Club Run to Jules Country Kitchen at Alby 22 November 2017

Words by today’s ride leader John Dimascio.

6 riders assembled at PC and were off on the stroke of 10:29 – only to be joined a hundred yards down the road by a seventh. This was a day when the actual and predicted weather conditions would dictate the route and distance. All agreed that with 40+ mph winds promised for early afternoon, lunch should be taken earlier rather than later to give the riders a chance of getting back to PC before the worst of the weather.

An astute analysis of the wind direction that was forecast the evening before led our leader to choose a route that used some of the more sheltered lanes – all downhill as well of course.

So we set off to Gresham church and then through Sustead to Hanworth where a particularly impatient driver tried giving Alan a mudbath. It was then on to cross the A140 and the A149 to the site of the old Suffield Arms and a right turn to Antingham.

The next 4 miles were almost due South – the direction from which the “Fresh Breeze” was coming. Francis Beaufort thus names a wind speed of 19 – 24 mph and describes it as “small trees in leaf begin to sway; crested wavelets form on inland waters”. We didn’t notice!

At last we turned out of the headwind and after a few hundred yards on the Trans-Norfolk Highway we headed past Colby school to Church Lane and Long Lane and took a delightfully muddy lane (sorry Malcolm!) back to the A140 and Jules Country Cafe.

Lunch was ordered – with two of us ordering – and finishing “The Big Un” which is how Jules describes her large sized breakfast. The food here is ample and well-priced; some say too ample. Chris joined us here and after a conversation on topics ranging from Tug of War to Power of Attorney (maybe related!) the riders departed in several directions – some to be blown towards Sheringham, others to battle a few more miles in the Aylsham direction.

Thanks everyone for a good ride – the upside of the windy conditions was that there was at least some welcome sunshine.

PC to Jules Cafe = 19 miles; 1 impatient MPV driver; 1 unpredictable white van man; No punctures on the outward route.

Roll Call – Alan, Chris, JohnD, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Robin, Trevor

“Runners run because they like running, cyclists cycle because they like cake!

Wheelers Club Ride - 22nd November

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Club Run to All Things Nice at Cawston 15 November 2017

It may seem strange to begin at lunchtime! Malcolm, who was not able to make the start from PC, waited for the group to arrive but as they had not appeared by 12.45 decided that he should order some food. Having enjoyed both a mud free ride to the café and a good lunch he didn’t mind the prospect of a lone run in the afternoon but then just as he was about to collect his bike the bunch arrived, mud splattered and hungry!!

Alan’s well planned runs often involve a longish pre lunch leg followed by a shorter route back to PC; and so it was today, 31 miles to the café.

Five met at PC and headed to Briston by way of Baconsthorpe and Edgefield. Southwards and then westwards to Hindolveston and Fulmodeston. A left turn at the crossroads took the group in the direction of Stibbard, John S suffering 2 rear punctures (one thorn one very sharp stone) en route which accounted for the later than planned arrival at the café. Undaunted by this experience (a lesser man would have crumpled under the pressure) John and his fellow Wheelers continued via Wood Norton, Foulsham, Themelthorpe and Reepham to follow the road past Booton Hall and then a left turn just after the Booton Clay Pits (now used and looked after by the Cawston Fishing Club) up into Cawston.

Around the table conversation was as lively as ever and ranged from who was going to the Wheelers social in January to Robin’s adventures, not to mention grunts and groans, with the much feared Cawston Tug of War team – not sure which era – we didn’t ask!

We left together as a group of 6 and followed the straight route to Oulton Street at which point Malcolm, Robin and Trevor headed off towards Aylsham and home (eventually) while the remainder continued on a similarly straight course via Itteringham and Little Barningham back to PC.

Thank you to Alan for leading today’s ride.

Alan, John S, Kevin, Robin, Trevor and Malcolm (clean bike) at the café.

43 miles PC to PC

A Message from Robin Rush MBE

I would like to thank members of the North Norfolk Wheelers for sponsoring me doing a 300k cycle ride over 2 days.

Raising funds for WHEELPOWER for children playing sport, who are confined to wheel chairs.

This will give an introduction to over 70 Norfolk young adults to lead healthier, active and more fulfilling lives.

Thank you again, I shall shortly be presenting a cheque to WHEELPOWER for over £8000.

