Ulster Pre-War Austin Club
OMAGH CHARITY RUN
28th JULY 2012 REPORT
cars and nearly 50 people attended the Omagh Charity Run on Saturday 28th
July. This is a unique event as the ladies do all the catering and it is based
at our member Des Ballantine’s museum.
started arriving from 10.00am and everyone was treated to tea, sandwiches and
tray bakes. After we all had a good browse around the museum we left for our
road run just after 11.30am, travelling across country on those small quiet
country roads in the general direction of the Clogher valley, experiencing
some lovely views of Knockmany Forest, eventually arriving at our refreshment
stop, Fardross Caravan site, just off the Clogher Fivemiletown road. Here we
were treated to Tea/Coffee and a freshly baked scone. Some people even managed
to get more than one, such was the kindness of our hosts, Neil and Sandra
Somerville. Many thanks to them for how well we were treated. They even had
organised someone to help park the cars.
refreshed and having enjoyed a good bit of banter we headed off again along a
beautiful scenic route past Fardross Forest, getting to within a few 100 yards
of County Monaghan. After passing Lough More we stopped at St Patrick’s well
and chair set in Altadaven Forest. This magnificent chair and well is carved
from stone. Reputably built for St. Patrick on his journey through the Clogher
Valley, the site attracts visitors throughout the year. The attraction is
reputed to have mystical powers. Godfrey’s route instructions
had said it was only 150 yards walk through the forest to this, so we all set
off to follow him. It was a lovely path right down into the valley and up the
steps, eventually 350 yards later arriving at the well and chair. Maybe the
club should consider buying him a tape measure for Christmas !! It was well
worth the walk and we all really enjoyed seeing this and hopefully with the
passing of time Godfrey will be forgiven for being economical with the truth
regards the distance.
managed to make it back to the cars and we set off again in the direction of
Augher where Des’s car refused to pass the ice cream sign without stopping.
By now the sun was shining so a lot more gossiping took place in the main
street. Back on the move again we were now on the homeward journey travelling
over Tullanafoile Hill where we could see for miles looking over Seskinore,
eventually arriving back at our base at 4.30pm for a beautiful chicken salad
with all the trimmings, apple tart and massive helpings of ice cream followed
by tea and tray bakes.
thanks must go to Ella and Anna who stayed at our base to help prepare all of
this and to Alan Brown who helped them out. Once again thank you to Vincent
Howe who brought his classic ice cream van and supplied as much ice cream as
we could all eat. Also thanks to his wife Ann who owns Culmore diner in Omagh
for supplying all the Potato Salad and Coleslaw. Special thanks to all the
other ladies who helped out on Friday night and on Saturday and to those who
most of us eating too much we had our raffle and it was great to see the
generosity in the support for this with the real winner on the day being our
2012 chosen Charity - PRAXIS CARE. Thanks to all who brought prizes and to
those who couldn’t attend but sent donations. The whole event raised over £1,100.
All in the UPWAC deserve to feel rightly proud at this achievement. We may be
doing it a different way but it looks like we will still achieve the same
the biggest thanks must go to Des Ballantine who for the 7th year
provided us with a fantastic base and put a lot of work into getting
everything ready for this event.