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)

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)

Club Run to The Red Lion at Coltishall 28 August 2019

Run 28 Aug 20198 Wheelers met at PC on a (surprisingly) wet and (not so surprisingly) warm morning for John’s ride to Coltishall. Two riders, including the leader, were equipped with mudguards – a wise decision as it turned out!

The first part of John’s ride followed the small lanes via East Beckham, Gresham, and Bessingham, by-passing Thurgarton and Aldborough to Alby Hill, Alby, Suffield, Corvette Kingdom and Felmingham. After the first visit to our crossover point at Swanton Abbott we headed towards Worstead but a sharp right turn took us to Sloley and past the extensive soft fruit farm. On the way a front wheel puncture delayed us briefly but was swiftly dealt with by nimble fingered Kevin!

We then crossed the main train line (cue for Alban’s air horn impression ha ha!!) and on to Crowgate Street and Ashmanagh, across the Bure Valley Railway line to the Tunstead Road and then Belaugh Green and our lunchtime destination. It looked like we were going to have completely dry weather for the afternoon but too late for the mudguardless roadbikes!

After an excellent lunch Peter left us for a direct route home while the remainder began the return leg via St James, Tunstead, Market Street, Scottow, Swanton Abbott, Skeyton, Banningham and Colby where Malcolm peeled off for a second visit to Suffield and home.

The bunch of 6 continued on to Erpingham, Wickmere and Plumstead and then the long haul up the Barningham Road and Red Barn Lane back to PC.

Many thanks to John for leading today’s ride which included one or two new lanes!

Alban, Andrew B, Graham, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Peter, Stephen

48.5 miles PC to PC

Club Run to The Barns Café at Great Walsingham 21 August 2019

In a change to the advertised programme 10 left PC, soon to be joined by one other, for Peter’s ride out to the best pie café in town.

Warm weather and a gentle breeze is always guaranteed to generate a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in the group so it was unfortunate that yet another idiot of a motorist saw fit to take out his frustrations with the world on us as he sped round a bend shouting obscenities as he did so!

After Plumstead and Edgefield our route took in Thurning, Hindolveston, Fulmodeston, Croxton, Little Snoring, Great Snoring, Little Walsingham and finally our lunch time destination. Peter shortened the outward leg slightly as 2 mechanicals had delayed us, a rear wheel puncture for one and a broken quick link for another! Andrew C and Alexa having cycled on after the first mechanical had taken a different route to the café, pedalling 5 miles further than the main group and arriving shortly after us.

After a very enjoyable refuel a group of 9 began the return journey, Mark and Stephen having left us, and benefitted from a tailwind as we passed through Hindringham, Bale and Field Dalling. After Saxlingham Peter confirmed that we were pointed in the right direction and turned for home while the remainder took a deep breath for the ascent from Wiveton of Bridgefoot Road and Bridge Road to High Kelling (nothing like the 7 mile Cat and Fiddle so this must have been a breeze for Don!)

While one or two had peeled off on the way a group of 6 completed the gradual climb up to Geoff’s Corner where 2 went straight to Sheringham while 4 carried on to Mill Road for a final split where 2 returned to PC and 2 descended to Gresham then Bessingham and their own ways home.

Many thanks to Peter for leading us on a great route and thanks to the guests for joining us!

Alan, Alexa (local guest), Andrew C, Don (Buxton Cycling Club), Hamish (from Liverpool), John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Mark, Peter, Stephen

46 miles PC to PC (67 miles max)

Cub Run 17/08/19

7 Wheelers plus 2 guests met at the bridge over the Bure at Itteringham for today’s run to the ever popular Tabnabs at Mattishall.

The route out was Saxthorpe, Wood Dalling, Guestwick, Themelthorpe, Foxley, Bawdeswell, Elsing, North Tuddenham and Clippings Green arriving at our lunchtime destination just as the wedding party was pouring out of All Saints Church no doubt looking forward to their own festivities!

The route back followed a similar pattern except at Bawdeswell where there was a split with 3 heading off to Reepham and Heydon (needing to get back quickly and thinking it was a more direct route) while the remainder of the group returned via Themelthorpe and Guestwick. However both groups completed the circuit back to Itteringham, just at different times!!

47 miles Bridge to Bridge

Ben, Ben (from Bedford), Brian, Geoff, Graham A, Harvey, Malcolm, Robin, Ian (lapsed)

 

Club Run to The White Horse at Crostwick 14 August 2019

11 Wheelers met at PC on a warm but damp morning for John D’s ride out to Crostwick. Just how wet and how hard might the ride become as the day progressed?

The first part of the route down to Itteringham should have been straight forward enough but an incident with a driver who clearly wanted all the road to himself nearly spoilt the fun. In the end only expletives were exchanged as each party continued on their separate ways.

We continued on to Oulton, Oulton Street, Aylsham, Burgh, Oxnead, Buxton, Stratton Strawless, Hainford, Newton St Faith, Horsham St Faith (where there was a split in the group as 2 waited with a puncture victim while the remainder of the group were told to pedal on), Frettenham and to the pub. Our leader punctured just a quarter of a mile short of our destination and decided to walk it from there and fix things after lunch!

The weather was turning and plans for an al fresco lunch were abandoned so we settled down inside. Peter, hoping to get home before the heavier rain, had not joined us and by the time we were ready to leave it was raining steadily.

John D had already decided to head straight home after replacing a tube so Malcolm took up the reins and lead the group on a direct path to Banningham via Frettenham, Buxton, Oxnead and Tuttington. The pace was quite high mainly in an attempt to keep warm in the worsening conditions! Malcolm followed the Trans-Norfolk Highway to Felmingham and home while the remaining 8 riders pedalled hard in the wet back to PC on familiar roads.

