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The total length of the route is approximately 2020 miles, and offers the chance of driving down every type of British road from single track lane to four lane motorway. Before the event all Crews are issued with a very detailed Road Book that shows the advised route to take, it must be pointed out that this route is just advisory, however it should be stated that the route does not always follow the shortest or fastest direction as triumph friendly roads are sometimes used. Crews are encouraged to transcribe the route into a GB road atlas before the start of the event, this makes navigation relatively easy. Of course, in these days of Satellite Navigation, many opt to just plug in the locations of the Controls into their navigational device and use their unit to guide them.
The Road Book is also used for a document to record that crews have visited the various pre-arranged Controls by CT Marshals.
The start of the run is from 'The Plough' public house at Crews Hill near the M25 at junction 25. The crews and cars leave at 18.00hrs to start the first leg of the drive up to Blyth Services in Nottinghamshire. The first road after the minor roads to Junction 25 of the M25 are the dual carriageway A10, this takes you up to Royston in Hertfordshire, from then we take the A505 and A1198 to then join the A14 just south of Huntingdon. From then its onto the A1(M) to head north towards Blyth Services just south east of Doncaster. At this point crews will have done about 140 miles and will hopefully getting into the feel of the event.
After a 10 minute breather, crews head off for the border with Scotland. This leg is always interesting as after the monotony of the A1, the roads of the A68 are started, this road offers sweeping curves and hills. By now traffic will have died down and one can start to drive the car, all slow in and fast out! The towns of West Auckland, Tow Law and Stocksfield are passed through as the drivers past through Durham and head out towards Northumberland and its national park. The A68 is a great road and during this section the only cars one will see in front are Triumphs, the glow of Lucas tail-lights being visible as cars climb up and down the hilly road.
The 2nd stop is reached at Carter Bar, this being a lay-by where a passage control is operated by Scottish CT members. It is a wild and windy place in October, the lay-by being located on a hill that gives one a great view of Scottish towns glowing in the distance. One does not get out of the car at Carter Bar, road books are signed and off one goes heading into the dark Scottish night. Next stop Edinburgh Airport, a location that could not be any the more different than a lay-by on the A68!
Crews reach Edinburgh Airport for about 1.25 on the Saturday morning, airports are weird when empty and the terminal building is ghostly quiet at this time of the day. Crews get 20 minutes to grab a coffee, chill out and think about the next sections of the route that culminate in a breakfast at John O'Groats.
So its onto the next stop which is at Skiach Services off the A9 near Inverness. The first roads encountered are the A8, M9, A8000 and the A90 over the Forth, when crossing this river one must remember to look over to the Forth Bridge, a structure that is just magnificent. Now one truely is in Scotland and as we are on the A9, the roads start to open up and legal speeds can be enjoyed. Skiach is found some 178 miles on from the Airport, this section being one of the longest on the event. Another short break can be enjoyed at Skiach, it must be said that the place is a bit dull, but no worries as it is 05.20 in the morning and its dark!
Now it is onto John O'Groats for breakfast, 2.5hrs away. This section is one of two halves, the first section along the A9 against the North Sea is great as the sun is rising and if the clouds are not out one gets the full intensity of the sunrise, hopefully shining against the oil rigs that can be seen. The sun has the timeless effect of waking up the soporific crews and gets the taste buds firing up for breakfast. Sadly the roads after Wick are not that great and the accompanying countryside is not that exciting. almost looking run down. At this point crews will have been on the road for 14 hours and should have driven 660 miles, was a breakfast ever more welcome!
Suitably re-freshed the crews start the second part of the Event and head onto roads that many believe are the highlight of the RBRR. The A836, B871, B873 and B836 are truely spectacular roads where one really enjoy the performance of their car whilst looking upon some of the wildest countryside the UK offers, fantastic stuff. Once past Lairg, crews will be driving through forests and moors, still on the A836, but then onto the B9176 where the roads starts to take a lofty view of the Highlands. The next Control which is due at 12.20 is the Conon Hotel at Conon Bridge, north west of Inverness. Crews get to enjoy a refreshing cuppa and a sandwich or two at this point, before getting back into the car for the next stint down to Stirling, some 77 miles away.
Unfortunately, Stirling seems to succumbed to the 21st century and one can see evidence of some of the worst aspects of the present day, McDonalds and retail parks being present, all washing away the beauty of Scotland. Arrival time at Morrison's garage is 16.45 and though at the mid-point of the route, crews still have England and Wales to get through before the finish some 25hrs away!
Right, the driving from now until more or less Wrexham is motorway or dual carriageway and its some 275 miles before crews drive single carriageway road! Crews can get a bit bored here, so it is important to rotate the driving amongst the crew members. There is a stop at Tebay Services on the M6, this being one of the few independently run in the UK, where a warm welcome is always given by the staff and CT Marshals.
Just past Wrexham, the 10th Control is reached at Gledrid Services and from then on till Bristol crews get to enjoy more excellent roads the A5, and the fantastic A483. Just before the end of this road at Llandovery crews will stop off at Sugar Loaf, this one being a Passage Control similar to the one visited some 24 hours previously at Carter Bar. This place reeks of rallying, having been used for the old RAC Rally of the 60s and 70s.
Right, a little bit more of Wales awaits the crews, as they wind their way down the A40 towards Monmouth and then onto A466 to Chepstow before crossing the Severn on the M48 back into England. This section from Wrexham to Chepstow offers exceptional roads and as one has been behind the wheel so long it is fair to assume that drivers are fully tuned into the car and able to exploit them to their maximum.
Another stop beckons at Gordano Services, one of the oldest RBRR Controls. Unfortunately, this place looks a bit drab at this time of the day, still it is a welcome break for the exhausted crews as they get to rest for 30 minutes. At this point the crews will have been driving for some 1430 miles, 32.75hrs in the car.
Next crews drive to the A30 Services near to Okehampton, a 95 mile drive. By now tiredness has now become a big factor, so the Controls for the last 12 hours of the event will come up a lot quicker, giving exhausted entrants the chance to get out from behind the wheel. After Okehampton, its onto Lands End for the Sunday morning breakfast and an hour breather. Breakfast over viewing the Atlantic Ocean, what a view to wake up the crews!
Then entrants get to enjoy probably the best section of road for the Sunday, the A30 and then the A39 through Wadebridge and Camelford before dropping down into Widemouth Bay and onto Bude for the 15th stop. Here at Bude, crews get a chance for tea and biscuits. Then away to Dartmoor for the 16th stop at Badgers Holt, passing along the A3072 and A3079, both terrific roads. After Badgers Holt it is off to Dorset for afternoon teas and cake at Pimperne, on the edge of Cranborne Chase. Total mileage is now at 1860 and it must be said that the crews look knackered!
Now the penultimate section from Pimperne to Didcot and a visit to the TR Register's offices that are shadowed by the cooling towers that can be seen for miles and miles. After maybe another quick cuppa, its onto the M40 and the M25 back to the location of the finish at Crews Hill, some 48 hours after leaving there on the Friday night!
So there you have it the RBRR route, 2020 miles of every type of road that can be experienced within the UK, who said driving is boring!
The Club Triumph Round Britain Reliability Run, it should be on the National Health as an antidote for anyone who is tired of driving! 2000 miles in 48 hours in a car of maybe 30 years age- no problem!
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