One cold misty Sunday 4th October 2015 morning, team JGS4x4 met at 5am for the trip to Hook Road Arena to book in at the start of the 2015 London to Brighton run.
James and Anna were taking the opportunity to test out the Discovery 3’s heated seats, with young Thomas keeping them in order and Pepper spread out in the spacious boot. No such luxury in the Tomcat but then horses for courses.
Quick refueling and toilet break at the motorway services (some of the team needed to remove evidence of the amount of Jaffa cakes and Oreos consumed already) near to our first destination, where we met some very enthusiastic students who came over to see us and the vehicles.
We arrived in time for book in, attach the plaque and enjoy a quick bacon sandwich. Crowds gathered around to see the Tomcat, all in JGS livery and the Discovery 3 as well.
Under the guidance of the Marshalls we started to line up ready for the off. I wasleading our convoydriving the tomcat with David my co driver that I’m using for the Mac4x4 challenge next year. James, Anna and Thomas were behind in the D3. First roundabout navigated and I ask my co driver which way his reply “don’t know follow him!” ever get that feeling it’s going to be a long day!!!!
With the booklet out of the goody bag and open on the direction page on David’s lap we were in good stead to get to Brighton Sea Front. Radio communications were flowing with some good banter, other motorists showing their appreciation with nods and smiles even photographs. We even had other Land Rovers pulling up alongside to take a photo.
Arriving at the roundabout at the start of Madiera Drive I shouldn’t laugh but it was hard not too, the poor cyclist and runner that were minding their own business both took an interest in us and both were headed for each other the inevitable happened. Both were fine but funny all the same.
We parked up to take a wander among all the others that had made the run. The furthest was a family from Scotland well done Zippy. Stands to see and things going on to entertain. JGS’s Anna entered “The Dog that most looks like the owner” or was it the other way round? Results relied on clapping for the winner, so naturally I gave it my loudest clap. They won and I think you may agree they do have very similar looks.
After our fill of fish and chips for lunch and stone skimming on the beach the day was drawing to an end, but the fun continued. Eye spy was played on the trip back to Northamptonshire with top points going to the teams youngest. Thomas was cunning with his “W”you’re probably now all shouting out “wing mirror”
Thanks to The South London and Surry Land Rover Club for their work marshaling and setting the event up.
Maybe we will see you on next year’s run. Keep your eyes open.
If you can’t wait till next year to see us, JGS aren’t just mail order you can call in for your parts too and meet the team too.
Anna would like me to point out she likes Rugby players and Jaffa cakes, not necessarily in that order!!!