Saturday, July 21 – Samlesbury CTC Run

I have neglected the club lately, so I decided to attend today’s run.  I was at the rendezvous – the Three Pigeons Inn – at 2.30pm where I found a big bunch of clubmates already waiting.  Soon there was a party of about 25, and we started up the long hill towards Belmont.  Through the village and over the moors to Withnell we sped, turning right near Hoghton to Feniscowles.  A sharp left brought us over the bridge and past Pleasington Priory, over the railway bridge and along a winding road.  Then up an unrideable hill and soon we touched the outskirts of Blackburn, turning again along the Blackburn-Preston road through Mellor Brook to Salmesbury.

After tea a ball was produced and several of us had a good game until we were reduced to greasy spots.  Two of us started back together, and after helping some girls with a puncture, reached Walton le Dale.  At Bamber Bridge we branched off towards Wigan, and, running past the fine gates of Cuerden Hall, we reached Euxton where we turned left uphill to Chorley.  The rest of the way is too well known to write about.                               58 miles, 8.5 hours

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