Well this is it...In just under 12 hours the riders will start to sign in for the first ever Haggis Run, hosted by the North East Scottish section of the VMCC. I've got everything sitting here ready to go....wish us luck with the weather, its a bitty chilly out there but forecast to be sunny....
Make sure you log back on tomorrow evening to see how it went!
Its now tomorrow evening...am absolutely kna...er...tired so won't be updating this now but you can see how it went from some of the comments. Glad you all seemed to enjoy it - I'll try to pop the full goss on here tomorrow before I head off to Spain....meantime...my bed is a calling. Thank you and goooooood night.
And now its tomorrow 'tomorrow' and I haven't even packed yet. The trains are on strike so how do I get to Edinburgh for my flight? Blimmin' bus I spose. Anyway. Up at 6am on Sunday, pitch dark, can't see to check sheep. Very cold. 7am, started to rain as we set off for Alford. Looked pretty miserable all the way out to the west but we just crossed our fingers and carried on. Malcolm at the museum was there at 8am to open up early for us, we set up, the marshals started to arrive, then cor blimey wotsit, Haggis people started to arrive too! Quite exciting really, nerve wracking too, specially when Shortie and other notable people from the other VMCC sections came to sign on. That all went smoothly, had a few "mispers" but hey, you always get some of them at these events.
By the time they had all arrived the sun was very firmly set in the sky.
Sent them off, that all went to pot really, need to sort out the start next year. Trouble is, they didn't listen to me they just went vrooooming off!! Can't say what happened after that, well, not on the run. Mrs BC, Briano, Ian2 and I stayed behind to set up the special test hahaha, no one knew about that, should have seen their faces when they all got back and were told to go and weave through the cones, do a U turn and balance their balls on cones hehehehe. Got some good video footage of that. Disclaimer - they weren't actually balancing their own balls, we supplied tennis balls for the occasion. Some little oiks nicked 2 of the balls too. Cute.
Totted up the results after Captain Bill arrived with the score cards from checkpoint 2 (thanks to Ian2 for collecting the CP 1 ones) and while the riders were all scoffing cakes and tea, did the awards ceremony.
Overall Winner - Stephen Campbell on his Haggis HRD.
Best Lady Rider - Mary Whyte on a Cub!
Youngest Rider - Alistair Mackie on a Triumph T90
Furthest Travelled by bike to the event - Peter Oram on a Velo Viper
Oldest Bike to complete course - Sid Leitch on his home made AJS thingy.
Right, I'd better go and pack. Wonder if there will be an internet cafe at the campsite in Spain....