Club run to Ditchling
Mr Anton reports
Not having a photo job to go to at the weekend, I didn’t have an excuse to NOT come out on a club run.
Having had two days of monstrously slow commutes on the Thursday and Friday, I thought I’d be in for a complete hiding, especially with my slow trudge up through Ardingly to Turners Hill. Despite being late I was still first to arrive so it’s good to know time keeping hasn’t improved over the summer!
Richard, Andy and Steve duly arrived followed by another Steve, a new face and resident of Forest Row. Paul W appeared and we set off into the freezing fog through Worth.
The pace seemed comfortable despite the cold and Andy and I towed everyone along for much of the run through to Handcross. Joining the ’25’ course from there on we were going to carry on down through Cowfold but road closed signs had us along the A272 until Kent St. This is a funny lane that doesn’t really do anything other than add distance to a trip, something that Andy found out to his cost some time ago when he went down it by accident.
Continuing through Wineham and a slight detour via Blackstone had us on the fast run through Shaves Thatch towards Hurstpierpoint. The pace started to wind up a bit, probably spurred on by the prospect of some food and drink at Dollys Pantry in Ditchling.
Upon arrival the lovely young lass kindly opened the garage up for bike storage and with the merest bit of arm twisting, tea cakes AND gingerbread trees were ordered. Another arm twist to buy raffle tickets on the way out and we were set for the up hill return home.
The back lanes through to Wivelsfield passed quickly enough though the NE wind that had helped on the way out was starting to be felt in places. The grind up Slug Wash lane passed without incident which was a minor miracle considering the state of the road, or should that be ‘track’?
A regrouping at Monteswood lane saw Forest Row Steve decide to stay with everyone for the run back through Horsted Keynes though I turned left to wander home, having done the HK hills on the Friday evening.
All in all a pleasant run out with no visits from the puncture fairies or road surfing incidents. The weather was also considerablly kinder than my last ‘club’ outing, the ESCA reliability.