Club Run to The Staithe and Willow Tea Room Horning 30 May 2018

The famous five met at PC on a morning full of mist and gloom but at least dryish after the heavy rain showers overnight and warmish considering the sun was nowhere to be seen! With only a gentle breeze from the SW this was never really going to be a factor today as Malcolm lead the group through Gresham and Bessingham en route to Hanworth and Suffield.

We took a right turn to follow the lanes towards Felmingham and in doing so passed Corvette Kingdom but didn’t linger to watch the specialists at work. We had a brief (but thankfully not too dramatic) encounter with a motorist who was obviously assuming that no other road users could possibly use this stretch of road at this time of day. Evasive action taken by driver and group! No harsh words – one of those things, but one that cyclists encounter too often!

We continued on via Skeyton Corner, Swanton Abbott and Scottow to Tunstead and then a took a left signposted Hoveton Hall just after Wroxham Barns along St Peter’s Lane and Long Lane towards our lunch stop. Feeling in no way bewilder(wood)ed we took the short Letherington’s Lane to the main road and then down to Lower Street and the banks of the River Bure.

Although an inside table had been reserved we instead “dined” al fresco. Having made good time on the outward stretch we were ready to leave at 1pm and headed up the Neatishead Road passing “the world’s longest continuously operating radar site” according to The RAF Radar Museum Norfolk’s homepage.

Our route now took us to Dilham, Honing, Crostwight, Edingthorpe, Knapton, Trunch, Southrepps and Northrepps at which point we headed due west towards Felbrigg and then Metton, Gresham and back to PC.

A brisk pace had been maintained throughout the ride so everyone had slightly tired legs after a good day out on the bike.

Alan, Andrew, Graham, Kevin, Malcolm

50 miles PC to PC. 72 miles for the leader.

10m TT Results 30th May 2018

Despite another cool evening, the light winds and 100% humidity helped four riders beat their personal best times.  Graham Denny edged closer to his sub 22 minute target, Phil Watkins was getting back up to speed following illness and Luke Pettit was the most improved rider on handicap. It was good to see a number of guest riders, who are always more than welcome to do our club races.  Thanks to the marshals and timekeepers as always.


30/05/2018 10m TT Pretty Corner
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
GRAHAM DENNY East Coast Riders 22.20  20.44 PB
PHIL WATKINS NN Wheelers 23.24  21.45
LUKE PETTIT CS Velo Sport 24.02  20.30 PB
NIGEL WALSH NN Wheelers 24.06  21.02
PAUL HARROWING East Coast Riders 24.07  21.38
PHIL HURR NN Wheelers 25.03  21.13
JOHN MORGAN NN Wheelers 25.25  23.14
DAN WRAY NN Wheelers 25.36  20.55 PB
JAMES JOHNSON Welwyn Wheelers 26.35
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 27.38  22.39
PHILIP WEST NN Wheelers 28.48  20.55  PB
DAYKIN Wensum Valley 29.43
TRINE MIDDLETON TriHarman 32.51  21.42

Club Run to The Globe Inn Wells-next-the-Sea 23 May 2018

8 met at PC on an overcast, cool and breezy morning for Andrew’s ride to the coast. Dry conditions meant that the lanes wouldn’t be muddy but we have been finding on recent rides that there is a lot of gravel and sandy soil on the roads which means taking extra care!

So we carefully proceeded through Baconsthorpe and Edgefield and on to Sharrington and Hindringham, losing Alban en route as he had to respond to a call of duty and turn back for home. After Wighton we headed due west for New Holkham and took the splendid “Avenue” through the Holkham Estate past Holkham Hall and eventually reached the Coast Road and then the short distance to Wells.

There to meet us was Stephen in both a host and project manager role. The work taking place on The Globe only affected us in so far as our bikes were “parked” out front rather than out back. After an enjoyable lunch with Stephen we were soon back on the road and had hoped that the sun might make an appearance – sadly not!

After only a few miles we lost Peter and Paula as they headed off home in a slightly different direction to us. Our route now took us through Warham, Binham and Langham. At this point we said goodbye to Jane leaving just 4 to continue on to Wiveton. At the end of Bridgefoot Lane Andrew left us and soon after, at Kelling, Geoff also bade farewell. That left just two to head towards PC but that was reduced yet further as Malcolm set course for Gresham, Bessingham, Hanworth and home.

Extra brownie points for Alan this week as the only Wheeler to start and finish at PC!

Thank you to Andrew for leading today’s ride.

