Club Run to The Barns at Walsingham 21 April 2018

Spring (Summer) appeared to have finally come with a warm sunny day hopefully marking the end of what surely has felt to be one of the longest and most miserable winters on record. Our journey on Saturday was to the Barns at Walsingham which is a particular favourite to the day’s leader and to most of the members.

At Pretty Corner we welcomed the return of Geoff the Younger from Potters Bar. Brian P also grabbed the chance of a few more miles to meet with us at the start. Then, down to Itteringham to pick up Robin, Malcome and David C. It was good to see David out again.

Our route was via Mannington Hall, Corpusty, Horseshoe Lane to near Briston and then down the aptly named Sandy Lane. We then turned towards Hindolveston when, wonder of wonders, we met Trevor and Guy. Excellent foresight on there behalf on the route we would take and the timing. 

Down to Kettlestone, across the main road and then past the round church to Walsingham. Here, we added on an additional loop before descending to the café.

 Excellent food and wonderful service added to the weather made for a perfect day and memories of the harsh winter start to fade.

Homeward bound via Hindringham, Sharrington, Edgefield and home.



Club Run to The Hill Top Café at Rackheath 18 April 2018

8 met at PC on a glorious Spring morning for Kevin’s ride to Rackheath. Joining us for a second time was Jane and also Paula both of whom are welcome additions to the Wednesday group and hopefully will become regulars.

The downside of the warm south westerly breeze was that it would be against us for at least some of the outward route but you can’t have it all! We passed through Gresham and Metton and having crossed the A140 to join Topshill Road made our way on the long straight stretch to Thorpe Market. On the way we paused for a tube change after a pinch puncture but the group were happy to stop and chat in the warm sunshine. After Lower Street and Bradfield the narrow twisting lanes took us to Swafield and shortly after, via the B1145 and Little London Road, to the North Walsham Road in the direction of Edingthorpe Green.

We then descended through Bacton Woods and eventually to Honing where we said goodbye to Jane and paused briefly to sort what we thought was a simple mechanical. Kevin’s “loose saddle” turned out to be a broken rail however. What to do but to carry on and hope that both rider and saddle lasted the distance!

The route now took in Dilham, Sloley, and Tunstead, turning right just after the village centre into Tunstead Road, over the railway line and eventually to St James and Coltishall. Already 27 miles since PC – we were building up a good appetite! At Horstead we took a left into Mill Road (where we passed Trevor cycling in the other direction) on to Granny Bard’s Lane and more back lanes before we reached the Wroxham Road and the short sprint to our lunch stop.

While Hill Top is great in cooler/wetter times it is perhaps not the best for alfresco style eating as both the noise and dust from the busy main road is a bit of a pain. Nonetheless we all welcomed our refuel before we set off on the return leg via Swash Lane, retracing our steps along Dobbs Lane and Primrose Lane, before heading towards Frettenham and Buxton where we said goodbye to Peter and Paula.

The 5 remaining Wheelers passed through Oxnead and up to Church Road where we left Robin and on to Tutttington where Malcolm peeled off down Beck Lane towards North Walsham leaving just 3 to make their way to Banningham and a familiar route back to PC and beyond.

Thank you to Kevin for leading today’s ride. Both Kevin and his saddle made it home; he recovered, unfortunately his saddle didn’t and is now confined to the great bike bits scrapyard in the sky (ie the garage) – well you never know there might be a use for it!!!

Alan, Andrew, Jane, Kevin, Malcolm, Paula, Peter and Robin enjoyed the sunshine.

Distances covered varied from 55 miles PC to PC to up to about 65 miles for some.

PS The group wish John S a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him again soon.



Club Run, 14/4

‘The best laid schemes o’ Mice and Men, Gang aft agley, An’ leave us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy!’

The weekend club run bunch have enjoyed a long streak of good luck, so were due for day of misfortunes. They say that bad luck comes in threes and today’s run seemed to substantiate that superstition:

One Wheeler suffered a défaillance that seriously affected his performance.

Another rider punctured unknown to those in the vanguard.

One rider vanished without trace, leading to a long wait and then two of the bunch turning round to look for the missing person. It was then logically assumed that the vagrant had nipped down a short cut to make up lost ground and, while the others waited, had vanished unseen in the direction of home, assuming that he was still chasing the bunch.

These three events combined to delay the club run to the extent that individuals started looking for the quickest way back to base, resulting in only four of the original eight completing the course.

Which is a shame, as the King’s Cafe, Shipdham (aka the ‘King Billy’) is a good venue and the afternoon weather was the best we have enjoyed for some months.

