Club Run to The Three Swallows at Cley 23 June 2021

Words by Duncan – leader of today’s ride

6 riders met at PC for Malcolm’s last ride with the Wheelers before his move at the end of this month to St. Olaves. It was a glorious morning, with blue skies, very little wind and warm.

We set off south towards Edgefield via Baconsthorpe, crossed the Holt/Norwich road and headed for Hunworth. From there we pedalled through Stody and Brinton, crossing the A148 near Sharrington. There were a few sand and gravel patches on the lanes following the rain last week and at the weekend, but all were negotiable with care, no-one came off or punctured and the Norfolk countryside looked wonderful in the strong June sunshine.

We continued on through Bale and Hindringham and then the group made a decision that rather than loop round to Wighton, Warham and Binham as originally planned, we would head straight to Binham. The decision was partly driven by the fact that a big party was due to arrive at the pub in Cley at 1pm and we wanted to get in first!

On the straight run down to Binham a couple of riders took the opportunity for a bit of a sprint, the team regrouping for the climb to Langham. Then the decent to Wiveton and on to Cley for lunch. Andrew C joined us, having made the long trek on foot from his house round the corner! We hope to see him back on the Club Runs before too long.

After a satisfying lunch in the garden of The Three Swallows, Jane and Andrew C set off for home and the 5 remaining riders climbed to High Kelling and crossed the A148 to Lower Bodham. A few miles after this, Malcolm and Mark peeled off to head for home. Robert, Kevin and Duncan S headed for Upper Sheringham, dropped down to the coast past Kevin’s House and then Robert turned right for home at the Coast Road junction and Duncan turned left to head for Holt on the A149.

We all thank Malcolm very much for his leadership over the years and wish him all the very best for the house move at the end of this month. We also thank Andrew B for taking up the mantle and wish him all the best in that endeavour.

Riders: Malcolm, Mark, Jane, Robert, Kevin, led by Duncan S

PC to PC 31 miles (54 miles max)

Note from Editor

Not only was this my last Club ride for a while but also my last as “Editor in Chief” of the Wednesday Run reports! I have really enjoyed organising the Wednesday Runs over the last 4 years but of course they wouldn’t be fun without a great bunch of people – thank you! I hope that I’ll be able to join you on a Club Run from time to time. I’ll keep in touch and will certainly be keeping my eye on the NNWCC website.