Alan, Alban, Andrew, Geoff, Jane, Malcolm, Paula, Peter

46 miles PC to PC. 70 miles max.


10m TT results 15th May

15/05/2018 10m TT Pretty Corner
Name Club Time Handicap time
GRAHAM DENNY East Coast Riders 23.07 21.31
PAUL HARROWING East Coast Riders 24.20 21. 51
NIGEL WALSH NN Wheelers 24.36 21.32
JOHN MORGAN NN Wheelers 24.38 22. 27
RICHARD COLLYER NN Wheelers 25.01 19.41
PHIL HURR NN Wheelers 25.09 21.19
LUKE PETTIT Wyndy Milla 25.09 21.37
JON MAYNARD NN Wheelers 26.01 21. 28
DAN WRAY NN Wheelers 26.01 21. 20
BRIAN PLATTS NN Wheelers 27.22 21. 26
ADRIAN JAY NN Wheelers 27.59 22. 25
EDDIE ROBSON NN Wheelers 28.34 22. 01
SARAH JAY NN Wheelers 28.47 23. 00
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 28.56 23. 37
PHILIP WEST NN Wheelers 30.10 22. 17
AMANDA MARSHALL NN Wheelers 30.32 23. 59
J.VIDLER Plomesgate CC 31.27
BESWICK TriHarman 32.12

Club Run to The Kingfisher Café at Walcott 16 May 2018

To say that the Spring weather has so far been variable would be an understatement. The saying that there is “No such thing as bad weather only bad clothing” is true up to a point but choosing the right gear for cycling is always tricky. To be fair the forecast had predicted cool and breezy but dry conditions, but also with the possibility of some sunshine; so today as 12 met at PC for Malcolm’s run to the coast we saw some in longs and rain/windproof tops but others more optimistically in shorts and long sleeved jerseys. As the day progressed those without at least a warmer top would definitely feel the bite of the northerly wind!

Our outward route took us down to Matlaske and then towards Erpingham. At the turning into Scarrow Beck Lane one Wheeler slid on loose gravel and broke a rear wheel spoke in the process. Fortunately he was unscathed which was just as well as this was his first outing with us after an extended injury free skiing holiday. We were able to continue to Ingworth and Banningham where Trevor was waiting for us and a further check was made on the wheel. Although a bit out of true we decided it was safe to continue!

The remainder of the route was familiar to most but provided new opportunities for several of the group as we passed through Tuttington, Skeyton, Swanton Abbott, Worstead, Lyngate, Briggate, Honing, Crostwight and Witton Bridge. We then headed in to a strong headwind to the Coast Road and our lunch time destination. A table had been reserved at the café and all welcomed the warmth and shelter from the wind as well as the refreshments which were provided in the Kingfisher’s normal efficient and friendly fashion.

Trevor and John S went their own ways as we left Walcott on the Coast Road initially but then on to the North Walsham Road through Pollard Street as far as Edingthorpe Green and Edingthorpe Street and the lanes to Knapton.

At Trunch Peter, Paula and Gill left us and the leader decided to follow Brewery Road not realising that extensive road repairs had been carried out in the last couple of days. We carried on but on reflection it may have been better to have chosen an alternative. The repairs appeared to be a new type of surface dressing involving less stone chips but nevertheless slightly hazardous, not helped by one particular car and lorry approaching us at speed on this narrow lane and causing emergency breaking in the bunch and some deft bike handling!

Eventually we reached Lower Street where we said goodbye to Robin and carried on to Thorpe Market and Hanworth at which point Malcolm turned to head off home leaving just 6 to make their way back to Pretty Corner and beyond.

Those in their winter gear probably faired the best today but the reasonably brisk pace hopefully prevented the others from getting too chilled!

Alban, Alan, Andrew, Geoff, Gill, Jane, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Paula, Peter, Robin, Trevor.

44 miles PC to PC.

25m TT results 8th May 2018

08/05/2018 25mTT Holt-Fakenham
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
TOBY MORRELL TriHarder 58.22
AIDEN BOND NN Wheelers 59.17  55.00
MIKE PADFIELD NN Wheelers 59.46 56.39
PAUL HARROWING NN Wheelers 1.03.40  55.00 PB
PHIL WATKINS NN Wheelers 1.03.56  57.12
JOHN HAYWARD NN Wheelers 1.05.35  52.19
DAN WRAY NN Wheelers 1.06.26
JON MAYNARD NN Wheelers 1.08.06
BRIAN PLATTS NN Wheelers 1.11.42
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 1.12.19   55.21
PHILIP WEST NN Wheelers 1.17.10
DAYKIN Wensum Valley 1.18.00
EDDIE ROBSON NN Wheelers 1.18.34
TRINE MIDDLETON TriHarman 1.31.01

