be working on the hut we're asking people to keep most of their kit in their cars and only bring sleeping stuff into the hut. Also it makes a lot of sense to share lifts to reduce car parking pressure!
Places are going fast for our Lakes Meet from 2nd-4th May. We have only 2 places left for staying at the camping barn. If you would like to book either (or both) of these places please check with me (Andy Potter, 07796 220055) before sending your payment.
As you've probably already heard from those that went (or maybe you saw the great pics on our Facebook page) we had a fantastic time bouldering in Fountainebleau. A big thanks to everyone that came, we are already in the process of reserving accommodation for next years trip!
Whilst we are on the subject of bouldering make sure you head down to The Climbing Station tomorrow (Tuesday) evening for our Spring 'open' bouldering competition. It should be lots of fun whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro. We will also be climbing at The Tower on Thursday evening (7pm onwards).
As the lighter evenings are now with us we will be moving to our summer schedule of evening meets starting from next week. Bouldering at The Climbing Station will continue on Tuesday as normal. There will be running in the Bradgate Park area (starting at 6:30pm), Road cycling from Anstey (starting at 7:00pm). For the climbing we will head outdoors on Thursday evenings, falling back to The Tower if the weather is no good. The climbing venue will be different each week and I will send you all an invite each Monday so you know where we will be!
Last but not least it's great to see people signing up for our Lake district meet on weekend of 2nd May. Still places available so get your payments in soon!