To the Lighthouse on 29 May 2021

This was the 5th/6th Bruce McEwen Memorial Ride, picking up the threads after last year’s hiatus. Bruce loved his cycling club runs and we know that he would be very pleased to be remembered on an NNW ride.

Eight Wheelers turned out today, including John H, an old club runs pal of Bruce. The bunch rode by way of Gresham, Sustead, Aldborough school, Alby Common and Suffield to Felmingham, where we chatted to Heather in warm late spring sunshine before pushing on via Swanton Abbott, Scottow, Sloley, Dilham, Honing, Crostwight Common and Ridlington to the Lighthouse Inn at Walcott, where the vanguard of the group were already into their Spanish and Belgian beers before the remainder arrived. The homeward leg picked up a lot of little lanes inland from Bacton before dropping into Mundesley, up the drag to Trunch, the back lane to Southrepps, through Northrepps, past Sally Bean’s House, skirting Roughton, descending to Metton, through Felbrigg Wood and onward to Gresham for the final split.

Conditions: glorious long-awaited late spring weather with a refreshing north easterly breeze coming in off the sea.

Group: Neil S; Malcolm; John H; Harvey; Graham J; Geoff; Brian; Ben.

Distances: 54 miles to 102 miles (Ben, who is trying to get some solid miles into his legs in prep for the summer).

Two punctures in the same rear Michelin Speedium 2. There is a rumour that the victim inserted his first unpatched inner tube since 1998.

North Norfolk Wheelers are still looking for someone to organise their club runs.

TT start list 1st June

Remember this one is at Thursford so limited parking in the rough layby shown on the map, but there is parking in Thursford/ Little Snoring if needed.

10 mile Thursford time trial start is situated on the A148 at Thursford. Parking (limited to about 10 cars) and sign on is just west past the garage on the A148 in Thursford, on the north side on the large grass verge, careful as uneven ground (Click for Location).  The actual start is about a mile to the east past the Crawfish pub at the junction of the A148 and Hall Lane (which leads to Gunthorpe) see route map.  Do not turn in the road, turn into Thursford road opposite and cross.  At the end of the TT continue along road, dismount and cross the road if safe to do so or continue to the BP garage and turn around here – no U-turns on main road. The Strava route is here > Route

10m TT Thursford1-June-21 – 7pm start 
1Towning, SusieNNW
2Daykin, TimNNW
3Maynard, JonNNW
4Marshall, AmandaNNW
5Hall, LisaGuest
6Thorold, GuyNNW
7Jay, AdyNNW
8Jay, SarahNNW
9Johnson, BenECR
10Harman, TeresaTriHarman
11Platts, BrianNNW
12Spelman-Marriott, RobGuest
13Martin, MichaelCC Ashwell
14Watkins, PhilNNW
15Kitchen, RobStrada
16Morgan, JohnNNW
17Spooner, BrianVC Norwich
18Hayward, JohnNNW
19Harman, MarkTriHarman
20Mace, CarlTriharder
21Denny, GrahamNNW
22Harrowing, PaulNNW
23Hurr, Phil NNW
24Chastney, AlexStrada
25Stedman, CallumTriharder
26Morrison, KimDrag2Zero
27Morrell, TobyTriharder
28Procter, SamPoweredbyProcter
29Padfield, Mike / O’Neill, JonnyNNW

Club Run to The Victorious Cafe at Little Walsingham 26 May 2021

Words by Duncan who was leader for today’s ride

4 riders met at PC on a windy morning, with a promise of a little rain late morning.

We set off south with a moderate westerly cross wind, crossed the Holt/Norwich road at Saxthorpe, through Corpusty towards Thurning and Hindolveston, the cross wind now a headwind. Graham J then punctured a rear tyre at the end of Sandy Lane. Tube quickly and efficiently fixed with the aid of some elbow grease on the pump from Mark, we got about 100m  further and a few drops of rain began to fall. It didn’t look much, but we decided to stop again to don rain jackets.

