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Pub night & mini run
Thu 2nd Aug 2018
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 13
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Although the forecast was supposed to be cloudy but dry when I checked the previous day, it turned out somewhat dreich when 24 members turned up at the Red Deer at 7pm for a meal and short run. The weather precluded us from having the usual tyre kicking session as everyone arrived, so we went into the pub to get settled and order food and drink.
Although the food was good, service was rather slow and it was 9pm before we were all finished.

Looking outside it was still wet and getting dark so I canvassed opinion as to whether to proceed with the run. The majority wanted to go so 12 cars set off for in pretty poor conditions.
We had to stop in Kilsyth to allow the group to gather and then off again on the Tac Me Doon road towards Carron Valley.

It got pretty foggy the summit of this road and speed was very much reduced. Ian & Jacqueline decided to turn off for home on the Carron Valley road but the rest of us proceeded on bravely. Visibility was OK at the lower levels but when we turned on to the Crow Road, this deteriorated rapidly as we climbed and was very poor on the summit. We stopped at the Crow Road top car park in the rain and fog and decided to end the run and head for home.

I headed back via Lennoxtown and Kilsyth before getting onto the M80. Traffic was quite busy for the time of night and we met an accident on the M80 just after Castlecarry Viaduct where a car was sitting on itís roof in the middle lane and stones were spread over the road from the central reservation. Fortunately it did not look like anyone was hurt, as a number of people were on the hard shoulder calmly awaiting emergency services and we managed to get by. I bet the road would have been closed for a while when police arrived.

Not the best night for a run and I hope everyone got home safely. Thanks a lot to all those who came along. Good company and chat, reasonable food and a run to remember.

Report by Drew

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