After two years of cancellations due to the Covid pandemic we were all looking forward to a revival of our National Rally. Unfortunately we couldn’t be at Wolverhampton Rugby Club this year as the pitches were all being dug up to install new drainage systems. Instead, we gathered at Ted’s Hunger Hill campsite near Shifnal, which proved to be a very acceptable alternative. In total we were 12 campers; several members arrived from far-flung places on bikes and tent-camped. Russell Germain rode all the way from Sittingbourne in Kent, while Dave Stevenson rode from Barnsley and Dave Johnson rode from Leek in Staffordshire.
A total of 17 riders lined up for the Saturday run of 44 miles (grateful thanks to Ian Harris for the routes and John Burgess -who rode both routes on Friday – Neil Howells and Ken Hayes for riding the routes before the rally), the run was via Patshull Fishing Lake to Halfpenny Green airfield, only slightly marred by a brief period of rain.
Sundays’ run had several options; the long route (led by John Burgess) was 24 miles, while a shorter route, for those wanting to get away in good time, was 12 miles, led by Neil Howells.