Words by Kevin
Two Wheelers met at PC for Kevin’s ride to the Dun Cow on what was a windy but sunny day.
The route went through Matlaske, along the old airfield road to Itteringham. On turning right out of Itteringham we met Geoff heading in the opposite direction, a short exchange of pleasantries, discussions of our route and the weather and we parted company, Geoff heading off towards Banningham.
Turning left past Mannington Hall and onto Edgefield the wind was directly in our faces making decent progress hard work. I think Alan secretly wished he’d followed Geoff !!
From Edgefield down the hill to Hunworth, going through two fords both with considerable amounts of water in them, onto Thornage and Sharrington, over the main A148 to Field Dalling, through Langham, turning right to Cley and the coast road to Salthouse.
Two very nice sandwiches later and we were off again up Bard Hill. This must be the most brutal second half start to a ride in Norfolk, made even more difficult for Alan with mud under his rear mudguard rubbing the tyre. It was like riding with the brakes on. We removed his rear wheel and cleared the mud away with a stick much to his relief.
It was the usual way back to PC past Holt Rugby Club.
38 miles in total
Runners and Riders Alan and Kevin.
Thank you to Kevin for leading the ride and to both riders for ensuring that the Club Run schedule stayed on track.
Official Report by Alan (a man of few words – he lets his legs do the talking!)
7 met at PC.
Weather damp and foggy.
Route : West Gresham, Bodham, Hempstead, Holt, Hunworth, Briston, Nethergate, Themelthorpe and then Reepham.
Usual good food. Return delayed by John S puncture.
Back via Salle, Heydon, Corpusty, Matlaske to PC having said goodbye to Andrew and Robin who returned home by other routes.
2 punctures for Alan 1 out and 1 back.
PC to PC 35 miles. 3 punctures.
Alan, Andrew, Kevin, John S, Robin, Geoff and Tim (recently moved to Itteringham)
Further words from John S
Seven! That was the number of riders that met at PC for the first Wednesday run of the year. And what great conditions! Blazing sun and light winds with a hint of wistful aromas adding to the atmosphere. Well, no, not really, but it might as well have been the case because our magnificent seven were not in the least deterred by the grey skies or dank conditions. They were ready for the off!
With Trevor laid-up by a winter lurgy, Alan stepped-in to lead us to Reepham. A bit of a transit to the east via Bodham and Holt set us up for a nearly southerly route to Reepham via Briston and Guestwick. Nice lanes and the experience was not really marred by Alan puncturing a rear tyre (which was quickly fixed).
A quietish café greeted us and we were joined by Robert and John D just as we were preparing to leave.
Whilst leaving, Andrew pointed out that John S had a puncture – rear again. Still, a great place to fix it with tables to work on. What planning!
The northerly route back saw us touch Heydon and Saxthorpe for a straightforward return. We bade farewell to new rider Tim about 3 miles from home – and then Alan punctured his rear tyre again. Not such a quick fix this time, with no fewer than four inflation devices being tried to get it pumped-up.
Many riders complimented Alan on his chosen route and this was well-deserved.
Many thanks, Alan, for a great first Wednesday ride for 2018 which saw one new rider and three returning from longish absences. Marvellous!
Quite foggy on the return.
Just a final reminder that the club AGM is on 10th January 7.30pm at Sheringham Community Centre on Holway Road, NR26 8NP. We look forward to seeing as many 1st, 2nd claim members and potential new members there. Have your say in the future of the club, see old friends and meet new ones, pay for your membership, relunctantly return any hard fought trophies and buy some lovely new club kit!
**Annual meal/social/awards evening**
A great response so far on this with over 25 people attending. If anyone else wants to come it is not too late. I will need £15 per person at the AGM, at spinning or by bank transfer (email or facebook message me) thanks!
Our annual meal/social/awards event will be on Saturday 27th January at Upper Sheringham Village Hall, NR26 8UB (next to the church) starting at 7pm. It should be a great informal get together. All club members 1st and 2nd claim, other clubs, family and friends welcome. £15 a head. Any dietary requirements other than meat/vege please email me.
Happy New Year!