Club Run to The Blue Bell at Langham 30th October 2019

On a cool but dry day with a moderate easterly 8 Wheelers plus one guest rider gathered at PC for Andrew’s run to a lunchtime venue that’s up there on our favourites’ list.

Andrew lead us on a familiar path to Briston but on the way John S suddenly became disengaged – a problem with his freehub probably caused by worn or sticking pawls! Fortunately John was able to freewheel (mostly) to a relative’s house who gave him a lift home.

After Briston came the flowing Craymere Beck, on to Hindolveston and along the Fulmodeston Road as far as the B1110. “Road Closed” signs meant that we took a right and then after a short distance a left to Swanton Novers and more very pleasant lanes past Gunthorpe and then through Hindringham, Binham, Field Dalling and to Langham.

John S had driven out and CJ had pedalled out to join us for lunch. Service was friendly and efficient and the food good quality so replete and relaxed we began the return leg.

Members of the group peeled off at different points along the way to High Kelling via Wiveton leaving just 2 to complete the long haul up to Geoff’s Corner with a final split as one headed for Sheringham and the other Mill Road, Gresham and home.

So this week not one rider completed the circuit back to PC but with the aid of modern technology I am still able to calculate the mileage!!

Alban, Andrew B, Andrew C, Ian W (guest), Jane, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Mark and CJ for lunch

39 miles PC to PC (60 miles max)

NB Just like all my other Wednesday Run Reports this was written with the help of my Garmin Edge 200 (other GPS Cycling Computers are available) as sadly I don’t have the detailed knowledge and memory to write them without it. However it was flattering that one of my Wednesday cycling buddies thought that I did!

Club Run to All Things Nice at Cawston 23 October 2019

After a chill start to the day the sun came out and greeted 8 Wheelers plus one guest at PC. There was the welcome return of David after a temporary layoff for other pedalling pursuits and local guest Stephen P on his winter ready Trek.

Malcolm did wonder if David had the Weavers’ Way and Marriott’s Way on his route plan for the day as he had turned up on his hybrid. Fortunately this was not the case and David lead us via Bessingham and Thurgarton to Erpingham and thereafter Colby, Banningham, Ingworth, Blickling, Silvergate and Oulton Street.

After a short pause and friendly debate (as we had had covered only 15 miles at this point) we decided on the direct route to our lunchtime destination so arrived a little early. Just as well really as ATN was very busy; but even so the table was already reserved and we were served with the usual excellent food and drink by the friendly and efficient staff.

The group was reduced to 8 as we began the return leg, lead initially by Malcolm, to Heydon. On the outward leg David  had described his hybrid as the bike he uses to “pootle about” on. While David meant nothing by this it must have been on Malcolm’s mind (and he remembers that some who don’t come on Club Runs feel that they are just for old blokes on a bit of a pootle round) as he moved to the big ring and upped the pace to the crossroads at Wood Dalling.

At this point there was a split as 2 headed for Guestwick and beyond as David resumed his leadership, still at a decent pace in spite of the heavier bike and Marathon Plus tyres, to take us to Briston, Edgefield and Baconsthorpe. where there was another split as one half pedalled towards Sheringham Park and the other the more familiar route back to PC.

For once Malcolm did the full circuit and as today’s run was shorter than usual carried on to Sheringham and Cromer and then to Northrepps, Southrepps, Bradfield and home. On that basis he awards himself this week’s gold star for miles covered, although Mark couldn’t have been far behind so let’s make that a share!

Many thanks to David for leading us today and we miss your company so see you again next time!

Andrew B, David, Graham J, Jane, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Mark, Stephen P

36 miles PC to PC (63 miles max)

NN Wheelers Hilly TT 20th Oct 2019

18.5m hilly TT 20-10-19
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
MATT RATCLIFFE NN Wheelers 47.52   N/A
MIKE PADFIELD NN Wheelers 48.04   45 30   Traffic delay
NIGEL WALSH NN Wheelers 52.49   48 33   Traffic delay
SIMON HARDY Kings Lynn CC 55.12   N/A
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 60.22   48 19   Traffic delay
BRIAN PLATTS NN Wheelers 60.25   45 20

Club Run to Lily’s Tearoom at the Hadfield Nursery, North Walsham 16 October 2019

Firstly apologies to anyone who may have pedalled out to Walcott to meet us at lunch but, as you can see, the venue was changed for today’s run.

Run 16 Oct 19

Just 3 stalwarts met at PC on a misty and soggy autumn day and indeed all 3 were not feeling at their best but nevertheless enjoyed a shorter than planned route to a little gem of a café just off the (old) Yarmouth Road.

Rather than describe the route in detail I’ll let you study the map. John lead us on mainly familiar lanes and roads (with one or two cunning twists and turns on the way). One particular point of interest was the decision to take a left into Vicarage Road at Worstead passing through Withergate and upon reaching the A149 we crossed the road to take a path up to Sandy Lane and then down to our lunchtime destination – definitely one to remember for the future!

