With Martin and the A-Team away in Norfolk, we thought we’d form a B-Team and do a local run.
So it was that Tom, Vernon, Ric, Brian and, confusingly, another Brian, gathered at Brummie Brian’s house in Great Shelford, where his missus, Brummie Pam, kindly provided coffee and biscuits.
It was a chilly morning so, to warm ourselves up, we set off at a cracking pace along the cycle path towards Addenbrookes and then up the hill to Fulbourn, continuing on through the Wilbrahams, Bottisham and Lode before stopping for coffee at Anglesey Abbey.
After the break we continued on to Fen Ditton, Horningsea, Waterbeach, Landbeach and Milton, where we turned southwards on the riverside path along the Cam to Cambridge.
Pulling up for lunch at the Green Dragon in Chesterton, our curiosity was piqued by the £5.99 two course meal deal. Our new member – let’s call him Yorkshire Brian – wisely decided to stick with beer and crisps while the rest of us plumbed for the too-good-to-be-true offer. Haut cuisine? Er, no. But in calories per penny – it was truly unbeatable value.
The final leg saw us winding our way along the riverside and through the back streets of Cambridge to the railway station, from where we followed the guided bus path back to Shelford.
All in all, we clocked up a very respectable 33 miles.
We hope Yorkshire Brian joins us on future outings – and we promise him a better lunch next time.