Malcolm’s Annual Report
Total of 49 Runs (3 runs cancelled, 2 due to unsafe conditions, 1 due to Christmas Day)
Total of 360 appearances (including guest riders)
Largest group 14
Smallest group 3
Total mileage PC to PC 2145
Average mileage per run approximately 44 miles
19 different venues (11 pubs and 8 cafes – must find some new cafes!)
The mileage covered by individuals both on particular runs and in total over the year did of course vary.
Some of the Wednesday group also rode with the Saturday group which in one case at least increased his NNWCC mileage over the year substantially!
While not an exact science the above gives a good picture of the last year but what can’t be measured is the enjoyment of being out on your bike and of being with a great bunch of people; hopefully this was conveyed to some extent in the weekly reports.
Many thanks again to all who helped to make the Wednesday Club Runs a success and in particular to those who lead rides and guided us around the lanes and byways of North Norfolk. Here’s to another great year in 2020!
The AGM will be on Wednesday 8th January at 7pm at the Sheringham Community Centre, Holway Road. Everyone welcome. Renew your membership, buy club kit, book you ticket to the annual meal and get the latest news.
5 Wheelers met at PC for the last Wednesday Club Run of the year! John S promised us an intriguing (or was that an interesting) route to the village with a railway line but no station but happily with a decent pub. While most roads were fairly dry, some lanes were at their wettest worst which we were about to discover.
Descending gradually from the Cromer Ridge we eventually reached Barningham and then pedalled south-eastwards taking in (the outskirts of) Aldborough and Alby; then across the A140 and the shortcut to White Post Road. As we were passing Gunton Park Geoff became totally disengaged (no not a senior moment!) as his bike’s freehub packed up! He resigned himself to a walk home* and told us to carry on.
Turning right off White Post Road we hit the first of the seriously wet lanes but it wasn’t long before we reached Colby, although Malcolm held things up a bit being his normal cautious self through the mud and floods! After a brief foray on the B1145 we continued the theme by following a route through to Beck Lane and thereafter drier land at All Saints Church, Skeyton. Swanton Abbott, Sloley and more back (Beck!!) lanes took us to our lunchtime destination.
The menu is quite varied at the Horse and Groom and we enjoyed a pleasant lunch before setting off on the return leg. This was a more familiar route as we passed through Scottow, Swanton Abbott, Skeyton, Tuttington and up to Banningham where Malcolm left the group to head to Felmingham and home while the trio returned to PC via Ingworth, Wickmere and Matlaske.
Many thanks to John for leading today’s run. Bike cleaning duties for all today!
41 miles PC to PC (with Andrew C winning gold stars for mileage covered and muddy clothes!)
Andrew B, Andrew C, Geoff, John S, Malcolm
* Geoff had been walking for 20 minutes or so when a passing motorist stopped and offered him (and his bike) a lift home. It turned out that the good Samaritan lives only a couple of doors away from fellow Wheeler Kevin and is himself a keen off-roader!
8 Wheelers met at PC on a sunny early winter’s day for Mark’s ride to Reepham, our leader hoping that mince pies would be on offer at our lunchtime destination!
Against an easing south-westerly we travelled a virtually (almost exactly!!!) straight path to Little Barningham, Itteringham, Oulton Street, Cawston, Brandiston and Swannington before taking a right on to the Reepham Road. We passed Alderford Common and followed Hall Road to its junction with Porter’s Lane at which point we pedalled along some lovely lanes up to the Reepham Road via Whitwell Street and then the final mile to Kerri’s.
There to meet us was Geoff and soon after our arrival John and Kay D joined us and we all enjoyed great service and food (but alas no mince pies!) before 9 Wheelers left to head for Wood Dalling and J&K wound their own way homewards. At Thurning we were momentarily leaderless as Mark turned towards Hindolveston and thereafter Fakenham. Malcolm lead the group to Briston where there was the first split as 2 riders followed the Holt Road towards the coast leaving 6 to go in the direction of Edgefield. Just before Edgefield there was another split as 4 headed back to PC via Baconsthorpe and West Beckham while 2 went cross-country to Barningham Green, Thurgarton, Suffield and home.
Many thanks to Mark for leading the ride and making it a great day out on the bikes!
38 miles PC to PC (Andrew C, Jane and Mark will have to share the gold star for most miles covered today)
Andrew B, Andrew C, Brian, Geoff, Jane, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Mark. John and Kay D at the café.
When the sun is shining you just have to be on your bike! Clearly that’s what 7 Wheelers thought as they met at PC for David’s ride to The Goat! One or two introductions were in order before we set off as Brian (Saturday Club Run and TT stalwart) had joined us!
Wishing to avoid the worst of the mud and debris from hedge trimming David took the group on a familiar path to Erpingham before tracking back to Aldborough followed by Alby and Suffield (by way of the Hanworth Timber Co shortcut). Corvette Kingdom looked closed for the day so having not feasted our eyes on the sleek machines we reached Felmingham and then a direct route to our lunchtime destination.
The service and food at The Goat was to their normal high standards and fuelled for the return leg we left via Long Road minus one Wheeler who followed his own path home! After Tuttington we turned west towards the A140 and used a very short section of this busy road to link with The Banningham Road and then Drabblegate.
Just after Ingworth there was a split as 4 Wheelers turned into Eagle Lane to return to PC via Erpingham and Matlaske while 2 carried on up to the A140 and then Colby, Suffield and home.
Many thanks to David for leading today’s ride – let’s hope we have a few more sunny days like this!
36 miles PC to PC
Andrew C, Brian, David, Jane, John S, Kevin, Malcolm