Pendle Run 2023
Another year, another Pendle Run. Sunday June 4th brought the 29th Pendle Run — two fewer than there would otherwise have been were it not for Covid. We set — for space reasons — a limit of 50 cars and received 48 entrants, spanning nine decades of classic motoring, from a pre-war racing Aston Martin to the latest MG. A wonderful variety with glorious sunshine to display them at their best.
On Sunday morning, during registration, the attractively displayed raffle prizes tempted our visitors — and the club members — to part with a “few bob” to make it the success that it was, enabling us to donate £800 to our two chosen charities, a children’s hospice and local breast cancer treatment centre.
Getting down to business at around 10 am — videoed by Paul Hargreaves, it is available on YouTube under “Classic Cars in Action” and then “Mainly MG” — a resolutely “hoods down” rally set off to make their separate ways for (more or less!) 81.4 miles in the early summer morning. Out along country lanes, the Lancashire villages and low hills, then a stiffer climb over Bowland Knots to Bentham and it’s spectacular views towards The Lakes. Then turning east to Settle through more rural delights — not a few classics gracing the forecourts of local eateries on the way — and back to Kelbrook, where there was “goody bag’ of mementos including Nigel’s lovely wooden cheeseboard and guides to the Trough. Of course, there were bacon and sausage baps and a warm drink to go with all the raffle prizes.
Thank you to the club members who so freely gave of their time and knowledge to make the day possible and to all our generous visitors whose enjoyment was our reward. We will be delighted to see you all again next year!