The Cheese Run is organised to coincide with the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Club’s annual ‘Drive it Day’ where owners of classic vehicles are encouraged to take to the road. In 2011 we raised just over £960.00 for charity plus a further £100.00 was donated at New Lodge Farm by the general public.
In the early 1700’s the housekeeper at Quenby Hall, near Hungarton, Leicestershire used to make blue cheese. Her daughter married the inn keeper of The Bell Inn at Stilton and she used to regularly take some of the cheese to her in-laws at the Inn.
The Bell Inn began to sell the cheese to hungry travellers journeying by coach and horses along the Great North Road from London to York and thus began the 300 year association.
The original route of 39 miles was by horse drawn carriage stopping off to make deliveries of cheeses at the various villages and towns along the route including Billesdon, Skeffington, East Norton, Allexton, Wardley, Uppingham, Seaton, Harringworth, Bulwick (where they changed horses at New Lodge Farm), Southwick, Oundle and Lutton. This was one of the longest commercial carriage rides until the new fangled internal combustion engined vans and lorries took over as the main mode of commercial road transport.
Due to the popularity of the event only prior booked entries can be accepted.
UPDATE - sadly Jim Barry, the event organiser and fundraiser, died in his sleep on Tuesday 8th May 2018. Be assured that the run will continue to take place in future years.
UPDATE - unfortunately the news gets worse, message from Joy Barry -
"it is with regret that I will not be able to continue the running of the Stilton Cheese Run for 2019. I have a battle with a serious illness over the next few months and will be unable to tackle the paperwork involved with the event".
CRANMOG (the Morgan Car Club based around Cranfield in Bedfordshire) have kindly agreed to take on the running of the event for the near future. Please send your event application forms to: Mr Paul Roblett, 166 Lower Shelton Road, Marston Moretaine, Beds MK43 0LS.
Entry forms for the 2019 run will be updated in the next couple of weeks.