Club Run 28/09/19

Words by Geoff (our leader for the day)

Saturday’s weather of a hard head wind greeted 3 riders at PC. With heads bowed we rode down to the second pick up at Plumstead church where 2 more riders were waiting to join the fray.

From Plumstead we rode down to go past Mannington Hall and then left to ride to Corpusty. Here, we rode right round Horseshoe Lane and then up a hard hill to go towards Briston. Turning left we went down an aptly named Sandy Lane and then onwards to Hindolveston.

After receiving a battering riding to Fulmodesdon, in the ever strengthening head wind things just got harder. We turned left to Stibbard and then across the busy A1067 to go down the hill to Great Ryburgh. At the bottom of the hill we turned right to climb up Burrow Hill which is in fact two hills for the price of one.

Regrouping at the top we then made our way to the Pensthorpe Courtyard Café. Concerns that the Café would be overrun due to the arrival of baby red squirrels and baby Flamingo were dispelled and we were able to consume our food in peace.

Homeward bound was via Fakenham, Hindringham, Sharrington and Hempstead. Rain, forecast for early in the afternoon, caught GP a couple of miles from home.

Many thanks to all the participants for turning up on such a difficult riding day and welcome back to Mark who is riding well and who we hope to see again soon.

PC to PC 50 miles with some posting 60-70.

Robin, Mark, Malcolm, Geoff, Brian.

Editor’s Note

Geoff was the only one to complete the circuit back to PC, Mark having left us at Fakenham and there being a 3 way split at Edgefield with Robin heading towards Aylsham and Brian and Malcolm to Suffield.

Many thanks to Geoff for a good ride out.

Club Run to The Conservatory at Aylsham 25 September 2019

From Robert 

6 Wheelers met at PC for Robert’s ride to Aylsham.

Gresham, Hanworth, Thorpe Market and on to Gunton. One rider punctured soon after and decided to return to PC with the guest rider. So just 4 continued towards Bacton but turned south a mile before, then down to Honing and after that straight across to Aylsham via Worstead and Swanton Abbott.

Return was straight up to PC.

Light rain from about half an hour in and showers all day.

PC to PC 41 Miles

Graham J, John S, Kevin, Robert, Stephen + a guest rider

Alan called in to the Cafe to say hallo and is recovering slowly from his injury!


Pretty Corner TT results 24/9/2019

10m Pretty Corner TT 24-09-19
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
MIKE PADFIELD NN Wheelers 23.18   22 37 Road Bike PB
NIGEL WALSH NN Wheelers 24.33   22 09
PHILIP WEST NN Wheelers 25.09   21 02
MARK WATSON NN Wheelers 25.38   21 08
BRIAN PLATTS NN Wheelers 27.48   23 49

Club Run to The Three Horseshoes at Warham 18 September 2019

10 Wheelers met at PC for Kevin’s ride to Warham on a glorious Autumn day!

As we turned off Red Barn Lane and headed towards West Beckham we weren’t sure what Kevin had planned for us but as always it turned out to be a great route.

After crossing the A148 at Bodham we eventually reached Weybourne and then prepared ourselves for the climb up Holgate Hill to the Kelling Road. Then came Holt, Hunworth, Briston, Thurning, Guestwick, Bates Moor, Wood Norton, Stibbard, Fulmodeston, across the A148 again to The Snorings, The Walsinghams, Wighton and finally Warham after some 36 or so miles! A few miles from the pub Alban punctured (courtesy of two thorns) and 3 remained to help while the others carried on.

There was a good selection of pies and other delights (including beers for some) on the menu to give plenty of energy for the return leg and we enjoyed a pleasant hour in the sunshine before setting off.

After some 10 minutes or so of pedalling Malcolm realised that he had left his gloves at the pub and returned to retrieve them while the remainder of the group continued on to Binham. Malcolm made his own way back home via Binham, Bale, Sharrington, Brinton, Stody, Edgefield, Saxthorpe, Itteringham and Erpingham.

Meanwhile – after Binham the group followed a path via Binham to Field Dalling, Saxlingham, the lanes to Wiveton, then High Kelling and cross country to Geoff’s Corner with just 2 of the original group of 10 completing the circuit back to PC having lost riders along the way as they peeled off homewards.

Many thanks to Kevin and to the other Wheelers for the good company.

