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We had our full complement of 6 on a bright and breezy day for Malcolm’s ride to the coast. We were hoping for no mechanicals today as we planned to arrive earlyish on what would probably be a busy lunchtime during half term week for this popular cafe!
The route followed a well worn path to Little Barningham where we turned left to reach Calthorpe and then Erpingham. At the top of Eagle Lane one Wheeler was keen to go straight on and take a risk with the (inevitably) deeply flooded lane. Our leader was less keen and took the Ingworth route to Banningham. From there it was the lanes to Colby School and then the Trans Norfolk Highway (aka B1145) all the way to North Walsham.
As the B1145 remains closed due to bridge repairs we followed the Lyngate Road to Bradfield and then onwards and upwards to Trunch before reaching our destination after some 24 miles! The Cafe was very organised and was thankfully able to accomodate all 5 of us (Andrew B not joining us due to an afternoon appointment).
The return leg was initially along the Coast Road but then cutting inland to Gimingham and Southrepps. The first split was at Northrepps with two heading off to Cromer while the remaining 3 pedalled via Crossdale Street and Metton to Sustead where Malcolm peeled off towards Hanworth and home leaving 2 to complete the circuit back to PC.
A great day out and great company plus decent weather. Lets continue to make the most of it while we still can!
Alan, Andrew B, Graham A, Malcolm, Robert, Stephen.
PC to PC circa 40 miles (55 – 75 miles max)
Due to Yellow Weather Warnings on Wednesday Stephen’s ride to Wells was rearranged for Thursday. The Met Office didn’t get it quite right as it was raining as the group gathered at PC but we were confident that the keen south westerly would blow it away before too long.
Just 4 Wheelers headed off down Gibbet Lane and on reaching the crossroads at Mill Road it became three as Malcolm realised he had dropped something so he went back to PC for a quick search.
The group of 3 continued on to Kelling, Cley, Binham and Warham. After his fruitless trip back to PC Malcolm wasn’t sure which route the group would follow to Binham and took a different path choosing to go via Baconsthorpe, Edgefield, Hunworth, Brinton, Sharrington and Field Dalling. Despite Andrew Cs best efforts the last of several messages did not succeed in reuniting the group on the road but all was well in Wells as he was waiting for Malcolm to arrive and guided him to Stephen’s house for lunch.
After enjoying great food prepared by Stephen’s wife we bade farewell and began our return leg. Andrew C had set off solo and shortly after Malcolm and Andrew B also left to follow the Warham Road. We met Andrew on the roadside at Binham fixing a puncture but he was happy for us to continue. Our route back to High Kelling was Cockthorpe, Langham, Wiveton and then the familiar long haul to Bridge Road and eventually the junction with the A148. Here was the final split of the day with Malcolm almost completing the circuit back to PC but at the junction of Red Barn Lane and Mill Road he carried straight on to Gresham, Bessingham, Alborough, Erpingham and home.
Many thanks to Stephen for the ride and hospitality – plus this week’s gold star for the quality of the salmon and broccoli quiche!
Andrew B, Andrew C, Malcolm, Stephen.
44 miles PC to PC (70 miles max inc the extra there and back to PC)
(based on Age)
|14. Kieran Jarvis NM||2.03|
|3. Mike Padfield (10)||2.11||2 11|
|7. Nigel Walsh (18)||2.26||2 06|
|6. Graham Denny (17)||2.38||2 33|
|8. Phil Hurr (22)||2.38||2 18|
|5. Paul Harrowing (16)||2.40||2 35|
|9. Rob Kitchen||2.41||2 41|
|10. Pete Farrell NM||2.44|
|15. Ben Johnson||2.44||2 44|
|12. Steve Swindon NM||2.56|
|16. Mary Padfield (F)||3.38||2 30|
|13. A.Coles (F) NM||3.41|
|2. Brian Platts (7)||3.41||3 06|
|1. Sarah Jay (5)||DNS|
|4. Adrian Jay (11)||DNS|
|11. Sarah Sanderski NM||DNS|
|West Runton Hill Climb – 10am|
|1. Sarah Jay (5)|
|2. Brian Platts (7)|
|3. Mike Padfield (10)|
|4. Adrian Jay (11)|
|5. Paul Harrowing (16)|
|6. Graham Denny (17)|
|7. Nigel Walsh (18)|
|8. Phil Hurr (22)|
|9. Rob Kitchen|
|10. Pete Farrell NM|
|11. Sarah Sanderski NM|
|12. Steve Swindon NM|
|13. Abigail Coles NM|
|14. Kieran Jarvis NM|
A “full” complement of 6 Wheelers gathered at PC looking forward to Andrew C’s ride to a lunchtime venue not visited for some time.