Group: Trevor; Robin; Malcolm; Harvey; Graham A; Geoff; Brian; Barry.

From the Aylsham  starting point and back was 59 miles, although two riders put in about 82 miles, including Graham, who ended up taking a more complicated route than he anticipated from Cromer to the start.

**Club Kit**

We are placing an order for new club kit next week. Planning on getting long or short sleeve skin suits, bib shorts, short/long sleeve jerseys and possibly socks at the moment.

Exact price will depend on numbers ordered but we expect it to be roughly as follows if we get 5 items of each (+VAT to be added to the following), so we will get exact price before confirming order.

Long or short sleeve skinsuit £53 short, £55 long
bib short & short sleeve jersey bundle £65
bid short only £40
short sleeve summer jersey £35
long sleeve summer jersey £37
cycle socks (minimum order of 10) £6

David Carrier will hold the stock and can be collected from him at a time trial or Cromer. If really not suitable when delivered then the club will hold the kit in stock for others to buy.

All will be printed with the attached design (with a couple of minor edits to be completed), with good pads and high quality zips. Sizing chart attached.

Please let us know what you want and size by email as soon as possible thanks!

Club Run to The Dun Cow at Salthouse 11 April 2018

6 Wheelers (plus one soon to become a Wheeler hopefully) met at PC on a very murky morning for Andrew’s run to Salthouse. Foggy conditions bring their own particular hazards so we knew we would need to take a bit more care than usual today!

We passed through Baconsthorpe, Plumstead and Edgefield and just before reaching Briston turned towards Stody, Brinton and Sharrington. The holiday traffic made crossing the A148 slightly tricky but safely across we descended to Binham and Cockthorpe before turning into a headwind to Langham, Glandford and Wiveton.

By now we were all feeling a bit damp (but at least not too cold) and looking forward to the usual good food and hospitality at the Dun Cow. There to meet us was Trevor who had been waiting for some time as our arrival had been delayed by an unfortunate puncture just a few miles from the lunch stop!

Trevor had left earlier for a solo pedal home and on departure, Jane and Peter also left us leaving just 5 to climb up to Wood Lane where we parted with our leader to follow a familiar route back towards PC. Barry left us a couple of miles from Holt and what remained of the original group continued up Bridge Road via High Kelling, over the A148 and eventually to the junction of Mill Lane and Red Barn Lane where Malcolm headed off to Gresham and beyond while Alan and John S dipped, dived and climbed the last couple of miles back to PC.

Not ideal conditions but a great outward route from Andrew and of course good company. Thank you to all.

Alan, Andrew, Barry, Jane, John S, Malcolm, Peter. Trevor (at the pub)

Approx 40 miles PC to PC

Club Run, 7/4

Obviously graduates of the Michael Fish school of meteorological forecasting, two of the Wheelers thought that today was ‘Milk Bottle Leg Day’, donning shorts on a chilly morning with a fresh south-easterly. Thankfully it did turn warm and rather humid in the afternoon, which is a nice change after a drawn-out winter.

Nine riders departed from the Banningham pick-up to push into the wind by way of Tuttington, Swanton Hill, Worstead, Briggate, East Ruston, Brumstead Common, Ingham and Calthorpe Street before refuelling at Waxham Great Barn. The outward bound distance from PC to Waxham was 34 miles, rather than the original lazy estimate of 30 miles.

The pleasant tailwind route back was along the coast to Lessingham before cutting inland to Happisburgh Hall and the little lanes to Ridlington Street, Bacton Wood, Edingthorpe Green, Dead Man’s Grave, Knapton and Trunch before a split in the bunch at Southrepps Lower Street. Five of the bunch then pushed on by way of Thorpe Market and the familiar lanes back towards the north coast.

Bunch: Brian; Geoff; Graham A; Harvey; Ian; Malcolm; Robin; Sue; Trevor.

PC to PC: 62 miles/ Max: 74 miles.

Next week’s Aylsham (Market) start time has been changed to 10.15

Club Run to The Corner House Café at Mundesley 4 April 2018

As the 7 Wheelers waited for any latecomers before departing PC they wondered just how strong the southerly would be blowing on the outward route to Mundesley. At least there was a good chance of missing any later showers even if there were a few floods here and there from the previous days’ rain!

“It will probably be a bit of a boring route today” Trevor announced. Surely not, a ride out with the Wheelers is never boring!

As we passed through Aldborough and then Erpingham everything was pretty routine and remarkably mud free but on the approach to the A140 crossing we encountered our first flood of the day – not too deep fortunately! On the Banningham to Tuttington stretch we felt the strength of that wind but we escaped into Beck Lane making our way via Skeyton and Swanton Abbott to Worstead and then Briggate. A steady climb eventually took us over the North Walsham Road to Edingthorpe, Bacton, Paston, Paston Street and to our lunch stop at the Corner House Café.