55 miles PC to PC (80 miles max)

Alban, Alexa, Andrew B, Andrew C, Jane, Kevin, Malcolm, Mark, Robert, Stephen

10m TT results Thursford 10/9/19

10m Thursford-Fakenham TT 10-09-19
Name Club Time Handicap time
KIM MORRISON Drag2Zero 22.28 21.30
JAMIE SPARROW King’s Lynn CC 22.31
S.WILKINSON Guest 23.08
PHIL WATKINS NN Wheelers 23.35   21 57
JOHN MORGAN NN Wheelers 25.20   22 29
PHIL WEST NN Wheelers 25.34   21 27
MARK WATSON NN Wheelers 26.03 21 35
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 27.04   22 50
AMANDA MARSHALL NN Wheelers 27.40   22 16
PAUL ELVIN NN Wheelers 27.52   22 43
TIM DAYKIN NN Wheelers 29.07 23.06

Club Run to Kerri’s Café at The Old Railway Station, Reepham 11 September 2019

Even if blustery showers weren’t forecast they certainly happened and one of them in particular nearly sent the 4 Wheelers back to PC as they pedalled down Gibbet Lane at the start of Malcolm’s run to Reepham. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to an injured Alan who was due to be leader for today.

A straight path to Itteringham and then the climb to the Blickling Road by which time the group was feeling pretty wet and windswept. With the prospect of side and headwinds as far as Foulsham but at least drier and sunnier conditions later on Malcolm checked that everyone was okay to follow his planned route. So onwards we went via Oulton, Heydon Park, Crabgate, Thurning, Hindolveston, Foulsham, Themelthorpe and to the B1145 to take us into Reepham.

By the time we sat down for lunch we had dried out and enjoyed the usual great service from the staff at Kerri’s. As we were about to leave another pesky shower arrived but this proved to be short lived as we made our way towards Briston. Kevin punctured before Wood Dalling but we were soon on our way and continued via Thurning (deja vu) to Briston, Edgefield and Barningham Green. At the junction of Plum Lane and Barningham Road there was a two way split as one half headed for Gresham and homewards while the other half returned to PC in far sunnier conditions and far drier roads than earlier in the day.

Many thanks for the company – a good ride out.

Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Stephen

45 miles PC to PC (66 miles max)

10m Pretty Corner TT results 3/9/19

10m Pretty Corner TT 03-09-19
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
SAM PROCTOR Erdinger AF 20.10 CPB
JAMIE SPARROW King’s Lynn CC 21.39
MATT RATCLIFFE NN Wheelers 21.41   21 26
GRAHAM DENNY NN Wheelers 22.30   21 58
PHIL WATKINS NN Wheelers 22.38   20 54
PAUL HARROWING NN Wheelers 23.52 21 23
NIGEL WALSH NN Wheelers 24.09   21 43
JOHN MORGAN NN Wheelers 24.24   21 33
JOHN HAYWARD NN Wheelers 24.34   21 43
PHILIP WEST NN Wheelers 25.07 20 29        PB
RICHARD COLLYER NN Wheelers 25.38   22 18
MARK WATSON NN Wheelers 25.56   21 26
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 26.30   22 16
PAUL ELVIN NN Wheelers 26.55   21 46
J.JOHNSON Guest 27.03
TIM DAYKIN NN Wheelers 27.40 21 39

Club Run to The Corner Café at Mundesley 4 September 2019

7 met at PC eager for Malcolm to lead them astray on this Wednesday’s ride out to the coast to a venue that has been up for sale for some time. The owners want to retire but thankfully the café is still open and continues to serve up great value refreshments!

After just a few miles Robert left us feeling a bit below par after giving blood the day before!! I’m sure that Robert needed a bit longer before a 50 miler but glad to report that he is feeling fine today (Thurs).

Anyway the route followed a direct path to Matlaske, Erpingham and Ingworth before the heavens opened as we travelled along Drabblegate causing the bunch to seek shelter. After some time the rain abated and we continued via the old Banningham Road, across the A140 and on to Banningham, Colby, Suffield, Antingham, Lower Street and up to the “top road” to take us swiftly to Mundesley.

Soon after our arrival CJ appeared and the magnificent 7 enjoyed a great lunch. As we went to collect our bikes Alan realised he had punctured. We were soon on our way sans CJ and pedalled by way of Paston, Edingthorpe and Bacton Wood to Crostwight where we said goodbye to John and continued on to Bengate and Worstead. The puncture gremlins struck again for Alan as we crossed the B1150 and he used his last tube to get him on his way.

The headwind was a bit of a pain so after Swanton Abbott and Skeyton Malcolm took the sheltered lanes to Tuttington and then the straight run up to Banningham where we carelessly lost Alan as we turned for Ingworth and he went straight on to Colby. Once a signal was obtained a phone call eventually sorted things out and we reunited at Aldborough. At Thurgarton Malcolm turned right for Alby, Suffield and home leaving the others to find their own way back to PC via Bessingham and Gresham.

Along with the freshening breeze the sun did shine in the afternoon so the earlier heavy rain, which caused a soggy bottom or two, didn’t seem so bad after all! Thanks to all for the company.

Alan, Alban, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Stephen. CJ at the café and Robert in search of his lost red cells!

50 miles PC to PC (70 miles max)