Thanks first to Steve and Tina for recommending the "Running Mare" pub as a brunch location. Gwyn and I thoroughly enjoyed the food, plus the service and ambiance was great. We would be very happy to use this location again in the future.
Unfortunately Clive and Lisa couldn't make it, but lovely to see Aston and Crissy, who brought Ray's (Harrizone's) RX-8 along.
After brunch, we had a pretty good 45 minute run to Maldon on a mix of B roads and country lanes. Some nice twisty sections, and some arrow straight roads too.
Once at Promenade Park in Maldon, we hit a snag. The car parks (all 3 of them) were FULL! Nothing like the situation when Gwyn and I visited during the week, when they were all virtually empty. There were some football matches and a military vehicle display taking place, drawing in the crowds. Luckily, we did eventually manage to park up, then took a stroll along the river to where the Thames barges were parked up.
It was lovely to see everyone and catch up with news.
We stopped along the way for a photo alongside the Hanningfield Reservoir:
This is a picture of the Thames Barges at Maldon, taken on the Recce run, when the river was at high tide and with a blue sky. Sadly, the river was low and little blue sky to be seen yesterday! At least it was dry and reasonably mild.
Steve and Tina have another brunch venue in mind for the next Essex meet, adjacent to the Hanningfield reservoir. The venue is currently being refurbished but is due to re-open in the next few weeks. Details TBC, once Steve has heard back from the venue management about re-opening date.
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