Club Run to the end of the road?

Just when it seemed that North Norfolk Wheelers’ club runs were again under threat, eleven riders congregated at the Itteringham pick-up point.

This was always going to be a difficult club run to keep together all day as the route was a particularly devious one through the intricate network of lanes that are such an attractive feature of the north-eastern corner of Norfolk. One objective was to test the ability of the Wheelers to override the automatic pilot on their bikes which directs them towards home at certain trigger points on the map. This was a generally successful exercise as eight out of eleven made it back to the intended split at Banningham.

The bunch took advantage of glorious warm autumn sunshine and dry roads to follow a route through Wolterton, Wickmere, Thurgarton, Hanworth, Thorpe Hamlet, Southrepps, Northrepps, Frogshall, Gimingham, Mundesley – (for refreshments), Bacton church, Edingthorpe Green, Pigney’s Wood, Little London, Swafield, Bradfield church, Antingham, Brick Kiln Lane, Suffield and Colby to the split in the bunch at Banningham church. The bunch of five heading back towards the coast had a chat with ex-Wheeler Mark Igoe’s son-in-law, who was pushing Mark’s young granddaughter in a buggy.

The riders out on this glorious day were Alban; Brian; Dave C; Geoff; Graham, Harvey; Ian S; Malcolm; Robin; Stephen B; Trevor.

The basic run from PC to PC was only 54 miles, but several did substantially more; the occidental contingent ending up with about 75 miles.

Two unauthorised deflations, although only one was through the tyre. The second one was a cross-threaded valve.

It remains to be seen whether traditional club runs* will survive. Today’s well-attended relatively short effort suggests that they might, although several of the stalwarts are ‘approaching the veteran stage’.

*Traditionally these were stamina-building collaborative team exercises, with a chance to see a bit of the country thrown in for good measure.