Sunday the 23rd of April was bright and sunny and 52 cars turned up at the Beamish Hall Hotel for our annual Bobby Shafto Hills of the North Run, Brian Crook won the longest distance travelled award by driving up from Staines in Middlesex for the event.
After some coffee/tea and excellent home made biscuits we set off. The run was a new route that headed west via Tanfield and Whittonstall to Corbridge and then North up through Northumberland to a welcome lunch break at Otterburn Mill.
The afternoon run was a leisurely drive back through stunning countryside South through Bellingham and Wark towards Hexham. The run turned East and went back through Whittonstall and Stanley back to the Beamish Hall Hotel for coffee and biscuits and prize giving.
Prizes were awarded as follows:
Long distance award
Brian Crook from Staines in Middlesex
Ted Sherrat from Morecambe
Graham Howarth from Chorley
Most interesting cars
Kevin Stewart Corvette Stingray
Gary Bewick Sunbeam Tiger
Classic not MG
David Matthew Frogeye Sprite
Brian Fish Mazda
Eric Robson MGA
Kevin Coston MGA
George Robinson MG Y type
Andy Stewart Midget
Adrian Andrews MGC
Lloyd Oxley MGB
Phillip Wanless MG BGT
Eddie Crann MG BGT
Alan Cockburn MG TF
Keith Emmerson MG TF
Mike Brann MG TF
Giles Passmore MG TF
A big thank you to all the marshals/helpers signing people in and to the judges who help make this possible and a special mention to Derek May for an excellent route, Mike Forbes
I received the following email from Brian Crook since the run
Hi to all members of the Durham Group, a big thank-you for the excellent route, and organisation on the 23rd. We were pleased to receive the 'longest distance travelled' award. I should point out that Nick , my navigator, had stepped in at the last moment, and came up from the south coast, adding nearly 70 miles to his personal total, this was due to a family illness requiring my wife [usual navigator], to catch an aircraft to Scotland to help with the children.
Nick and I have a long history of motorcycle events, many with the 'Grand' people of the North, so he was pleased to re-acquaint himself with
such a fine bunch of enthusiasts. May your club long continue
Brian Crook [WDV 707K] 1007 Runnymede mgoc