**NN Wheelers Meal, Social and Awards evening 27th January**

The event you have all been waiting for….

Our annual meal/social/awards event will be on Saturday 27th January at Upper Sheringham Village Hall. Please make every effort to attend for an informal buffet, drinks and social.  Prize quiz and club trophies. All club members 1st and 2nd claim, other clubs, family and friends welcome. £15 a head. Please email mike at brizamedia@hotmail.com to confirm numbers and any dietary requirements.  Will sort out payment nearer the time (or at the AGM).  Look forward to seeing you all there!

Club Run to The Corner Café at Mundesley 8 November 2017

The magnificent seven met at PC on a damp, cool and blustery morning; but all were suitably attired so looking forward to Malcolm’s ride to the always popular café at Mundesley.

As we headed due south towards Little Barningham Malcolm announced that we would take a left once there and then thought to himself that this link from Church Road to Wickmere Road is often rim deep in mud after rain. As it happened it wasn’t bad at all and indeed for the rest of today’s run road conditions were okay for the time of year. Those without full mudguards didn’t fare too well (neither did those who were behind them at any point!)

We wound our way through the lanes bisecting Wickmere and Wolterton eventually reaching Erpingham, past the recently closed “Arms”, and onward to Ingworth, Aylsham, Burgh, Skeyton, Swanton Abbott, Worstead, Briggate, Honing, Crostwight, Edingthorpe Street, Paston Green, Paston Street and finally Mundesley. Just under 31 miles before lunch and it was agreed that it had been a good ride. Just what you need for a good appetite.

CJ was there to meet us, sat alone at the 3 reserved tables, but the Wheelers being a sociable bunch (Cycling Weekly recently described us as a club who “exude affability and old school charm”) the banter was soon lively and we enjoyed the normal excellent service from The Corner Café staff before stepping out into the cooling breeze for the start of the return leg.

John S left us to more or less retrace our route back home and the remainder including CJ headed towards Trunch and Southrepps before a left turn to Lower Street, where we said goodbye to Robin.

Just before Gunton Station CJ left us and the remaining five continued to Thorpe Market and then Topshill Road to the A140, a slightly tricky dog leg crossing to Parrow Lane and along to Hanworth. Malcolm decided that his leader duties were done for the day and left Alan to lead the four back to Pretty Corner.

A good ride out, slightly tiring in the less than ideal conditions but at least no punctures or other mechanicals and bikes not too mucky!

Alan, Alban, Andrew, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Robin and CJ at the café.

46 miles PC to PC (and of course the extra for some to get to PC and home again)

Club Run to The Conservatory at Aylsham 1 November 2017

Nine met at PC for Trevor’s ride to Aylsham only to learn that unfortunately Trevor would not be with us as he was feeling under the weather.

So, Malcolm led the group towards Itteringham turning off to pass by Mannington Hall and then on to Saxthorpe and Corpusty where we hoped to find a bonfire stack on the Green opposite The Duke’s Head ready for the weekend festivities. Alas no, so unless it’s happening elsewhere they have a lot of work to do before Saturday night.

Onwards and upwards, literally, up Station Road into Heydon Road to….Heydon, then Salle before joining the B1145 to take us almost into Reepham. We took a left opposite the entrance to The Old Railway Station Café leading us to the Norwich Road which we followed for a mile or so before turning left into the lanes once again and eventually to Cawston.

At this point John D suggested the Abel Heath route into Aylsham which we were more than happy to take and would you believe it we found ourselves on the Heydon Road again but this time just outside of Aylsham!

Today’s surrogate leader was a bit concerned on reaching the café as we hadn’t phoned ahead to let them know we were coming. However the staff couldn’t have been more welcoming and we enjoyed good value food.

We said goodbye to John D before making our way out of Aylsham to Burgh and then a left turn at the Church Road crossroads into Norwich Road (another one!) to Tuttington. With something approaching a tailwind we made swift progress to Banningham at which point Malcolm decided to let the group follow their noses back to PC which they did via Ingworth and beyond.

Many thanks to Malcolm, although I say it myself, for leading today’s ride.

Alan, Alban, David C (at the café and on the return leg), Geoff (from Potters Bar), John D, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Stephen.

40 miles PC to PC