Another long standing TSSC camping weekend, the Peak Run is now in its 33rd Year.
This was the first year for new AO Bryan who has only just taken over from stalwart AO Colin. However all the usual gang were on hand to help make it as good a weekend as it has always been, although the usual ‘shenanigans’ in the bar were replaced with fun and games on the campsite.
We arrived and set up camp on the Thursday afternoon and were joined by our lad James who lives in Manchester and was joining us for the weekend. Thursday evening saw a small gathering of the early arrivals, catching up over a drink or two.
On Friday we were left to our own devices, with a few taking the opportunity for a wander around Ashbourne followed by a speedy bus ride back to camp. We also had a tube of Smarties to be filled with as many items as we could fit in (after eating the Smarties of course).
Saturday consisted of a wander down to the local village for a Treasure Hunt. A day without any driving was most welcome after our four hour drive to the campsite on the Thursday – as a bonus it went past the pub, with most people stopping off for refreshments. The evening was spent having fun and games at the marquee, with an Ashbourne charity shop Space Hopper purchase giving some an opportunity to relive their youth.
Sunday dawned with more sunshine, great weather for the 70 mile tour around the Peaks. After a bacon cob, and with our tulip route instructions in hand, we were ready for the off. For those that haven’t driven around the Peaks, this is a great way to do it. It’s an amazing place and having local members picking the route means you get to travel on roads you wouldn’t normally experience. We weren’t disappointed, it was a great drive. The ice cream stop was pretty good too.
The drive ended back at the campsite for the show ‘n shine. Competitions were judged and prizes handed out. For the first time ever we managed to win the treasure hunt! Having never got even close before we can only assume it was James’ influence. There was just the raffle to be held and all too soon it was time to pack up and start the long drive home.
The next one – the Sunshine Rally in August.