Land's End to Ness Point, midsummers evening 2019

Land's End to Ness Point, midsummers evening 2019

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Kiribati268

462 posts

99 months

Wednesday 17th June 2020
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blaineuk said:
We did it last year, but and didn’t have a hotel, iit was just too much, 1000 miles in less than 24hours, never again.
I've done it 3 times and never used a hotel. Manchester > Lands end > Lowestoft > Manchester. It's about 1050 miles off the top of my head.

The drive down and the run is alright, but that drive back from Lowestoft is a massive drag.

I still have nightmares from a couple of years ago me and my mate trying not to fall asleep in a maccies god knows where in Lincolnshire while pouring coffee down our necks at about 5.30am. At that point we would probably struggle to know what year it was!

The flatness of the east, grey dawn, no traffic, and being awake for 20 hours and 800 miles under my belt did not make for very alert driving.

Other than that it's a brilliant run, good fun. The timings are very easy and even with no planning and a fuel stop arriving at 4am is easy, especially now as I believe the overnight closure of the M3 has finished. I've been thinking of extra ways to make it more challenging, doing it on a motorbike, or see what is the slowest car that can manage it. The former is definitely a no-go without a hotel.

If you've not done it before it's a good laugh (especially if there's lots of people doing it), and a wonderful way of spending a summer evening.

Bluesgirl

534 posts

53 months

Saturday 20th June 2020
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I second the above - I did it 3 years ago in the Porsche and it was a fantastic drive and the timing was doable, even with no planning at all! To anyone who's doing it tonight, good luck and don't get caught! driving

No ideas for a name

888 posts

48 months

Saturday 20th June 2020
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I won't be there this year, but did it a couple of years ago. Still good memories of that night.

I have to say, I found the timing 'tight'. I had my good lady with me and wasn't prepared to go mad. We lost time at the start, with slow drivers and road works, but once at Penzance we were away. Still made it - again thanks to Dave the motorcycle out-rider on the run in to Lowestoft!

Go the 'proper' route along the A303.

Take care and good luck.

cycysputnik

5 posts

11 months

Monday 30th November 2020
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I did it 3 weeks after the longest day (once the hotels were allowed to reopen). I stuck to the sunset/rise times that they would have been on 21st june. I did it with 3 minutes to spare. I'm looking at doing it again in 2021, COVID permitting.

Kiribati268

462 posts

99 months

Saturday 12th December 2020
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cycysputnik said:
I did it 3 weeks after the longest day (once the hotels were allowed to reopen). I stuck to the sunset/rise times that they would have been on 21st june. I did it with 3 minutes to spare. I'm looking at doing it again in 2021, COVID permitting.
Nice one. Props for doing it on your own too. Having others doing it too is a massive boost.

I'm tempted to make a return to this next year, just for the hell of it, because why not?

cycysputnik

5 posts

11 months

Wednesday 20th January
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I've talked my cousin into coming this year. Hotel is booked. Doing it 20th into the 21st. Can't really work out what night your supposed to do it, so I went for being able to watch the sunrise on the longest day