After a series of quiet lanes through White Horse Common, Spa Common and Edingthorpe Street we eventually reached Knapton and thereafter Trunch where Malcolm left the group to head off to North Walsham.

Many thanks to John for leading today’s ride.

Andrew C, John S, Malcolm

39 miles PC to PC (Andrew wins today’s gold star for pedalling the most miles – 57)

Final TT of the season 20th Oct

Due to a previous cancellation the final TT of the season will be the 18.5m hilly this Sunday at 11am, starting at Splash (see Time trial pages for location).  This will be followed by a drink at the Lobster pub in Sheringham at about 12.30pm (either in the beer garden or more likely by the log fire).steve-joughin


Hill Climb Results 13 Oct 2019

Hill Climb Beacon Hill 13-10-19
Name Club Time Handicap time
Mike Padfield NN Wheelers 2.10 2.10
Nigel Walsh NN Wheelers 2.30 2.10
Guy Thorold NN Wheelers 2.56 2.31
Phil West NN Wheelers 3.03 2.39
Mary Padfield NN Wheelers 3.25 2.51

Club Run to The Globe Inn at Wells 9 October 2019

Just prior to the 6 Wheelers setting off from PC Stephen, today’s leader for the outward leg, announced casually “35 miles to lunch that’s about right isn’t it?” We looked at each other wondering if this was a rhetorical question so said nothing.

In the event it was a fabulous route taking in some less than familiar lanes on the way.

The start was familiar enough, down to Mill Road then Osier Lane and Rectory Road past Bodham Church and to High Kelling. Then came Wiveton, Langham, Cockthorpe, Binham, Wighton, a very exposed and hard 2 miles up to the B1105 (Wells Road) and across to New Holkham. Then the new lanes (for the Wednesday Wheelers at least) as we looped round via North Creake and Burnham Thorpe back to New Holkham – our leader almost being taken out by a reckless lorry driver on the way!

At the crest of the Holkham Estate we paused to take in the views and our leader took a couple of photos (see Website Club Runs Photo Gallery), traversed the Park to emerge on to the A149 and then to The Globe for excellent service, excellent food and one or two slightly bemused patrons!

Stephen left us at Wells so 5, now benefitting from a welcome tailwind, headed for Warham, where Mark left us, and on to Binham, Field Dalling and Saxlingham. The skies looked threatening and just after Malcolm stopped to put on his rain jacket a very heavy shower came (good timing). Jane made her way towards the coast and home while the remainder of the group  continued to Wiveton, where Andrew peeled off, and then the climb, in further heavy showers, to Bridge Road and High Kelling. The sun came out again and John and Malcolm kept each other company until Mill Road where the former completed the circuit back to PC while the latter headed for Gresham, Hanworth, Suffield and home.

Many thanks to Stephen for his leadership and hospitality and a shame that others were unable to make it on a good ride out.

Andrew C, Jane, John S, Malcolm, Mark, Stephen

54 miles PC to PC (70 – 80 miles for some)

Club Run to The Rising Sun at Coltishall 2 October 2019

Now who would have thought that The Red Lion Café would revert to Winter Opening Hours – well clearly Malcolm didn’t so had to switch to Plan B (on arrival at the Café) and so lead the Wheelers to a riverside lunchtime destination!

7 Wheelers were joined by a guest rider today, Stephen on his Summer road bike – Malcolm duly took note and hoped that his planned route wouldn’t be too mucky – after all we do want to see Stephen again! Wisely Stephen came dressed for the cold north westerly unlike 2 of the Wheelers who clearly had decided to tough it out in shorts!

The route out took us via Itteringham, Oulton Street and Oulton to the Heydon Park Estate after which it was the back lanes to Cawston, where Jane left us, and on to Eastgate and Buxton taking advantage of the tailwind. “Police Slow” signs as we entered Buxton were welcome as there was a hefty fire hose across the road helping to deal with a refuse lorry fire.

Further assisted by the tailwind we sped (!?) into Coltishall and found a very sunny and sheltered spot right next to The River Bure and enjoyed a great lunch before setting off for Great and Little Hautbois not yet experiencing the inevitable headwind. After Badersfield, Skeyton and Tuttington we pedalled the long haul up to Banningham where Malcolm split from the group and headed off to Colby and home. The remaining half dozen went into the headwind towards Ingworth and then Thurgarton, Bessingham, Gresham and back to PC, the group shedding members on the way as they went their own routes homewards.

Not bad at all conditions just a bit on the breezy side. Bikes not too mucky. Many thanks to all for the company and we are looking forward to Stephen joining us again soon.

45 miles PC to PC

Andrew B, Andrew C, Jane, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Stephen, Stephen (Guest)