This proved to be a wise decision because by the time we reached Hindolveston the rain had become steady and with a strengthening head wind the cycling became interesting. On to Fulmodeston, across the A148 to Little Snoring and then Great Snoring, the rain showing no signs of letting up. The original plan to head towards the Barshams and loop around via Waterden to enter Little Walsingham from the west was abandoned in favour of a short run direct to Little Walsingham and lunch.

Arriving at Victorious Cafe, they fortunately had a table inside although we had to chain our bikes to the railings on the green opposite as the rear of the cafe was closed due a swarm of bees! Thanks to Graham A for the use of a natty telescopic wire lock round all 4 bikes. The intrepid four sat gently steaming in the warm, refuelling with an excellent lunch, before setting off for the return leg. Fortunately all the bikes and wheels were still there although it was still raining and felt very cold at first. Although we now had a tailwind, it was much less strong than the earlier headwind (typical!). On to Binham, Langham and Wiveton, by which time the rain had finally stopped. Then at the top of Bridgefoot Lane/Holt Road, Graham J punctured again, this time the front tyre.

Puncture fixed and after a passing car driver stopped to ask us about the Wheelers (we may soon have a new member!), we set off across Salthouse Heath and down to Kelling, where the two Grahams peeled off to head for home on the coast road. Duncan and Mark climbed the hill from Kelling to High Kelling, across the A148 to Lower Bodham, then West Beckham and back to PC.

Duncan S (inaugural ride as leader), Graham A, Graham J, Mark.

PC to PC 42 miles.

TT start list 25th May

10m TT Pretty Corner25-May-21 – 7pm start 
1Towning, SusieNNW 
2Daykin, TimNNW 
4Marshall, AmandaNNW 
5Williams, Stuart NNW 
6Thorold, GuyNNW 
7Jay, AdyNNW 
8Jay, SarahNNW 
9Johnson, BenECR 
10Padfield, MikeNNW 
11Platts, BrianNNW 
12Comber, Jon NNW 
13Martin, MichaelCC Ashwell 
14Watkins, PhilNNW 
15Kitchen, RobStrada 
16Morgan, JohnNNW 
17Walsh, NigelNNW 
18Hayward, JohnNNW 
19Spelman-Marriott, RobertGuest 
21Denny, GrahamNNW 
22Harrowing, PaulNNW 
24Chastney, AlexStrada 
25Stedman, CallumTriharder 
27Sparrow, JamieKLCC 
28Procter, SamPoweredbyProcter 

Waxham Great Barn on 22/5/2021

Only six riders were tempted out in still cold May weather with some early light rain driven by a strong north westerly which diminished slowly as the day progressed. Four from Pretty Corner collected one at Gresham and another one at Erpingham before riding by way of Banningham, Swanton Hill, Worstead, Honing, Brumstead Common, Ingham and Calthorpe Fen to the very busy cafe at Waxham*. The return section of this anti-clockwise loop was via Lessingham, Happisburgh Common, Ridlington, Edingthorpe Green, Knapton, Trunch, Thorpe Market, Hanworth, Sustead, Gresham and West Beckham.

Group: Ben; Brian; Duncan; Graham A; Harvey and Mark. // Distances: 60 miles to 93 miles (Ben, who is training for the King of the Wheatsheaf title).

*The coastal cafes have become noticeably busier at weekends over the past few years and this trend has been accelerated by the recent return to a semblance of normality.

More observant Wheelers will have noticed that since the April restart we seem to be spending a lot of time in the vicinity of the east coast. This has been due to a combination of no strategic planning and a range of circumstances. Fortunately the phenomenal number of varied roads in that area has allowed us to avoid any significant repetition.

What the North Norfolk Wheelers need now is is a dedicated Strava ride as well as a steadier club run. There must be at least 8-10 keen Strava fans in the club who could make up Saturday groups of six or more, riding on some rather faster roads than the traditional club run contingent.

