Reports of Section Runs and Meetings for 2020

Reports are listed in reverse order i.e. newest first. At the start of a New Year they will be removed to the page called the 'previous year' on the Lounge drop down button above.
the photos use a slide show type of presentation, just click any photo to start there.

1st January
Happy New Year everyone - start planning your rides for 2020.

2nd January
We had 10 members turn up at the Victoria Inn for the get together, only to find out that John Housley, on a bike, had already been and gone.

14th January
Yesterday, we had some 23 members turn out for the AGM, which was very amicable and all done in half an hour. The AGM returned the same officers with the exception of Geoff H as he had indicated that he was not going to stand again. We owe Geoff a big thank you for all that he has done for the section. Geoff ran the Seaside Run for a number of years, he wrote the section notes for a long time, plus he lead and organised some super rides. We are lucky that Geoff is still going to organise and lead three rides this year. Firstly, the St Davids day run,  then Geoff will organise and run one of his Historic Tours - don't miss it, as they are always very interesting. Finally, the Roof of Wales run.

One thing that came out of the AGM is that we are now in need of a section notes scribe, so if you think that you could pen 50 to 100 words each month for the main club Journal, then please let us know. It's not too onerous a job, and we really do need a presence in the club journal so as to reach other members in our area that cannot make section meetings.

Note that I've changed the calendar page to a simple list of events that will make it easier to update, contain more information and hopefully will be easier to read. The Google calendar is now gone. Anyone have preferences - or suggestions? Please let me know.

1st March
Some notes on the first run of the year led by Geoff H - the St David's day run:
5 bikes turned up at the cafť on Caerffili mountain for the St Davidís Day Run on March 1st, more than was anticipated as it was windy, cold and with the promise of heavy rain. 2 Hondas, a Triumph and a Matchless along with Kevin Gilbert on his unstoppable 1928, hand change BSA. The ride as always was to St. Davidís church in Llantony, or more correctly Llan Dewi Nant Hodni. The route had to be chosen with care as several roads were reported as closed due to flooding, particularly at Llanhelen on the A4042. Selecting the A467 passed Six Bells, we arrived frozen but all in one piece after a very cold and wet but , problem free ride. The warmth that greeted us as we walked into the former Priors Cellar for lunch was very welcome.  After the normal hilarious lunch with such pleasant company and a quick look around the historic St. Davidís church, we set of as a group for home but intending to go our separate ways as Kevin and myself always ride at a more moderate pace than the rest. We rode once again through heavy rain, but this time it felt a little warmer. Looking forward to next years run as by the laws of average it canít always be wet and cold.

9th August
After the covid-19 lockdown we held our first run. Geoff H had volunteered to run his Roof of Wales run, but without the food stops. We were all to assemble in the Llandovery main car park with about 6 from our section and 5 from the West South Wales Section turning up for the ride. At 1.30pm Geoff led the way off and out of Llandovery.

The route headed up through Rhandirmwyn and past the Lynn Brianne reservoir. At the top we turned right for Abergwesyn and then on to Llanwrytd for a coffee stop.

From Llanwrtyd the route took us through Llangammarch Wells and up over the army ranges to Upper Chapel and eventually into Brecon. The West Wales people peeled off here as the rest of us headed back up over the Beacons on the A470. The day had been dry and overcast until we passed the Storey Arms on the way home - when the sun decided to come out. Many thanks to Geoff for all his efforts in organising a good and most welcome day out.

21st-23rd August
Val Newton had organised a weekend event, similar to our old Dragon Tour, and she had based it at the Neuadd Arms hotel in Llanwrtyd Wells. The weather for the weekend looked to be quite 'orrible so Jean and I volunteered to take our van and provide the backup, as Val was worried about breakdowns. I didn't count the riders etc, but there were at least 12 on the 75 mile Saturday route, plus a Lomax and an early Morgan. Sunday there were even more bikes - with five having come from the Hereford section for the 35 mile run, before heading home. All in all a good weekend with rides around the Elan Valley and Lynn Brianne included.