|Trevor & Susan Jones
|Bob Finnie & Evangeline
There was some confusion at the start with a number of entrants believing the start time was 10.00am when the majority were ready to go at 9.30 am. The group finally departed about 9.45 am. Peter Arriola arrived soon after and left quickly on seeing no bikes left, and managed to catch up with the main group at Semaphore.
The weather was fine for the ride but a strong and quite cold South Westerly persisted throughout the ride. The attendance of 23 starters exactly equalled a previous (2014) Beach Run. Numbers like these make control of the group over a fairly complex route a challenge, but the ride to and from Glenelg proceeded without any real problem thanks to those who helped with marshalling.
Two first time entrants on 50 cc Solex Mopeds found the speed of the run a bit of a challenge and the wind did not help their efforts. They retired at Glenelg. We all hope they will come back for another try on a better day.
To celebrate the end of the moped year 18 persons stayed on for lunch at the BIG table in the Birkenhead Tavern. Considering the numbers the service from the Tavern was very good, and the staff quickly organised extension of the table to ensure the extra number of diners were accommodated. The efforts of the tavern staff have been acknowledged.
It was good to see Club secretary Charles Oliver attending to have his first exposure to Moped operations and his assistance as a marshall in this event was also appreciated. Thanks go also to marshalls Nick Hayes and Paul David, and probably a few others who jumped in to avoid the development of chaos in the mob during our journey. Thanks also of course go to Wayne Williams who was on station as usual at the end of the line -up with backup vehicle and trailer.
Finally we must acknowledge that this event was run without the participation of our usual Tail-end Charlie operator Alan Wallis. Alan has in recent times had various problems which have kept him off the bike for a while, but it is hoped he will resume in 2019. For this run we were lucky to have the services of Roger O’Loughlin, who normally acts as a marshall, to replace Alan as Tail End Charlie.
Merry Christmas to you all – Look forward to riding with you in 2019
Next Run : Targa Hindmarsh 3rd Feb 2019
Meet: 10.00 am for a 10.30 start
Where: At the old Goolwa Caravan Park by the river on Liverpool Rd. Goolwa
Run: a.m. Goolwa/ Hindmarsh Island/Goolwa approx. 30kms
p.m. Goolwa North / airport/Goolwa barrage/ Goolwa approx.. 30kms.
Remember: These runs cater for slower riders and smaller machines, backup
trailer always provided.
Enquiries: Warren 0417882625 Alan 82955097