Club Run to All Things Nice at Cawston 27 February 2019

Although Robert had cycled to PC to meet the other 8 Wheelers he was unable to join us on today’s run so John D volunteered to lead. Two Wheelers were donning shorts on this lovely post-winter pre-spring day, which also saw the appearance of one or two summer road bikes!

The first part of the route was straight down to Itteringham, over the bridge and left at The Walpole Arms and round the back of Blickling to Ingworth. A puncture interrupted our progress but the slight delay in the bright warm sunshine was no hardship! This was followed by Drabblegate, Aylsham and Burgh next Aylsham. As we turned right to Oxnead we were uncertain how much further the Road Ahead (was) Closed. But as it turned out the closed road was not on our route so on we pressed!

Mill Road to the Buxton Road and a short foray on the A140 before Buxton Heath, Eastgate and Cawston. There to meet us at ATN were CJ, Trevor and David C. The Café was busy but the service and quality of food was, as always, excellent.

After lunch CJ and Trevor went their own ways but David decided to join us for the return leg. Having thanked John D for his fine leadership on the outward leg he headed off home while the main group pedalled by way of Heydon to Corpusty where we said farewell to Andrew and Jane. Then the long, gradual climb to the Barninghams where David peeled off to Erpingham and home leaving just 5 to reach Mill Road where there was a final 3 way split with John S and Alan completing the circuit back to PC.

Alan, Andrew B, Andrew C, John D, John S, Jane, Kevin, Malcolm. David C on the return leg and CJ and Trevor at the Café.

38 miles PC to PC (60 miles max)

Have you seen the forecast temperatures for next week? Don’t put your winter gear away just yet!

Keith Arthur Crane 1926 – 2019

Keith Crane recently passed away (28th January).  He was a former president of the North Norfolk Wheelers and led from the front by competing well into his 80’s.  Below is an article from the North Norfolk News dated 16th August 2007 when he was 81 (on a classic Raleigh Banana).  He cycled throughout his life until he unfortunately suffered a stroke in March 2015.  He will be sadly missed by all that knew him.

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Club Run to The Goat Inn at Skeyton 20 February 2019

As four gathered at PC the relative merits of aluminium, steel and carbon were briefly discussed plus thoughts as to whether summer bikes could have made an appearance today! We waited 10 minutes and having decided that no one else was likely to arrive (especially as illness and family duties were keeping some of the regulars away) we set off in a reasonably stiff breeze on Malcolm’s run to The Goat.

Lower Gresham, Metton, Felbrigg, Northrepps, Southrepps, Lower Street and then a breather and a quick drink at Trunch before moving forward to Knapton, Old Hall Street and Edingthorpe Green. We had covered the first 17 miles in about an hour and ten so were maintaining a reasonable pace but as we were soon to face into the wind it was likely that the last leg of the outward trip via Bacton Wood, Old Hall Road, Briggate, Lyngate, Worstead and Swanton Abbott would be both slower and a bit more of an effort.

As we approached our destination we ambushed CJ who had cycled out to join us and we arrived at The Goat in good time to meet Trevor who was sat patiently at our reserved table. Although one or two had to wait a little while we were all eventually fed and watered and ready for the return leg.

CJ, John S and Trevor made their own ways home leaving just the 3 to tackle a side wind but then benefit from a tailwind as we returned to PC via All Saints Church, Burgh, Aylsham, Oulton Street, Itteringham and Little Barningham.

A good day out – very mild again for February but the winter bikes and winter clothes are going to be around for a few more weeks yet!

Andrew B, John S. Kevin, Malcolm with CJ and Trevor at the pub.

43 miles PC to PC (60 miles max)

 

Club Run to Barns Café at Great Walsingham 13 February 2019

Or should that be Walsingham Café at Great Walsingham Barns? Notwithstanding all that 4 Wheelers set off from PC on a brightening and breezy morning lead by Kevin.

By his own admission Kevin is not always sure where he is even when he is leading the ride but you wouldn’t know it as he carved out an excellent route taking us the 30 miles to our lunch stop. The route was; Little Barningham, Saxthorpe, Corpusty, Guestwick, Foulsham, Bintry (Bintree) Mill, Broom Green, The Ryburghs, Pensthorpe, The Snorings, Little Walsingham and then finally its Greater sibling and the Barns.

On the previous day Kevin had reccied the route only to find that the Barns doesn’t open on a Tuesday – so no pie for his lunch! Whether this is the best café in North Norfolk (see website) is hard to judge but the pies are excellent and the lunch stop was made even more enjoyable by the presence of CJ and Geoff P who had cycled out to join us.

