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Lindisfarne & Rounders Run

Sunday 16th July 2017
The tide times were right, the sun was forecast to shine and so it was off to Lindisfarne for our annual picnic and rounders match with our fellow MX-5 enthusiasts from Tyne Tees area.

Eleven cars met at the start point at Tesco Eskbank and after giving the brief, handing out route information and getting the odd photo we were off roofs down to the A68 and our first stop at Carfraemill where we picked up another two cars including new member Alastair who was on his own as his wife Mary was unwell. We encountered the odd light rain showers on route but nothing to worry about.

Arriving at Swinton, Belinda and George were waiting to join us, with Belinda snapping away with her camera as the cars rounded the corner to the main street. We were now up to fourteen cars as we headed to Berwick. The skies brightened and the sun came out as we hit the A1 and the remaining short drive to the Lindisfarne turnoff.

The tide looked to be well out, and although there was a stiff breeze, the causeway was relatively dry so no thoughts of instant rust on the chassis to worry about. Arriving at the car park we headed to the usual parking and picnic spot and met Carol and Evan who had been staying locally - we were now up to fifteen cars.

However no sign of Tyne Tees until Evan informed me that they had parked at the opposite end of the car park as a camper van had taken up our rounders field spot. So after a bit of mixed up manoeuvring we park nose to nose with the Tyne Tees squad of sixteen cars.

I took out the event tent and made a start erecting it in the wind. Thankfully a number of our team were available to help while others went to get parking tickets. Tent erected, folding seats laid out, picnic bags opened and Dave firing up his mini stove to cook his lamb steaks and we were soon tucking into our picnics.

Tyne Tees had the usual disposable BBQs but one of their group had a large gas BBQ complete with 7kg gas bottle. I asked how he managed to get in a five boot and he showed me four bolts drilled through the boot lid where he then could bolt down the BBQ - not recommended as an approved fixing method if you were going to enter your car in competition.

Picnic over, it was time for the England vs Scotland rounders competition. A pitch had to be cleared of the parking lane marker logs and this revealed some ruts and holes which represented a trip hazard. However Scotty, the Tyne Tees health and safety rep strategically placed the four place marker poles to avoid trips as much as possible. We had 8 players (new member Peter had gone for walk on the island - he was duly reprimand on his return as he missed the match and I thought he could have been one of our star players!!) and Tyne Tees had 9. Tyne Tees started off in good form by winning the toss and opted to field.

We batted admirably but the wind had a big effect on the distance the ball travelled. We racked up a commendable score of no runs and a number of batsmen caught out when Dave came in to bat and belted it away for a home run. Score 1 run for Scotland. The rest of the team was either run out or caught and to be fair Dave looked incapable of getting another run.

So England came in to bat and they struck some pretty sweet balls which went the distance and had soon gained 2 home runs. We gave the batsmen another turn each and they managed another run so final score 3:1 to England. A suitably inscribed rounders bat trophy ( inscribed by Scotty) was presented to Scotty, England team captain for a well deserved win. Everyone enjoyed it and there is always next year to get Scotland engraved on the new trophy.

It was time to dismantle the tent and pack everything away before saying our goodbyes and heading north after a great day out.

I hope you all enjoyed it as much as me.

Report by: Drew


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16th Jul 2017 20:37 :: Deborah & Chris
Great run today, pity we lost the match.  Time for some after sun, a bit burnt.

16th Jul 2017 21:36 :: Drew & Ali
Thanks all for a lovely day. Report added

17th Jul 2017 15:09 :: Marcia
Many thanks to Drew & Ali for organising our run down to Lindisfarne. It was a great day even if we did lose at the rounders. Thanks also to Dave for taking me.

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