Yes we’re almost ready to go! Meet in the Wellmeadow at 12.00 on Friday 25th for the run up to Thurso via Glenshee and the Lecht. if you haven’t booked into the Royal Hotel in Thurso yet you’d better sort yourself out, or camp. Saturday run round to Ullapool and back, then home on Sunday.
Then next is the BOOKMARK weekend when Geoff Hill will be giving his talk on Saturday 3rd October, so get your tickets if you haven’t done so already. It’ll be interesting , tales of his trips in Australia, and round the world, with slides. Talk starts 11.45am and admission is £6
Tickets from Bookmarkblair.com or the Library in Blair, or on the door.
We’ve decided to change our regular Tuesday night meeting place from the Stormont Arms to No 31, the pub in the Wellmeadow in Blairgowrie. There’s parking space for the bikes outside,usually quiet on a Tuesday night, and it’s almost where we meet for runs anyway, just as you turn in to the road at the top of the Wellmeadow.
This will take effect from now, so don’t go to the Stormont next Tuesday please. No31 is run by the same company as the Red House in Coupar Angus, so I’m sure we’ll have no problems there. Tell everyone who might not see this please too.
Also we had a picture in the Blairie this week presenting the £500 cheque to the Scottish Air Ambulance, and remember the Geoff Hill talk at the BOOKMARK festival on Saturday 3rd October. It’s 11.45 in the morning, for 45 min, so get you tickets now! Only £6. Just go to www.bookmarkblair.com and you can buy online.
And don’t miss our Roon the Tap run at the end of the month Fri/Sat/Sun 25th, 26th and 27th. Run to Thurso on Friday afternoon and B&B, then a run on the Saturday to Ullapool and back, B&B again and a night on the town, home Sunday.
see you there!
We met up on Wednesday afternoon to take the £500 cheque to the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance office in Scone Airport. We’d agreed the donation at the AGM for their Charity bike run back in May , but with it being postponed it’s taken a while to get round to it!
Five of us were there and the sun was out – perfect. The air ambulance girls showed us the helicopter and we had a blether . It does cost a lot to keep it running, so our £500 won’t go far, but it all helps as they don’t get any government funding at all.
We’re going to go to the re-opened Hungry Highlander in Braemar next Tuesday, the 25th August, so be in the Wellmeadow for 7pm if you want to come. This could be your last chance for a chippy run and by the end of September it’ll be nearly dark time again 🙁
There was a Sunday Run last weekend to Glen Coe with a lunch stop at the Kingshouse Hotel then a flee up to Aviemore and back over the Lecht. The heather’s looking good up there now, so if you want to see purple hills go along Deeside and up the Lecht.
The Thunder in the Glen Harley rally’s on in Aviemore from Fri 28th, so that’s a good excuse to avoid the A9 and enjoy good roads (while passing a few Harleys no doubt on the way) – but watch out for quick Sportsters! I might be on the road somewhere!
Latest news for your diary next year – Tomintoul bike weekend in early July will be featuring great music again, only better than this year! We think the BAD MCC should treat it as our main event to support as we won’t be doing a rally next year. More news later about the star performers……
Just a reminder that next Tuesday, the 28th, is our next chippy run – to Aberfeldy, to The Plaice in the Square.Right in the centre of Aberfeldy.
But we’re also going to try and get a group shot of everyone and their bikes beforehand to promote the BOOKMARK event with Geoff Hill. There will be a photographer from the Blairie in the Wellmeadow at 6.45 on Tuesday, so we can get a picture for the paper with the BOOKMARK banner as well. There’ll be an article in the Blairie about Geoff’s talk in the next edition, sponsored of course by us, so it’d be good if you could come along before the run to swell the numbers for the photo.
Just meet outside the Tourist office, NOT the Stormont, at 6.45 and we’ll start from there once the photos have been taken. Shouldn’t take long.
Hope to see you on Tuesday
July 15 newsletter
We’ll be presenting the cheque from the run to the Maggie’s Centre in Dundee on Tuesday 30th June. Meet at the Wellmeadow at 6.30 or turn up at Maggie’s for 7.00.
A card was received from the Adult Resource Centre, Jessie Street, Blairgowrie thanking the club for the donation of £500.
At the Stormont on Tuesday we set a few dates for runs ! and there were 5 of us turned up at 7 for a wee run down through the Carse of Gowrie by Rait and back via Tullybaccart. Great weather at last too!
Tuesday June 23rd will be the first Chippy Run – to Anstruther. Leave from the Stormont at 7 so if you want to come, be there sharp please!
The following Saturday is the Heartland meet at Luib on the 27th
The Tomintoul Bike Weekend is the 10/11th July and some of us are already booked in for that. It seems that’s also the date the SCAA Air ambulance folk have chosen for their Scone run, cancelled from May.
The next Chippy Run will be on Tuesday July 28th, probably to Arbroath or Inverbervie
And we set the date for the Richard’s Roond the Tap run – –Fri/Sat/Sun 25,26th and 27th September. This was the only date in Sept that suited everyone who was there on Tuesday, and we agreed going into October was too late. This year we’re going to do have to do it the opposite way round as that weekend is the Loopallu music festival in Ullapool, so the place will be very busy with nowhere to stay. So we’ll head for Thurso for the Friday night, camping or B&B, then have a run over to the west and Ullapool on the Saturday, and back to Thurso for saturday night drinkies, home on Sunday. At least that’s the plan for now, might change if anyone has a better plan, but the date’s fixed at last so put it in your diary!
…..and beware if you’re riding through the Wellmeadow for the next two weeks – the traffic lights have been turned off to try and solve the chaos, and there are new Give Way signs so watch out for drivers who aren’t paying attention!
Our next event will be the joint meet with the Heartland bikers at the Luib Hotel , between Lix Toll and Crianlarich, on Saturday 27th June. It’s a social evening in the pub, as we often see the Heartland folk at other events and we thought it was time we all had a get-together. We might work with them to hold a few runs etc or other things, so this will be a chance to get to know them better. It’s just camping outside the hotel , but if you don’t want to camp they might have rooms free – try http://www.luibhotel.co.uk/
Might be a run on Sunday depending on what happens on the day! And what happened the night before….
Hope to see you there – from teatime Saturday till Sunday morning. The hotel does food so I hope we can eat there and get a breakfast too.
and the Stormont Arms is still in business so we’re still meeting there. And if you haven’t renewed your subscription it’s still only a tenner…….