Dagfields, Mills, Hailstones and sunshine

This was the scene at the club this morning, with ‘not as many as expected’ given that it’s just over a month to Llanberis.

Either way, there were enough eager souls turning up to do a couple of runs, and the majority took off towards Ruthin, although most muttered about Loggerheads so that was to be their destination. This was them, at that there Loggerheads:

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Anyhow, enough about them.

Carol turned up this morning wearing shades, and I muttered something about the optimism.

Weather girl Carol however, assured us that it would be nice and sunny later. Okay. We believe you.

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Carol, before club run today.

There were only five of us left, and no-one wanted to go to Dagfields, so, we went to the Mills. This turned out to be the right choice, given the wind direction, despite the fact that the day hadn’t started windy (Carol, the weather woman, hadn’t mentioned this).

So, me, Carol, John, Colin, and Carl (with a nice version of a cold, and the WVCC chest complaint, and a worry about getting back for the England v France rugby game), set off.

It was a standard approach to the Mills, but as we got through Delamere, Colin, exhausted from his Premier League management duties playing havoc with his ham strings, peeled off for home.

And so we were four. On through Ahshton Heys, Micjle Trafford and onto the Greenway, we made a steady pace as the wind got up, and as we approached the bridge, the wind blew John’s chain off. Soon back on, he caught up, and we headed up hideous Woodbank Lane and onto the main road into a block headwind.

Not too many in the Mills, Carl sent a message via Facebook to Jon K., just to cheer him up(?) with a picture of pin-up weather lady Carol and a coffee emblazoned with Enjoy…

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It wasn’t Carol’s coffee, it was Carl’s, and yes, he did indeed enjoy it as advertised.

Then, as were were tucking into din dins, Biblical fury rained down from the sky, in the form of frogs and locusts. Well, actually, hailstone.

Had Carol, the weather presenting lass, got it wrong?

‘I think I’ll get a lift home’ I joked.

‘Nah, it’s only a shower’ said meteorologist Carol. ‘The sun’ll be out inΒ  a bit’.

‘Today’s weather, will soon be sunny, honest. Wouldn’t have brought me shades otherwise. These aren’t them, these are me weather reading spectacles’

Sure enough, it was only a shower, and by the time we left, the sun had poked it’s fizzog out.

Carl looked a bit nervous, looking worried about missing the game. We swigged brews and decided to leave.

Err, can we leave now? Rugby’s on in a bit..

I carefully dried my saddle, and smugly sat on it. Comforted by a dry bum.

The wind was behind us, and we headed back via the path by the railway, taking turns opening the gates as we usually do when we head this way. All wishing that we had brought our shaded because of the bright sun.

As Carl kindly opened the last gate, I felt suddenly quite tired, so was glad when my front wheel planted itself into some wet leaves, slid, and let me have a little lie down at 2 miles per hour. Giggling like an idiot, I picked myself up, and we proceeded onward, me with a wet bum.

At the forest, I decided to carry on through to Mouldsworth and Alvanley, and the three turned right through to the forest. This is where we parted, although as I headed up the hill, back into the headwind, I realised the error of my ways, and turned back to go through the forest. Dumb. Anyhow, my legs were by now heavy, so I meandered back home back towards Weaverham and onto home, the last 6 miles for me, joyfully into a headwind.

Only a few of us there were, but nevertheless, a good run.

Helping set course today for @WeaverValleyCC for @nwcca race tomorrow. I hope the wind dies down! πŸŒͺ pic.twitter.com/c06JEpWqY1

Upcoming Events

Jun
29
Sat
2019
09:00 Alternative Training Ride
Alternative Training Ride
Jun 29 @ 09:00 – 12:00
Early Saturday ride – Steadier alternative to the training run. Starting 09:00 Saturday- Meet at Hatchmere with a cafe stop at Cleopatras. Distance about 45 miles and back for 12:00. Averaging 18mph ish
10:00 Training Ride
Training Ride
Jun 29 @ 10:00 – 15:00
Hatchmere X rds for a 10am sharp depart.. 10:01 we’ll be gone..
Jul
3
Wed
2019
10:00 Wrinklies Ride Out
Wrinklies Ride Out
Jul 3 @ 10:00 – 14:30
A 10:00 for a 10:10 depart.. an easy, no one gets left behind run. Usually head out into the wind so we have a tail wind home.
18:30 WVCC Club 10 TT – Championship 10
WVCC Club 10 TT – Championship 10
Jul 3 @ 18:30 – 21:00
Championship 10 This is it. You’ve been working all year to get that critical time. Go for it tonight and see if you’ve got what it takes to take Gold, Silver, Bronze, or get that[...]
Jul
6
Sat
2019
14:00 WVCC Open 25 Mile Time Trial
WVCC Open 25 Mile Time Trial
Jul 6 @ 14:00 – 18:00
Volunteers will be required for this event. Please try and support your club. Contact Chris Gilbertson to volunteer for a duty on the day. Thanks. chris_gilbertson@talk21.com
Jul
10
Wed
2019
10:00 Wrinklies Ride Out
Wrinklies Ride Out
Jul 10 @ 10:00 – 14:30
A 10:00 for a 10:10 depart.. an easy, no one gets left behind run. Usually head out into the wind so we have a tail wind home.
18:30 WVCC Club 10 TT – Guardian Cup R...
WVCC Club 10 TT – Guardian Cup R...
Jul 10 @ 18:30 – 21:00
The Guardian Cup is a season long competition based on a points system. The cup is awarded at the club dinner, and goes to the club member who has the most improved times throughout the[...]

Club Meeting Times

Sunday runs:

09:30 - Winnington Park Rugby Football Club - see calendar for updated start times (Most runs 10:00 during the winter months)

Tuesday evening (informal - usually a small gathering!)

20:00 onwards - Winnington Park Rugby Football Club

Wednesday runs:

10:00 - Hatchmere

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