Tuesday 25 June 2024

Rally - Jock’s Run - Bulletin 3

It looks as though 200 or more cars and their human contents are expected to turn up this Saturday 29th June for the Biggar Young Farmers Club organised fund raiser for the ‘CJD Support Network’ which is doing so much to help support Jock and the Gray family at this desperate time.

It also looks as though the ‘entry list’ will include a five-time British Rally Champion and a former World Champion Co-driver in some old banger with its own heritage. That is, if it starts! There might well be a nice red, although somewhat elderly, box van full of caramel wafers and tea cakes in the parade too.

Given the expected numbers, if anyone else is thinking of attending and haven’t yet advised the BYFC team then it would indeed be most helpful if you let them know. All you have to do is send a Text to 07708 343 889 with a note of your name, vehicle reg and vehicle make/type.

As previously stated this is not a competition, just a gathering of family and friends to generate a bit of funding for a most worthwhile cause. The route is a little over 20 miles in length and it actually runs close by Jock’s family home, so if he can’t make the showground, hopefully he’ll be fit enough to sit in the garden and wave!

Starting from Biggar showground, the entourage should exit the field and turn left down Biggar High Street, turning right on to the B7016 ‘Carnwath’ road. A mile out of town take the right fork on to the unclassified road to Elsrickle, and continue 3 miles or so to go straight over the cross-roads with the A721 - but give way to oncoming traffic on the main road! Just over a mile from there it’s a sharp left turn, back on to the Oggscastle Road to the junction with the A721 where you must take care joining the main road and turn right.

Then it’s onwards through Newbigging to Carnwath turning left at the traffic lights in the ‘town centre’ on to the B7016 passing the Apple Pie Bakery on your left and continue south on the Biggar road. Just beyond the ‘hamlet’ of Libberton (Jock’s home town) make a right on to the unclassified road towards Quothquan, then turn left at the T junction on to the Shieldhill Road passing the old haunted Shieldhill House Hotel to pick up the B7016 again and turn right towards Biggar. Then it’s back up the High Street to the Showground for burgers and ice cream - but not necessarily on the same roll!

Simples, eh? Having said that, the BYFC stalwarts are intending to affix some ‘stage arrows’ along the way to help those who manage to get themselves lost. Either that or just follow the motor bike, car, van, lorry, tractor in front.

Please note that some of these roads are quite narrow so please drive with due care and attention and be courteous to other road users who may be unaware of what’s going on and might get caught up in this procession through no fault of their own.

The ‘entry fee’ is £20 per car and £5 per passenger to be paid on the day. Cash is preferable although cards will be accepted – dependent on the phone signal at the Showground, hence the preference for cash.

For those that would like to attend but can’t make it, donations can still be made via a ‘Just Giving’ page which the BYFC have created:

See you there!

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