These point-to-point fixtures just keep getting better and better, and this one at Milborne St Andrew left me with a really warm glow which lasted all the way home – just as well really, because it was cold, very cold! However, that did not seem to concern the large, good natured crowd and it certainly did not concern me, I loved it!
Transport to South Dorset was courtesy of Derek Freathy (thank you, and thanks also go to Claire Hart for arranging said transport) so all I had to do was get myself to Moreton-in-Marsh for 9am, no problem! One of our travelling companions was Lilly Pinchin, who was excited beyond belief because her point-to-point debut was only hours away – although it should be noted that she slept for most of the journey!
I had been on course for around 10 minutes before the first invite was received to visit a well stocked car boot. It was from the Barber family (and friends), and I soon had a cup of delicious homemade soup in my hands which warmed me up a treat!
Next up was the PPORA-CA Club Members race for novice riders, the one that all of my travelling companions had been waiting for. Lilly Pinchin announced pre-race that she was going to dedicate her ride to family friend, Maddie Hems, and it was fitting that Maddie had travelled down to cheer her on.
And that was it, well, not quite, as there was still time for a cheeky celebratory drink in the lorry park before heading back to the Cotswolds, and there was also time for Lilly to say a great big thank you to Marblehead (see below).