CJ and Geoff made their own way back home and the 4 of us (aided by a tailwind most of the time and very pleasant sunshine) returned via Copy’s Green, Binham, Cockthorpe, Langham, Wiveton (where there was a split as Andrew headed home), High Kelling and Geoff’s Corner where there was a final split as 2 headed to West Beckham and PC while the Lone Rider continued on to Mill Road, Gresham, Bessingham, Hanworth and home.

Many thanks to Kevin for leading today’s ride in what can only be described as Spring-like conditions.

Alan, Andrew, Kevin, Malcolm with CJ and Geoff P at the Café.

50 miles PC to PC (72 miles max)

Club Run to The White Horse at Crostwick 6 February 2019

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Words and picture by John D

6 riders met at PC for JD’s ride to The White Horse. The route out was firstly to Gresham where a left and a right took us through Sustead and into Hanworth (I’m sure there’s an anti-cycling activist there who keeps pushing the bars of the cattle grids further apart!). Then after a small navigational anomaly it was along Parrow Lane to cross the A140 for the road to Thorpe Market. A straight road this, but one with a deceptive incline – fortunately I’d moved my bidon to my jersey pocket to make the bike lighter and my task easier.

Now into the Parishes of Antingham and Southrepps, we passed Gunton Station and the building once housing The Suffield Arms (now undergoing further re-construction). Then it was mostly due south towards Felmingham and into the light breeze, almost pleasant to ride into as it did not have that icy bite that seems to have been with us since early December – and warmish sunshine too!

Leaving Corvette Kingdom behind we took the (obligatory) Trans-Norfolk Highway for a few hundred yards before heading south again, crossing the (soon to be upgraded?) Weavers Way towards Coltishall and Horstead

Having gained several brownie points from Malcolm for explaining that I had avoided a couple of muddy roads, these were immediately forfeited when he twigged that we would be covering the final couple of miles of the outward journey via Heggatt Hill and Granny Bard’s Lane (Hee-Hee).

Thus muddied but unbowed we arrived at The White Horse. Despite being fairly busy and there being several tables “reserved”, we were found suitable space and dined in comfort on in my opinion, good quality and well-priced food. A wide range of topics were covered over lunch; Christmas in Australia, February holidays in Morocco, Gin, Beer Festivals, Carpets and, inevitably, Mud.

Taking to the road again seemed harder work than it should have been, so after Frettenham, Buxton and Brampton, the men were left to their own devices to return to the coast/home

6 out (Alan, Graham, JD, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert), no incidents and 26 miles in just under two hours to lunch.

Addenda

Kevin reported

“No incidents on the way home, Alan, Graham and myself covered 47 miles PC to PC”

Malcolm reported

“No incidents on the way home, I covered a total of 53 miles today”

Many thanks to John D for leading today’s ride and hopefully Robert arrived home with no incidents!

 

Club social, buffet and awards evening 2019

A great night was had by members attending the annual event at Upper Sheringham Village Hall.  Chairman Chris Knowles presented the trophies along with Greg from Black Bikes with a new 10m road TT trophy in memory of Albert Gravenor.  In addition Geoff Paice won the North Norfolk District Council 2018 award for services to sport.  There was an excellent buffet provided by The Lunch Box, Sheringham and a cycling quiz. A full list of the annual awards are shown below:

Award/Trophy Name
BAR (Best All Rounder) – Outright Winner Graham Denny
BAR – Handicap Nigel Walsh
Albert Lefever Trophy (fastest 25 mile tt on our course) Mike Padfield
Pat Ash Trophy (fastest 50 mile tt on any course) Phil Watkins
Hill Climb Mike Kemp Trophy Mike Padfield
Hill Climb Handicap Trophy Mike Padfield
Zak Carr Trophy (Single event best 10m TT handicap) Graham Denny
15 Mile Outright Winner Toby Morrell
15 Mile Handicap Eddie Robson
5 x 10 Mile Handicap Trophy Graham Denny
18.5 Mile Hilly Outright Winner Mike Padfield
18.5 Mile Hilly Handicap Nigel Walsh
David Killingback Cup (most improved rider) Philip West
25 Mile Handicap Nigel Walsh
Veterans 25 Mile Time Trial Cup Nigel Walsh
Albert Gravenor Fastest 10m TT on a road bike John Morgan
Clubman of the Year David Carrier
Chairman’s Award Robin Rush and Malcolm Stanley
George Nash Peddler’s trophy Phil Hurr and Brian Platts