Many thanks to John D for leading today’s ride, particularly in view of the fact that he had lead the NVL group the previous day.

47 miles PC to PC

(Unsure of today’s max but Stephen could well be the gold star winner for the second week running!)

Alan, Alban, Andrew B, Andrew C, Ben (from Bedford), John D, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Peter, Stephen

Club Run to The Horse and Groom at Tunstead 7 August 2019

9 Wheelers met at PC for Robert’s ride to Tunstead on a bright and breezy but cloudy summer’s day.

Just to be different Robert lead us back across the A148 and then down, down to the Coast Road at Beeston Regis to mix it with the holiday traffic! Not for long however as we were soon ascending Sandy Lane to the A148 and then into the Lion’s Mouth descending as far as the back entrance to the Felbrigg Hall Estate. Walkers seemed slightly taken aback as we approached them but they were friendly enough and the only real causes for concern were random sheep leaping across the road in front of us!

Safely through the Estate and Felbrigg Village our route then followed a familiar path to Crossdale Street encountering an idiot of a driver on the way who seemed to want the road to himself and unsuccessfully tried to push (or was that punch) John D off his bike! After Northrepps came Southrepps, Trunch, Knapton, Paston, Bacton Village, Witton, Honing, Dilham, Smallburgh, then the small lanes to Crowgate Street and the pub at Market Street in Tunstead.

It can only be assumed that the kitchen was short staffed as the food was a while coming and the quality variable but nevertheless it was a welcome break and we enjoyed a pleasant 45 minutes or so.

John S left us for home, so 8 pedalled their way back towards PC by way of Scottow, Swanton Abbott, All Saints Skeyton (where John D parted company with the group), Tuttington, Banningham (where Malcolm peeled off for home), Ingworth, Wickmere, Thurgarton, Bessingham, Lower Gresham and East Beckham.

Many thanks to Robert for leading today’s ride.

48 miles PC to PC (85 miles max – Stephen is awarded this week’s gold star!)

Alan, Andrew C, John D, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Peter, Robert, Stephen

Club Run to The Blue Bell at Langham 31 July 2019

Five Wheelers met at PC on a morning that was neither hot nor cold, neither wet nor dry but was certainly a bit breezy and in fact it stayed like that most of the day!

Kevin lead us on a great outward route taking in Lower Gresham, Bessingham, Barningham, Matlaske, Wolterton, Mannington Hall, Saxthorpe, Guestwick, Guestwick Green, Bates Moor, Hindolveston, Melton Constable, Brinton, Sharrington, Field Dalling and to our lunchtime destination at Langham. 30 miles out with Kevin maintaining a decent pace giving us all a good workout – in fact at one point swapping bikes with Barry seemed like a good idea!

The Blue Bell treated us to a great lunch and refuelled we set off for the return leg minus Andrew who had people to meet and things to get sorted.

The skies were decidedly dark and menacing as we headed towards Glandford but the rain held off and we enjoyed another great route via Letheringsett, Hunworth, Stody and almost into Briston before turning towards Edgefield at which point Kevin had his third puncture and was happy for two to carry on while Graham waited while the innertube store was raided once more. Barry and Malcolm continued to Edgefield where they split – the former heading off to Holt and the latter to Little Barningham, Erpingham, Suffield and home.

Back in the saddle Kevin and Graham returned via Baconsthorpe, West Beckham and Upper Sheringham.

Many thanks to Kevin for leading today’s ride – good luck with the patching!

50 miles PC to PC (68 miles max)

Andrew C, Barry, Graham J, Kevin, Malcolm

Club Run to All Things Nice at Cawston 24 July 2019

After a short delay due to a puncture, courtesy of a fine example of a Norfolk flint, 11 Wheelers set off from PC for Alan’s ride to Cawston. Due to some cloud the morning temperatures were set to be pleasant – a different story in the afternoon.

The route out was Lower Gresham, Sustead, Hanworth, Thorpe Market, Lower Street, Antingham Ponds, Felmingham, Skeyton Corner, Skeyton, Badersfield, Little Hautbois, Waterloo, Stratton Strawless, Felthorpe, Haveringland and Eastgate.

One or two in the bunch were running on empty as we arrived at the Café having pedalled a distance from their homes to PC and then a tad over 30 miles on the outward leg. The Café was its usual excellent self and we were all soon rehydrated and refuelled ready for the return.

Peter left us at this point and the remaining 10 followed a familiar path to Itteringham where Malcolm peeled off for Erpingham and home leaving the others to complete the circuit back to PC via Little Barningham.

Many thanks to Alan for leading today’s run.

44 miles PC to PC (60 miles max)

On returning to his car at PC Alan reported his temp gauge showing 41c so yes it was a very hot afternoon!

Alan, Andrew B. Andrew C, Barry, Geoff, Ian W, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Peter, Stephen

Club Run to The Globe Inn at Wells-next-the-Sea 17 July 2019

Words by leader on the day Andrew C

In near perfect conditions 11 Wheelers meet at PC.

Route out via Baconsthorpe to Edgefield where one member punctured. Then on to Hunworth, Thornage, Sharrington, Bale and Hindringham. At this point we had been passed by no cars.

On to Wighton and up to the south entrance of Holkham Estate, the roads being unexpectedly busy. The usual blast through the three miles of the Holkham Estate past the preparations for the Holkham Game Fare.

A warm welcome at the Globe with excellent sandwiches. Thank you to Stephen for his generous discount and we missed his presence.

The return journey was standard, via Warham, Binham, Field Dalling, Wiveton and back via High Kelling. We shed riders along the way but 5 returned to PC

48 mile round trip.

Alan, Alban, Andrew B, Andrew C, Jane, John S, Kevin, Paula, Peter, Robert, Trevor.