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2009 Anglia Road Run

Report on the 2009 Anglia Road Run

The Participants in the 2009 Anglia Run gather for the Event evening meal at the Esplanade Hotel (click on the photo to see yourself in the enlargement)

This Roadrun is designed for people who like to use their Standards. No standing about in muddy fields, kicking tyres. Instead, we visit tourist attractions and local hostelries and enjoy good food and drinks in the company of like minded enthusiasts.

The Event is enjoyed by many members and their families. If anyone breaks down, which they rarely do, there is always someone on hand to assist. If you havn't participated before, please consider joining in the fun next time, like all these members and cars you see here.

Wish you were here?

Day 1- Friday: Lynda and I set off mid Friday morning for the Rally, heading for Hertford, up the A10, then across country to Stansted Airport and Braintree on the A120. This eventually runs onto the A12 before Colchester before picking up the A120 again towards Harwich. The Flying 12 purred all the way in the improving sunshine.

1934 Standard 10 with a very appropriate AA sign at Elmstead Market (click to enlarge)

We arrived at Beth Chatto Gardens near Elmstead Market in time for lunch and a look round these impressive gardens. Lots of opportunities to purchase plants to try to make Webmaster Towers a little prettier but we could never really compete, I have to admit.

The first run is to to Thorington to view the Tide Mill, the only working Tide Mill in the UK. The cars took pride of place outside whilst we were given a conducted tour of the workings inside. Everyone thought this is an idyllic spot and envied the job of the "Miller", whose role it was to show people around.

There followed a short run to Clacton where we booked into our Hotel, the Esplanade, right on the Promenade.

The evening meal was arranged at a local Indian Restaurant, called the "Unique", of which we had exclusive use, but the splendid meals came from their all English menu.

The Tide Mill

Standard Line-up on the front at Frinton

Maritime Museum at Walton

Day 2: Saturday. Away smartly after breakfast we visited fashionable Frinton where we were able to see the level crossing without its famous gates, then paused on the seafront to enjoy the sunshine. The route then took us past many of the interesting Art Deco properties on the seafront to our next stop, the Maritime Museum at Walton on Naze.  Moving further along the coast we stopped for coffee at a seafront cafe at Dovercourt, near Harwich. The afternoon was free and returning to Clacton, the majority took time to explore the town, while we "took lunch" in the local Wetherspoons Beer Festival.

In the evening was the main event dinner at the Esplanade hotel, you can see almost everyone present in the title photograph. Afterwards, in the bar, there was a non-motoring pub quizz, which Lynda and I won overall by just one point. Our prizes were a book on Beth Chatto gardens and a sweetie prize that was shared around everyone.

No truth in the rumour that the Chairman tried to buy the Clacton Land Train!

Cars at the Wildlife Reserve

Waiting for Sunday lunch

Day 3: Sunday. Arising somewhat earlier than we are used to, the cars set of for Fingringhoe Wildlife reserve, set in a disused quarry and mudflats close to the sea. The major attraction here were Nightingales and though many members wandered the site looking for them, one of the wardens told us that the best place to hear them sing was right in the carpark. It was here that Zena Lucas shot this excellent video of the cars.

Lunch was only a few miles away at the Queens Head at Tolleshunt D'Arcy. This delightful pub served us the best meal of the weekend and everyone complained (not too loudly) about the size of the sweets, in particular. It was a good job that there was only another short ride to the Museum of Power at Langford. In addition to the very interesting museum set in an old water pumping station, there was also a miniature steam railway that was a great interest to a number of our train enthusiasts. The "one man" model village was a sight to see!

Left: pumping engine

Above, miniature Steam Engine

The model village

Sunday evening was spent on the front at Clacton where freshly cooked fish and chips were the order of the day, washed down by a couple of Wetherspoons real ales. There we were joined by Alfred Betts, a club member from Austria, who made an unexpected entrance. Good to see you Alfred!

Dedham Village

Below: 1074 Gnomes in the wood

Right: Gnome 1075

Day 4 Monday: The morning consisted of a visit to the village of Dedham, made famous in Constable's paintings. We then moved on to the last formal visit, Gnome Magic hard by the A12. Here we first took a buffet lunch, followed by an exploration of the pretty 5 acre garden. Everyone was set a task, to count the number of gnomes in the garden. The answer was 1074 and the closest was 10 year Josh Lewis, who was just two gnomes short. One of them appeared to be the chairman, who donned appropriate headgear for the occasion. (Actually, he often looks like that!) 

So it came to saying goodbye to our friends  as we pushed the Flying 12 back down the A120. We had managed to keep the hood down for all four days and it wasn't until we reached home that we felt the first spots of rain falling. Maybe the forecasts are correct and we really will have lots of good weather this summer. Lets hope so then we really will get good use out of our Drophead Coupe on runs like this.

I am sure that  everyone present will join with me in thanking Ian and Vera Leggett for organising such a fantastic friendly family event. The next event you can join in with is the Standard-Triumph Marque Day at Duxford Airfield, where a huge turn-out is expected. You would be wise not to miss it.

Report by Phil Homer

Photos by Zena and Stuart Lucas and Phil Homer

Video by Zena Lucas

This report, which also contains over 60 photos, took several hours to prepare. If my efforts were worthwhile, ask your friends to view it, if you don't like it, let me know