Seven students turned out at Market Cross to learn what grades had been assigned to them. Teacher announced “Right you four ‘young un’s’ , (Mark, Karl, Paul W & Chopper) will be in the A Team. The B grade team (Pug, Stephen & Sharrin) will follow”. No sooner had we set off when we were met with red lights. A voice called out “Hey Pug, didn’t you say you were in the B team” said Paul. Looking round at the “A team” gathered around me “oops” sprung to mind. My excuse was that no-one seemed willing to take the lead, so headed off first to set an example.
The “A team” were so pleased with their “results” they headed out through North Bar while the “B team” saw an opportunity to upgrade their “status” by taking a shortcut along Tiger Lane. As the “B team” pulled up to the York Road junction, we saw the “A team” in the distance, so waited for them to pass before both teams headed over the Westwood to Manor House.
Waiting patiently for us all to arrive was Matty. After discussing the “results” and how it would effect the rest of our day, the “teams” were juggled with Matty joining the “A Team” and Pugwash getting an “upgrade” while Mark was “downgraded” to the “B Team” who were taking the express route directly home without stopping.
The two teams set off towards North Newbald. Despite the adverse wind we made good progress through South Newbald to Hotham. On reaching the Cliffe Road, we formed a “chain gang” as we headed to Market Weighton. An option of a slightly longer route presented itself as we approached North Cliffe but the thrill of the “run in” and the threatened rain showers kept us focused on the more direct route.
When we finally rolled into Market Weighton, I’m sure there were a few sighs of relief that the A* effort was at an end. A more leisurely pace ensued thereafter as we wound our way to Goodmanham and the Fiddle Drill cafe.
Shortly after placing our orders at the cafe, the B Team arrived. Mark tried hard to convince us they’d taken the longer route but nobody was “taking the bait” 🎣 While we enjoyed our refreshments the B Team continued home. The slightly longer proposed route home via Lund was rejected in favour of our usual return by Holme-on-the-Wolds. With the wind now generally in our favour, we made swift progress before turning south to Dalton, Etton and home.
This was a shorter ride compared to our normal Sunday club runs but was none the less enjoyable. The predicted rain did not materialise (until much later) and we could have taken a longer route but that’s the trouble with computer “predictions”, they tend to use “ah’ll go rhythms”. They have all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order and if the “results” turn out to be “wrong” the “boffins” can the blame “ah’ll go rhythms”.