10m TT results 1st May 2018

01/05/2018 10m TT Pretty Corner
Name Club Time Handicap time
MATT RATCLIFFE Iceni velo 21.35  21.00
ARRON GREEN Tri Harder 21.42  19.38
ROB WARWICKER Tri- Anglia 22.17
AIDEN BOND NNW 22.21  21.22
GRAHAM DENNY East Coast Riders 22.36  20.43
PAUL HARROWING East Coast Riders 23.36  21.07
JOHN HAYWARD NN Wheelers 24.49  21.51
PHIL WATKINS NN Wheelers 24.57  23.16
JON MAYNARD NN Wheelers 25.33  20.22
MARKOS JANES VCN 25.58  21.17
TONY WITTMOND Tri Harder 26.05
BRIAN PLATTS NN Wheelers 26.35  21.39
EDDIE ROBSON NN Wheelers 27.35  21.02
AMANDA MARSHALL NN Wheelers 27.35  21.02
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 27.5  22.31
PHILIP WEST NN Wheelers 28.53  21.00
DAYKIN Wensum Valley 29.09
TESSA MORGAN NN Wheelers 29.51  22.23
TRINE MIDDLETON TriHarman 32.35  21.26

Club Run to All Things Nice at Cawston 9 May 2018

In bright sunshine and a gentle slightly cooling breeze 10 met at PC for Peter’s ride to Cawston. Most by now on their summer bikes with just a couple taking no chances and sporting mudguards, one of whom was Malcolm who remains adamant that there is no such thing as a mud free North Norfolk! Today also saw the welcome return of John S still a bit sore but as determined as ever!

Turning off in the Bodham direction soon to cross the A148 (but not before a brief halt to repair a dramatic blowout) and swooping down to Wiveton we knew that Peter had devised a cunning plan to reach our destination. He later revealed that he wanted to take in different types of scenery and provide an alternative to the more familiar routes to Cawston.

Indeed it was as we passed through Langham and Cockthorpe and then due south to Binham. We were maintaining quite a high pace, our leader mindful that the slightly longer than usual outward route might make us late for lunch! After Binham we bypassed Field Dalling and Bale reaching the A148 once again, this time to cross to Sharrington. Spirits were high in the perfect conditions!

Onwards to Brinton, Stody, Briston and Thurning before arriving at the café just on 1pm and 32 miles (51.5 km) from our start point. Lunch was served in their usual friendly and efficient way which makes this café such a favourite.

The pack intact we headed north east to Oulton Street where Robin left us for home while the remainder continued on to Itteringham and Little Barningham at which point Peter asked if we minded if he and Paula turned off towards Edgefield and homewards. Having thanked Peter for his efforts in providing us with a great route we pedalled on, Malcolm turning off towards Gresham and the remainder following Plum Lane, Red Barn Lane and Gibbet Lane back to PC.

Alan, Barry, Geoff, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Paula, Peter, Robin and Stephen.

44 miles (71 kms) PC to PC. 65 – 70 miles (104.6 – 112.6 kms) for some.

Club Run to The Blue Bell at Langham 2 May 2018

Words by Alan

Despite the threat of gusting winds and heavy rain a foolhardy five meet at PC for the ride to Langham.

Proceeding to West Beckham it was strenuous riding into the southerly wind and on reaching Geoff’s Corner unfortunately Malcolm decided to abandon and head for home due to not feeling well but undaunted the now fearless foursome headed on to Baconsthorpe, Edgefield, Briston, Briston Common and Hindolveston struggling against strong, gusting wind and rain. Luckily here we turned towards Fulmodeston now cycling with the wind to the side but still tricky as it was gusting through gaps in the hedges.

Onwards to Little Snoring (passing the scene of Malcolm’s previous mishap with the dog… no dog!!!!!). Here we followed the edge of the airfield and headed to Thursford, Hindringham and northwards to Briston thankful for the wind on our backs for the final push to Langham and a welcome respite from the wet weather.

Following a nice lunch, we headed back to PC via Wiveton where Jane and Stephen turned off to Blakeney and home, leaving Alan and Kevin to finish the final leg over Kelling Heath, Lower Bodham, West Beckham and Sheringham Park where Kevin turned home and Alan took the main road back to PC.

5 out 4 back Alan, Jane, Kevin, Stephen and Malcolm.

39.5 miles wet, windy and cold

Thanks for the company!