Peaks to Lakes Run September 2019

 Cat and fiddle, Peak District

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View from Wrynose Pass, Lake District

 

 

(The MG Car Club have refused me permission to use the club logo, however members are welcome to join in)

The Peaks to Lakes Weekend Run will be 6th-8th September 2019.

The event follows the hugely successful Coast-to-Coast run in 2018.

The Coast-to-Coast received accolades such as this:

Dear Lynne & Norman

What a fantastic two days we’ve had. Huge thanks to you both for a wonderfully organised & hugely successful adventure. We’ve never done a trip like this & from accounts of others we’ve started with the very best.

You thought of every detail: the course notes were easy to follow, the Midland & the Banquet superb, every stop well organised & welcoming. We saw some wonderful cars & enjoyed chatting to their owners - so many great, friendly, cheery people. The route took us on so many amazing, hidden roads through beautiful countryside & villages.

Thank you again & we look forward to more details about the next plan

Ben & Ali Fuller

 

The event is limited to 200 people. Contact: norman@frenchbblat.com for entry form

Hotels are blocked book at reduced prices, lunches and tea stops arranged as well as banquets for each night.

The trip includes a surprise visit to a Lake District attraction.

The cost of the trip is £35 payable in May. At least £20 of that will go towards one of the meals. It is planned to get sponsorship money from the hotels and if we do the subsidy can rise to £25. This is a strictly not-for-profit event.

The full itinerary is:

 This event is organised and run by myself, and the clubs, all of which I am a member have no involvement in the organising.

Below are all the details for next year’s Peaks to Lakes run. I’ve still got a few loose ends to sort out, but the final details should not differ greatly.

I’ve attached the details of the hotels and pubs. If you want to book one or more hotels I would strongly advise you to do so before our 60 reserved rooms are allocated. You must book and pay for the rooms yourself. However, I will collect the banqueting and lunch payments. The hotels are holding the rooms at these prices up to March. I will try and get that extended if required.

The Double Tree in Sheffield will take your card details and only charge a “penalty” if you do not honour your booking. Ask them what the penalty is. The Lancaster have agreed to reduce their normal £100 deposit to £50. I will email everyone with contact details next week after I’ve signed the contracts.

The entry fee is £35. I expect this trip to be oversubscribed. The trip is limited to 200 people solely because the pubs and café’s will not cope with more, even over a 2 hour period. After the first 200 have registered and paid, everyone else will go on a reserve list in case anyone drops out.

I will deduct the route binder and printing costs, the block booking price of £6 (normally £8) for the, for now, secret Lake District attraction we will visit and the event plaque (professionally printed). I will also attempt to get sponsorship from the hotels and pubs, which will depend on how much we spend with them. The target is to be able to subsidise one of the evening meals for £25 leaving a cost for the trip at £10 for expenses.

For this run I’ve arranged for most of the meals (lunches and teas) to be pre booked by payment to me and I will issue you a voucher to be exchanged at the pub/café. This will allow them to be prepared and serve you quicker and to know how many are calling in. It gives you the choice of stopping for the meal or not. The vouchers are A5 size and will be in a special wallet at the rear of the route book in order of use. Each route book will have your name on it.

I think it’s essential to have the three banquets (Friday in Sheffield, Saturday and Sunday in Lancaster) because after the driving you won’t want to be looking for somewhere to eat - the hotel restaurants will not cater for the numbers. Also, many who didn’t come to the C2C banquets have emailed me to say they were sorry they didn’t attend from reports they’ve heard from those that did. The banquets were special, all those MG people sitting down to dinner. With this in mind, I’ve arranged the two lunches to be finger buffets and asked the relevant chefs to add “Lightweight” options to the menus. I’ve also worked hard to keep the prices to a minimum. I need minimum numbers to commit for these dinners.

The itinerary is:

Friday night 6th September banquet at Sheffield Hotel. (Optional)

                        (cost is £24 and pay me in advance)

Saturday 7th September start between 08:00 and 10:00.

                        (Bacon butties will be available for those not staying at the hotel)

Saturday tea stop will be at Teggs Nose Cafe on the Cat and Fiddle

                        (The cost is TBA but it will be pay me and get a voucher)

Saturday Lunch is a finger buffet at the Dog & partridge.

                        (The cost will be £12 and you need to pay me in advance if wanted.)

Saturday afternoon we join the M67/M60/M61/M6 to Lancaster.

                         (only way to cross the country in time)

Saturday afternoon tea stop will be at the services on the M61

                        (Burger King, Subway & Starbucks)

Saturday evening, we have a banquet at the Lancaster Hotel, Morecambe

                         (included in room rate- non-residents pay me £40 per person)

Sunday 8th September start between 08:00 and 10:00 from Lancaster Hotel

                      (Bacon butties will be available for those not staying at the hotel)

Sunday morning tea is to be arranged but will probably be near Windermere.

Sunday Lunch will be at the Wassdale Head Hotel.

                        (The cost will be £12 and you need to pay me in advance if wanted.)

Sunday afternoon we will visit a secret Lakes venue and have afternoon tea

                  (the venue is paid, you pay as you eat at the café)

Sunday night there will be a banquet at the Lancaster Hotel

                    (included in room rate- non-residents pay me £40 per person)

Monday morning those that stayed can have breakfast and go home

 Both finger buffet prices include tea and coffee on a serve yourself basis.

 

Payment schedule:

I have had to pay the Double Tree a £300 deposit and Lancaster £500 deposit to secure their function rooms. On the C2C I asked for a £6 per head payment to cover this. However, it made a lot of work and there was some confusion so for the Peaks to Lakes I’m having to ask for the £35 to be paid within 2 weeks of registration. I’ll email all those already registered about this change. All monies will be refunded for cancelations made before August 1st 2019.

5th June invitations to the banquet at Sheffield on the Friday night will be sent.

12th June invitations to the banquet at Lancaster on the Saturday night will be sent.

19th June invitations to the banquet at Lancaster on the Sunday night will be sent.

19th June invitations to the two lunches, the tea stops & the breakfast at the Double tree will be sent.

 

I will advise the total payments due if you wish to make one payment at the beginning of June.

I have to make payment for all the meals on 1st August. This is in order the caterers will know the numbers and commit the functions.

The starts will be over a slightly longer period than C2C. We will start at 0745 and the last car will go at 10. The start “sectors” will be twenty minutes each and I will allocate sectors according to the age of the car. However, if you wish to drive slower than normal speeds you can elect to go in the last two sectors, to not hold others up (but there will be a limit).

Book hotel rooms, if required, now, they will not be available for long.

Norman Verona aka “Email Norman”

Mob: 0741 9905 731

Ps, if you wonder why I’m called email Norman, you’ll find out soon. The Coasters last year have formed the collective noun for a group of emails as a “norman of emails”