Two Important Dates (reminder)

AGM 2017 – Wednesday 11th January 2017
This year’s AGM will be held at the Sheringham Community Centre, Holway Road (opposite Childs Way) Sheringham NR26 8NP, on Wednesday 11th January 2017 at 19:30.  We hope you can join us that evening to review 2016 and talk about how we see the future for our club. If there are any particular issues that you would like raised please drop me an email (nigw@btinternet.com) and I will include these on the Agenda.
Annual Awards Dinner – Saturday 21st January 2017
 
This year’s annual awards dinner will be held at The Links Country Park Hotel in West Runton, NR27 9QH on Saturday 21st January 2017 at 19:00. All are welcome – first and second claim members and their partners and any ‘friends’ of the club (e.g. people who have time trialled with us or joined us on our club rides who are not yet members). We have the usual function room at The Links this year so we will have more room to socialise than last year. I will also try to persuade them to put on a barrel of proper beer for us! Checkout the festive menu at http://www.links-hotel.co.uk/events/festive-christmas-menu/ and drop me an email (nigw@btinternet.com) with your selection as the hotel needs the orders in advance (I will keep these to remind you what you chose!). Could you also send me £22.95 per head by cheque (made payable to Nigel Walsh with your name on the back) to 9 Seacliff, Sheringham NR26 8BS, or ask for my account details when you email me your order and send the money by EBACS.
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28th Dec. Club Run Cancelled

Given the heavy frost and patchy mist, to-day’s run has been cancelled on safety grounds.  See you all next week.

John S

Club Run to The Chequers Inn, Binham. 21st December (ho ho ho!). Leader, John Sharples.

Five go for a Bike Ride

Not really great conditions for a bike run – grey skies, blustery wind, a tad on the chilly side.  Still, five of us were up for it.  Off we set at our usual time to follow a conventional route, with Baconsthorpe coming up first.  Here a loop via Plumstead was taken out given the pesky wind and its direction.  But, it was the winter solstice 14 mins after we set off and from this time, with winter on the ebb and summer just round the corner, things looked better!

As we approached Binham, having taken in Stody and Hindringham, a pretty loop was put in at Andrew’s suggestion, which recovered the miles lost at Baconsthorpe.  The Chequers has become a really nice place to go in the recent past, and this visit was no exception.  A busy bar with early revellers, a cosy fire and welcoming staff – very nice.

A short route for the return was opted for – well, it was the shortest day of the year!  The troublesome wind that had impeded us on the outward journey had abated, reaffirming the soundness of the law of Mr Sod!

A nice but short run in good company.  Rule one rules – “Always Go”!

5 out.  34 miles PC to PC.  1 puncture (better tyres needed!)

Club Run to The Staithe & Willow Tea Rooms, Horning. 14th December 2016. Leader, John Dimascio.

Words by Andrew Chapman.

Seven riders met at PC on a very misty murky morning although several claimed to have had sightings of the Sun earlier.  And in prospect, a new venue under the guidance of John Dimascio.

Off we set via Gresham, Sustead, Hanworth and Suffield.  All familiar so far, then less familiar via Felmingham, Westwick, Sloley and Neatishead.

By this time I felt like a member of that short statured tribe whose home is in grasslands taller than themselves and who go round shouting “where are we!!”

We arrived at our destination and were joined there by two more riders.  Sadly one member felt the need not to go in due to socially unacceptable state of his leggings caused by the earlier loss of his rear mudguard!!  Inside the cafe we were promptly served with good value, delicious food by a charming waitress.

Declining daylight led to an earlier than usual return to the saddle.  The return journey was via Belaugh Green, then St. James, on to Baderfield and then the usual trip back to PC.   We regularly shed riders with finally two returning to PC.

An excellent ride on many new lanes to a new destination to which we hope to return – perhaps in the spring with lighter evenings.

Thanks John, my bike computer clocked just under 50 miles PC to PC.

Club Run to The Queen’s Head, Foulsham. 7th December 2016. Leader, Kevin Hornshaw.

A flurry of, “sorry can’t make it” e-mails before to-day’s ride indicated that we would be small in number for the ride to Foulsham.  In fact, only two met at PC.  Off we set, only to meet Malcolm coming to the start point – and then we were three!  Kevin warned us that it would be a long ride out and a short, direct trip back to PC.  It was Itteringham and then Swanington before crossing the A1067 at Attlebridge.  We were now well south of Foulsham and some nine miles to the east.  But what a lovely set of lanes (some new) to take us to the lunch stop via Foxley and Themelthorpe.  Trevor was waiting for us at the pub – fixing a puncture.

It was just under 30 miles to lunch which was a bit slow in coming.  Time to think about making it home in the light!

Kevin was true to his word with a straightforward route back to PC via Briston.

It was really good to see Malcolm out for a long run – he did really well so we signed him off!

Conditions were good for cycling with a headwind on the outward journey and a tailwind on the return.  A watery, winter sun hung in the sky which presented a glorious pre- sunset vista as we approached Red Barn Lane.

Thanks for a super ride, Kevin – one you may be asked to repeat.

46.3 miles PC to PC.  4 out. 2 punctures.

 

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