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Normally New Year’s Day would be spent ‘resting’ following on from the previous evening’s compulsory revelry. All in the cause of being sociable you understand. Not this time!

A chance conversation during a committee meeting earlier in the year had brought up the idea of a New Year’s Day run or gathering, as other clubs throughout the country do. Although the general feeling was that it would be a good idea, it remained just that, an idea!

Adrian DiFrancesco mentioned that his dad would open his Fish & Chip restaurant in Mumbles for a finish venue. Now we needed a route for a run. Preferably a shortish run to enable a late start time for the tired old souls with headaches!!  We decided on a short wake up run without too much navigation for the passengers to do.


For a first run of the New Year, the turnout of 18 cars was very good at the Penllegaer start, unlike the Morgan Club who had one lonely car turn up for their proposed New Year’s Day Run. We did invite them along but I think they were going back to Cardiff in disgust at the lack of support.


A chance to compare headaches etc.      We nearly gained a lonely Morgan.


We were two cars short, with both Mike Palmer and Graham Bentman being taken ill. Sorry guys, but I hope you are both on the mend now and can join in our next event.

The route left the services and headed towards Gorseinon centre, from there we went towards Loughor and down to the river bridge. Left towards Gowerton and on to Killay. From there we took them across Fairwood Common past the Airport towards Parkmill, but turned left at the roundhouse towards Pennard, left towards Swansea, down onto Mumbles road and into Mumbles for our lunch halt.

The Carpark on the site of the old Legion Club is a private pay & display. Most of us have no problem with parking fees in the main. However, for one member the purchase of a ticket was a new experience, as Peter bought his first pay & display parking ticket! The shock was more than some members could stand and some confusion was apparent with one or two of them.





 Peter’s first paid for parking ticket.           




After a nice hot meal and a cup of tea, it was time for home. Many thanks to all who took part.  A new fixture in the club’s calendar? I hope so.


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