Terrific point-to-point racing in the north-east but we miss out on longest traveller as Carolyn Tanner, Lorna Brooke and the Hill family take the honours. Meanwhile, the AGA man’s playlist takes a turn for the worse, but we enjoy a tasty treat from Harry Ramsden’s on the journey home!
Sunday morning, early start, and it’s still dark! Not to worry, after a cup of tea and a tweet we were heading north. Yes, I said ‘we’, as Mrs S was making her seasonal reappearance, but would she like the going, and would she like my choice of music? I’ll answer the second question first, no! As this is a family blog I can’t repeat what she said, but I can tell you that she took charge of the CD folder just after we passed Durham. This was when things took a turn for the worse and I drove onto the course with ‘Relight My Fire‘ ringing in my ears, yes, I’m admitting that I listened to Take That Greatest Hits (from 1996), and I didn’t turn it off.
If you are on a point-to-point course in December you know there’s a fair chance that it may be cold, but if you can see the sea – and we could – then you know it will be freezing. It was.
It might have been cold but cap, scarf and gloves were not required today, although I was tempted!
It’s no secret that I love point-to-point racing, but I also love the north east of England (born & raised in Durham City), so I had an extra spring in my step today.
When I looked at the fixture list I thought we were absolutely nailed on for ‘longest traveller’, however, Carolyn Tanner, the Hills (accompanied by bookmaker Neil Astor), and Lorna Brooke had all racked up more miles than us to get here. Lorna broke her journey up with an overnight stay at the Cowards, while the Hills stayed overnight with some old friends, Ian & Tockie McKie – and rumour has it that there may have been some singing and dancing.
We’ll be back at Alnwick (West Percy) in January for an AGA ladies open race, but this one was still of great interest – along with the mens open – as points were up for grabs in our owners championship.
I liked the look of a couple of the runners and studied the bookies boards before deciding to keep my money in my pocket, a wise decision because I wouldn’t have backed the winner.
Joe O’Shea said smile for the AGA man and Emma Todd smiled, a lot!
Mrs S was firmly ensconced in the van and made it clear that’s where she was going to stay – she even put it on facebook – but she did have a steady stream of visitors throughout the afternoon, and I was only summoned once, to bring coffee, and I duly obliged.
Just look at Alan Hill, while all of us hardy folk from the north-east were wrapped up all he needed was a pullover, and I didn’t see him shiver once!
Encouraged by her dad, Barry, top photographer Grace Beresford decided to snap me while I was snapping her … but I think she was only pretending. Take a look at her gallery from the day by clicking here, but wait until you have finished reading my blog first!
The time flies when you’re having fun and I always have fun when I’m at a point-to-point meeting. It was good to catch up with so many familiar faces, and great to see the Hills were also having fun:
At the beginning of this post I asked the question, “would Mrs S like the going?”, well, I’ve already mentioned that she didn’t leave the van so I think we have our answer!
As we drove through the lorry park Mrs Drake was keen to remind me that she was wearing her pink AGA polo shirt – I think she needs one of our new pink AGA hats to go with it!
With the heater on full we headed off for our overnight stay in my spiritual home, Durham, which would include a brief (but very nice) Simpson family get together.
The journey home was completed on Monday and was notable for two things: I managed to regain control of the CD folder (phew), and we had a rather nice treat from Harry Ramsden’s. Probably not the kind of thing you would expect to read about on a point-to-point blog, but it was very enjoyable so I feel the need to share it!
Woodall services on the M1 (near Sheffield) has been a regular stop over the years and if you’re anywhere near, and you’re hungry, then I’d like to recommend you give the new Harry Ramsden’s a try. We had a portion of proper chips, thick & tasty gravy, and a very filling (and oh so tasty) steak & ale pie. Yes, you could taste the steak and the ale, we’ll be back!
Happy Christmas and I’ll look forward to seeing you at Chaddesley Corbett & Cottenham!