Club Run to Dollies Bakery at Coltishall 19 May 2021

Five Wheelers met at PC for Robert’s ride on a bright and not too breezy Wednesday morning!

We set off for Metton and after a longish drag with a head/cross wind up to Felbrigg eventually reached Southrepps via Crossdale Street and Northrepps. At Trunch we crossed to Knapton followed by Old Hall Street and Edingthorpe Green. Heading towards North Walsham on the North Walsham Road we took a left into Mill Road to follow the narrow lanes to Spa Common, White Horse Common, Meeting House Hill and (crossing the A149) Bengate.

After Worstead we wound our way along more lanes to Market Street at Tunstead. Now there is more than one Tunstead Road in Tunstead but we chose the one that crosses the railway line and then descends to The White Lion Road at St James. There had clearly been a recent heavy shower at Coltishall and we were lucky to miss it!

The sun came out as we arrived at Dollies and we enjoyed some real late spring warmth as we sat outside refuelling with coffee and baps.

On the return leg it was a straight run to Badersfield and then Skeyton, Tuttington and Banningham. At the B1145 there was the first split as Malcolm turned for North Walsham and home. The remainder of the group continued on to The Crown where Graham peeled off to head due north towards Cromer. The trio pedalled on to Ingworth and Wickmere but as they approached Sustead decided to split 3 ways and follow their particular routes home.

Many thanks to Robert for leading the ride and best wishes to those who were unable to join us today but I know would like to have done.

Duncan S, Graham A, Malcolm, Mark, Robert

PC to PC 46 miles

10m TT Results 18th May 2021

10m TT Pretty Corner18-May-21 – 7pm start 
10Padfield, MikeNNW21.39  20 55
27Sparrow, JamieKLCC21.48  21 57
23Morrell, TobyTriharder22.03  19 23
21Denny, GrahamNNW23.06  21 41
9Johnson, BenECR23.55  21 34
16Morgan, JohnNNW23.57  20 24
13Martin, MichaelCC Ashwell24.06 
22Harrowing, PaulNNW24.34  22 35
17Walsh, NigelNNW24.38  22 13
20Mace, CarlTriharder24.45  22 40
15Kitchen, RobStrada24.46 
19Spooner, BrianGuest25.24 
3Maynard, JonNNW25.26  20 55
7Jay, AdyNNW26.25  21 49
6Thorold, GuyNNW27.01  23 20
11Platts, BrianNNW27.14  22 51
4Marshall, AmandaNNW27.33  22 17
8Jay, SarahNNW27.58  23 13
2Daykin, TimNNW28.16  21 44
5Williams, Stuart NNW28.22  21 00

25m TT results 11th May 2021

25m TT Pretty Corner11-May-21 – 6.45pm start   
27Sparrow, Jamie KLCC0:55:39 
23Morrell, TobyTriharder 0:56:29  53 31
10Padfield, MikeNNW0:56:48  54 57
26Morrison, KimDrag2Zero0:57:12 
14Watkins, PhilNNW0:59:31  55 12
21Denny, GrahamNNW1:00:11  57 42
5Martin, MichaelGuest1:01:44 
24Chastney, AlexStrada1:02:00 
17Walsh, NigelNNW1:02:54  57 07
16Morgan, JohnNNW1:03:50  54 01
22Harrowing, PaulNNW1:03:56  59 25
13Spooner, BrianGuest1:04:52 
9Johnson, BenECR1:05:19 
3Maynard, JonNNW1:06:04  53 42
7Jay, AdyNNW1:08:58  58 01
6Thorold, GuyNNW1:10:54  55 58
4Marshall, AmandaNNW1:11:06  58 29
11Platts, BrianNNW1:11:21  56 24
2Daykin, TimNNW1:13:02  45 58
8Jay, SarahNNW1:13:28  61 33
1Towning, SusieNNW1:14:59  60 32
19Williams, Stuart NNWDNF