There to meet us with the reserved table all to himself was CJ. The usual diverse mixture of topics fed the banter as we fed ourselves with the good value food on offer. Not wanting to linger too long we were soon back on the bikes and headed in the direction of Trunch. We followed the traditional (but not boring!) route via Bradfield and Lower Street, where we said goodbye to Robin, to Thorpe Market. No help from a tailwind here as the southerly came in from our near sides!

On reaching the A140 Trevor and Malcolm left the main group and took their chances with the traffic and the strong headwind on this busy road and pedalled towards Suffield, then Felmingham and home while the remaining 5 continued on to Hanworth then PC and routes beyond to get them home.

Thanks to Trevor for leading today’s ride.

Alan, Andrew, CJ, John S, Malcolm, Robert, Robin and Trevor

41.5 miles PC to PC (max of around 60 miles for some)

The forecast showers did eventually arrive but later in the afternoon after everyone should have got back home!

Club Run, 31/3

Only Malcolm, Brian, Geoff and Harvey made this traditional Easter club run (i.e. cold, wet and double the usual volume of traffic). This was a figure-of-eight route via Erpingham, Ingworth, Silvergate (‘Siggat’), Abel Heath, Tyby, Wood Norton, Upper Guist, Guist Post Office Tearoom (refreshments), Bintree Mill, Foulsham, Hindolveston, Craymere ford, Briston, Cross Street (split), Barningham Green, Wolterton, Erpingham, Thwaite Common (split).

At Little Barningham, the remaining trio bumped into the shamelessly over-geared African ‘tester’ Guy T, warming up for the time-trial season.

PC to PC: 48 miles/ Erpingham (pick-up point) to Erpingham: 41 miles/ Max: 68 miles.

Sunny spells: zero

Consistent with early spring custom, someone suggested a couple of longer runs in the summer. This has become less and less likely over recent years. One way would be for a few keen riders to do an extra loop. Another suggestion would be for a concerted effort to get away a bit sooner on the odd summer day.

Club Run to All Things Nice at Cawston 28 March 2018

With 2 Wheelers sidelined with illness the run to Rackheath had to be postponed. Alan agreed to lead today’s run in what has to be said were less than perfect conditions. So many thanks Alan.

Alan’s Report

Meeting at PC, 7 stalwart riders (5 septuagenarians + 2 younger members) braved the wind and rain for the rearranged ride to Cawston.

We headed down to Gresham, Metton, Hanworth then across the A140 to Thorpe Market and South Repps Common at which point Robert aborted leaving 6 to press on to Bradfield.

By-passing North Walsham we headed down through North Walsham woods towards Skeyton and the Old Goat Inn where Trevor suggested a warm fire might be on offer but we proceeded through Buxton over the A140 again, through Eastgate on to our now desperately needed hot lunch.

However on arrival at All Things Nice it was all things bad. Unfortunately due to staff shortages the cafe was not open!!!!!!! However we were offered hot drinks and pasties – an offer that was gratefully taken up.

Having warmed ourselves up we split up for journeys home. Robin had left us on arrival, Trevor headed east to home, Andrew headed northeast leaving 3 to head towards PC by way of Oulton Street and Itteringham where Brian left eastwards with Geoff and Alan alone for the last leg heading into a cold and very wet northerly wind.

40 miles PC to PC.

Thanks Geoff, Andrew, Robin, Robert, Brian and Trevor for your company.

I’ll try for some sun next time.

Club Run, 24/3

After last weekend’s entertainment, watching thirty fat lads rolling around on the floor with a giant egg, some of the Wheelers decided that they would, after all, be better off riding their bikes.

Eight left the pick-up point to ride to Yaxham Waters via Heydon Park, Reepham, Lyng, Elsing, North Tuddenham, Mattishall and Cutthroat Lane. The route home went by way of Etling Green, Elsing Hall, Mill Street, Sparham, Kerdiston, Odessa and Wood Dalling to the first split on Corpusty Green, from where some headed east and others continued to the second split at Barningham Winter.

The bunch: Trevor; Sue; Robin; Malcolm; Harvey; Graham BB; Graham A; Geoff.

PC to PC: 58 miles/ Itteringham to Itteringham 47 miles/ Max: 66 miles.

One unauthorised deflation and one loose freewheel.

Conditions: generally good for cycling, with just a bit of seasonal chill and a light SSW breeze.

NB: Following discussion, there have been a couple of adjustments made to the club run programme