Flaming June. Well it certainly was for the Bridges of the Tamar run. Finally we have managed to get out on a run after fifteen months, and what a joy it was. Twenty eight riders signed on. The sun shone and the heat kept on rising. We started at Lifton in Devon, stopped for a break at Tamar Lakes and ended in Bude. Thanks to Kelvin Brown for a very interesting day.
Sunday 13th June saw the start of the first official V.M.C.C. run that commenced at Strawberry Fields Garden Shop. The most able organiser was Kelvin who led us through the lanes of the Devon/ Cornwall border. The roads in Devon were very challenging whilst the views across both county’s were at their best. Twenty eight riders signed with a mixture of two and three cylinder Triumphs rigid,swinging arm and mono shock . An immaculate Ariel, Sunbeam S8, an MZ super 5, plus a Norton Commando with a stunning paint job, lovely green BMW to name just a few. A thoroughly enjoyable day plenty of miles from us down West and very hot. The first chance to see old friends and enjoy the company of like minded souls since the pandemic.
Sunday 21st July started as the previous two days, overcast and a bit rainy, but as the time for the run approached, the sun came out. Seventeen bikes, riders and a pillion passenger met at the Chequered Flag Café on the A38 and rode to the Minions on Bodmin Moor and then to Duloe and onto Seaton for a short break. Our next stop was Millbrook Football Club. We arrived here by riding along the coast through Kingsands and Cawsands. Following a hearty lunch we headed for Calstock and a lovely cream tea. Here the run ended. Thanks for Kelvin for a great ride out, lovely day and the scrumptious cream tea.
January 20th 2019
Well after all the frivolities of Christmas and the New Year, today dawned sunny for some and pouring rain for others. However, nineteen riders and a couple of pillion passengers were not perturbed and turned up at Chiverton Cross for George’s New Year Run. Two of our friends from Devon came down. They didn’t ride down, they brought the bikes in the back of the van, but we won’t mention that!! The clouds threatened and the temperature dropped but off they went. This year, George broke with tradition and instead of going to Porth Level for lunch he led the riders through the lanes of Gorranhaven and Perranporth ending up at King Edward mines in Troon for lunch.
Sunday 16th September was Mike Jenkin’s run. Ten bikes arrived at Chiverton Cross for the ride of the unknown! The weather was overcast but dry..there’s a bonus. Off we went to Perrinaworthal, Mylor Bridge and stopped at Penryn Quay for a break. Leaving Penryn we travelled to Coverack via Treverva, Brill, Gweek, along the Helford Passage to Mawgan, St Keverne and then onto Coverack where we stopped for lunch. This was the official end of the run but Mike then led us part way back to Chiverton. Some branched off as and when they came near to where they lived which left four of us riding well beyond Chiverton up to Bodmin. Total mileage of the day for a few was 130 miles. Not bad for a Sunday trip out. The weather did change along the way and we rode through a good old shower. But never mind. Thanks Mike for a great run. Some lovely winding roads and good scenery.
Sunday 22nd August was the Rame Head Run, organised and lead by Kelvin. The recent brilliant weather continued. We met at the Chequered Flag café on the A38 near Liskeard and from there made our way along the coast of East Cornwall, through Seaton and Downderry and visiting the Coast Watch Station on Rame Head. The roads were very busy and we had to fight our way through the narrow lanes….but it all adds to the fun.
The lunch stop was in Cremyl, (Mount Eedgcumbe). Again an extremely busy place because of local events and the brilliant weather. Therefore street parking was impossible. Poor Kelvin – he had specially arranged parking at a particular place and these nasty cars had come and stolen our area!!! Consequently, we ended up parking in the grounds of Mount Edgcumbe.
Thanks to all who took part and a big thank you to Kelvin for a great run and good weather.
Thirty two bikes took part in the above run on Sunday 27th May 2018. Merv Pearce, one of our long standing members, sadly died last year, following a long illness. In years gone by, Merv was well known for his Dartmoor Runs. His knowledge of Cornwall and the surrounding Moors was endless. He was also famous for his quizzes at club nights. In his memory Roger Hore organised a memorial run over Exmoor. It was a charity run for Little Harbour Hospice, Children’s Hospice South West. The run left Camelford and made its way to Barnstaple and South Molten where we met up with friends from the Devon Section. Merv always had a great affiliation with the Devon Section. From here a coffee break was enjoyed at the Honey Centre in South Molton and then the ride was led by Merv’s cousin Gordon. He led us around a few of Merv’s favourite places, ending at the North Gate Inn in South Molton. Roger led the run back to Camelford, the same way that Merv has down many times in the past. He would have been proud! .A total of around 190 miles was travelled.
Basil’s run on Sunday 20th May was a very enjoyable one. Twenty five bikes, riders and some pillion passengers met at the Chiverton Arms by Chiverton Cross.
We headed West, weaving and winding our way through the lanes and ending up at Marazion for a short coffee stop. It was warm and the sun was shining. St Micheal’s Mount could be seen in all its glory in the background.
From here we travelled further West through Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole. In Mousehole we encountered a 1:4 hill with four hairpins. Basil did warn us before hand and was adamant that we had to zig zag up the hill. We couldn’t zig zig up it or even zag zag because then we might end up in someone’s front garden. However, he who shall remain nameless but sometimes answers to the name of Len, tried a zig zig but just in time did a zig zag. Now if you’ve followed all that, you deserve your lunch at Geevor Mine, which is where we stopped.
From here some went on to Lelant Nurseries for a tea break. Others went on home. Thanks Basil for a brilliant run and for ordering the good weather.
Sunday January 21st….cold, wet and foggy but still nine bikes and riders met up at Chiverton Cross for George’s run.
The ride went through Portreath, where there was going to be a coffee stop but it was unanimously agreed to keep going and get to lunch as soon as possible. Lunch was at Porthleven.
Thanks George for a good ride inspite of the weather.
This year for our section’s Christmas meal we went to the Quintrell Inn at Quintrell Downs near Newquay. Over 50 people attended and we all enjoyed a vey nice carvery. We have been using this venue quite a lot recently with committee meetings, rally meetings and monthly lunch meetings. They look after us very well.
Below are some photographs of the event, taken by Peter Lee.