As we made our way towards Briston via Baconsthorpe, Plumstead and Edgefield we were pushed along by a tailwind blowing from the north-east. Craymere Beck was a mere trickle, even after the recent rain, and thereafter the roads were surprisingly dry and mud free (mostly).
The group began to feel the sidewind as we pedalled the long straight stretch to Fulmodeston (with Swanton Novers National Nature Reserve to our right hand side). Then we turned into the wind, first to Barney and then Hindringham and onwards to Bale, Field Dalling and Saxlingham. We bumped into Peter en route who was off to pick up his camper van.
After some 28 miles and as it started to rain we arrived at the café, just as Nigel W, out on a training run, passed by saying a brief hallo.
We enjoyed great service and equally great coffee and food before deciding it was time to leave. Stephen headed west while 5 were led by Andrew to Wiveton and then up the hill of Bridgefoot Lane to the junction at the Holt Road where he left us to our own devices. Graham and then Andrew B left the main group shortly after to leave just 2 to make their way back towards PC. A short and not too heavy shower didn’t dampen the spirits and a familiar route was followed to the junction at Mill Road where the final split of the day took place with one going towards West Beckham and the other towards Bessingham.
Alan wins today’s gold star for being the only rider to complete the circuit back to PC.
Many thanks to Andrew for leading the ride.
Alan, Andrew B, Andrew C, Graham J, Malcolm, Stephen
40 miles PC to PC (62 miles max)
|18.5m Hilly TT 111020|
|1||17. Mike Padfield||49.57||46 55|
|2||9. Kevin Watkinson NM||50.12|
|3||16. Nick Partridge NM||51.12|
|4||14. Phil Watkins||51.23|
|5||12. Nigel Walsh||53.37||47 16|
|6||11. Graham Denny||53.50||48 12|
|7||6. Paul Harrowing||54.22||48 01|
|8||13. Phil Hurr||54.51||46 18|
|9||15. Trevor Caley NM||56.06|
|10||10. John Morgan||56.19||45 01|
|11||8. Simon Hardy NM||57.11|
|12||2. Pete Farrell NM||59.55|
|13||7. Brian Platts||1.02.38||48 12|
|14||5. Steve Swindon NM||1.05.40|
|15||3. Amanda Marshall||1.05.55||54 44|
|1. Susie Towning||DNF|
|18 Ben Keeley||DQ (wrong turn)|
|4. Ben Johnson||DNS|
|18.5m Hilly TT 10am||Pick up number|
|1. Susie Towning|
|2. Pete Farrell NM||Y|
|3. Amanda Marshall|
|4. Ben Johnson||Y|
|5. Steve Swindon NM||Y|
|6. Paul Harrowing (no.16)|
|7. Brian Platts|
|8. Simon Hardy NM||Y|
|9. Kevin Watkinson NM||Y|
|10. John Morgan (no.13)|
|11. Graham Denny (no.17)|
|12. Nigel Walsh (no.18)|
|13. Phil Hurr (no.22)|
|14. Phil Watkins (no.14)||Y|
|15. Trevor Caley NM |
16. Nick Partridge NM
|17. Mike Padfield (no.10)|