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Corinium Run 2018

Sunday 15th April 2018

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No sooner had the Corinium Run Committee met for its first Meeting in November 2017, than thoughts had turned to the 15th Corinium Run for 2018 and concerns raised over whether the huge response for entries, and the speed of them, for 2017 had merely been a fluke. As time pressed on towards entries opening on February, thoughts also turned to how to mark a successful milestone, and who could be awarded the prestigious prize of having completed every Corinium Run since 2004.

The morning of the 15th April 2018, dawned dry and reasonably bright and the Committee once again assembled at Cirencester’s Corinium Stadium awaiting a full entry of 70 cars, plus the all important six travelling marshals, for a day of exploring the hidden roads of the Cotswolds.

Of the 70 cars, many regular names appeared along with a large percentage of ‘newbies’ to the Coirnium Run. Home towns represented everything from Crewe, to Kidderminster and Milton Keynes to Severnoaks with cars ranging from 1931 to 2016. Of the many regular entrants, sadly none could claim to having completed every run; but Martin Saunders and Sam Field, Pam and Jeremy Wells, David and Doreen Richards and Geoff Debby of the organising committee could all rightly claim this prestigious award - testament to the age volume of work all had undertaken to ensure each of the 15 events was a success.

Sadly, it was a day for car mechanicals right from first thing, with 5 non-starters in total. One of these was Paul Richardson whose Triumph TR4A had suffered suspected Head Gasket failure and his only other car, a Triumph TR3A, was also off the road due to a suspension rebuild. Sadly, this number would also increase as the day went on ...

After the formalities of singing on and the consumption of breakfast roles had been undertaken a reverse in the running order of the cars, with the newest starting first, meant 9:31 saw the departure of Jim and Jo Porter in their 2016 Mazda MX5, following an official ‘flagging-off’ by long-time C.C.C supporter, Bunny Lees-Smith.

The first part of the route at 25.8 miles could be considered an easier start, using many regular roads of previous Corinium Runs. Sampling the delights of villages such as Quenington, Hatherop and Coln Rogers, the road book descriptions of the villages passed ensured navigators were kept busy on both the directional and education front.

The first halt of the day was also a familiar to entrants from the 2017 Run. The Classic Motor Hub at Bibury specialises in the buying and selling of the finest classic and vintage vehicles inside an old WW2 hanger, though despite a combined wealth of entrants, no cheques were seen to have been handed over for the purchase of any cars on this particular occasion.

One crew unfortunate enough not to reach the Motor Hub, was Alistair Caie and daughter Jenni in their Triumph TR7. Unfortunately, front brake failure had meant a repeat of the journey home of 2017 for Alistair on a recovery truck, ‘I’m not coming to break down for a third year’, he was heard to say in regards to a question relating to his attendance for 2019!

The second part of the Run took crews on a 30-mile trip to the lunch halt at the Cotswold Food Store, during which time the areas of Bourton-on-the-Water, The Rissingtons, The Slaughters and other northern parts of the Cotswolds were explored with many more chocolate box cottages and idyllic villages to help give the best presentation of the area.

Assembling on the field adjacent to the Food Store, sadly the weather had turned to showers by the time crews were departing onto more familiar roads through the likes of Temple Guting and Guting Power. The ford at Kineton gave participants an opportunity to soak their wheels, with many impressive photographs being taken by the event photographer, Bryn Williams. His ‘prize’ went to Howard Dent and navigating motorsport-legend Stuart Turner in Howard’s 1937 Chevrolet Coupe, which looked more suited to Dakar than Daglingworth!

Thirty miles later, crews were descending down to the Old Prison at Northleach, expecting to visit the Cotswold Lion Cafe for a final comfort break before the finish. Sadly, a sudden closure due to staff illness meant marshal Chris Berets spent his time in a rainy car park negotiating crews to press on to undertake the final section of the Run.

Sadly, by this point, a further handful of cars had decided to head for home owing to various mechanical issues and the author of this report; who was also a Sponsor, Publicity Officer and Committee Member for the Run, also ended his Tour early with mechanical issues at the Old Prison. A snapped clutch adjustment rod meant a two hour wait for an AA man before a quick sprint back along the A429 to the finish with a temporary, yet successful bodge, to still claim a well-deserved end of event meal ...

Meanwhile, with the heavens now open, and roofs all closed, crews tackled the final, and longest, 34 mile section to the Burford Road Services where cars would be refuelled to see who had achieved their estimated MPG. For those local to the Cotswolds, familiar roads included those around Yanworth, Chedworth and Winstone. The ford at Dunstibourne Leer once again provided an enjoyable opportunity to ‘wet the wheels’ before crews reached the Burford Road garage where anything from 13 to 42 litres was needed to fill each of the cars back to maximum capacity.

A short drive back to the Corinium Stadium to conclude brought crews back to the finish where a meal and finishers certificate was awarded to those successful enough to have completed the 2018 CCC Corinium Run.

Special thanks got to Martin Saunders, the leading light of all the Coirnium Runs to date, in addition to the small team of volunteers who help put on such an enjoyable event for over 150 people.

The Corinium Run we’re told will be back for a 16th year in 2018 in one form or another. Will it be the same or greatly different…only time will tell ...
Ben Amor


Cirencester Car Club Corinium Run 2004 saw Cirencester Car Club Ltd promote its first Touring Assembly and Economy Run. The event was very well received by participants who enjoyed a scenic tour through many of the traffic-free roads that are to be found in the Cotswolds, once clear of the main highways. In the intervening years, the Corinium Run has grown to become one of the most popular events in the Scenic Tours calendar; a prompt entry is advised to avoid possible disappointment.

Starting and finishing near Cirencester, the run takes in the pretty villages and the dry-stone walled majesty of the Cotswolds as it covers approximately 120 miles on a tulip roadbook. Normally split into several sections, with route checks and a lunch halt, opportunity to stop and pose for photographs or stop for a picnic.

The Economy Run part of the event is only for fun and not compulsory, should you wish to take part we as ask participants to nominate the economy figure that they expect to achieve, we then calculate the deviation from this target but we add in MPG and Pence per mile.

Petrol or Diesel powered cars of any age can enter the Run.

There are printed photo certificates for finishers and at the end there will be a two course buffet style meal in line with similar HRCR events.

Martin Saunders and Jeremy Wells
For more information please contact Martin Saunders, quoting ‘Corinium Run’ by email: corinium.entries@gmail.com.