Despite a forecast of force 9 winds and heavy rain a hardy bunch of some 26 classic tractor enthusiasts turned out for the Inaugural Festive Road Run. This was an event put forward by the team of David Lemonius, Denis Pocock and John Butcher who are have been organising the Charity Fun Weekend on the Island during March for the last 4 years.
The route took us from the car park at "Carpet Right" in Gunville (other Carpet suppliers are available) and out to Betty Haunt Lane and through some lovely countryside in Great Park exiting on the main Yarmouth- Newport Road at Three Gates. Thence on to Calbourne and Brighstone with a pit stop at New Wolverton Farm, Yafford.
The second half took us down through Atherfield Green and on up to Chale Green to Berry Shute at Billingham and a delightful run down through Cridmore and on up to the Chequers Inn on the very aptly named Bleak Down as by this time it was raining and blowing.
The Inn provided suitable warmth and everyone dispersed in their various directions mid afternoon.
Around £400.00 was raised for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and our thanks must go to all the car park owners and landowners who allowed us to cross their land without which this Road Run would not have been possible.
The support & feedback given to us by the entrants was overwhelming and this event was voted such a great success that they all wanted to do it again next year.
Report & Photos - F.F.A Isle of Wight Area representative David Lemonius