Alan’s run to Coltishall.
Alan’s run to Coltishall.
On what promised to be a more or less perfect day for cycling 11 met at PC for Kevin’s ride West to Walsingham.
So we went due South of course passing through Barningham, Matlaske, Wolterton and Itteringham. Just before reaching the top of the hill and the Blickling Road we headed West for the first time bisecting Corpusty and Saxthorpe and onwards to Thurning.
Now Kevin is probably the youngest of the Wednesday bunch and at times it was a bit of an effort to match his youthful pace and so it was as we sped on to Hindolveston and Fulmodeston, over the A148 Holt Road to Little Snoring, Great Snoring and finally The Walsinghams.
For those that don’t know, Norton’s Café Bar is based at The Shrine of Our Lady and is on the lower level of The Pilgrim Refectory, the upper level being reserved for residents. The Café Bar was busy but there was still space enough outside for all, including Geoff P and Chris (CJ) who were there to meet us.
After some fine and friendly al fresco “dining” the 11 (Geoff and CJ having gone their own separate ways) left Little Walsingham for Great Walsingham passing over the River Stiffkey to then head due North in the direction of Wighton.
Now pedalling eastwards we reached Binham where we said goodbye to Barry, Peter and Paula and then on to Langham and Glandford. From here we plunged South via Letheringsett, Hunworth and Stody to Briston where we bade farewell to Robin. The remaining 7 headed in the direction of Edgefield and Baconsthorpe losing Andrew (of his own choosing of course) on the way.
Of the remaining 6, Alan, Alban, Geoff O and Kevin made their way to different parts of the North Coast or thereabouts while Malcolm and David C carried on to pass within a whisper (okay a shout) of PC, the former taking the Gresham, Bessingham route towards home while the latter had decided that a cup of tea in the sumptuous grounds of Felbrigg Hall would round his day off nicely!
Many thanks to Kevin for leading today’s ride.
Alan, Alban, Andrew, Barry, David C, Geoff O, Kevin, Malcolm, Paula, Peter, Robin
53 miles PC to PC. 75 miles for at least one!
A dozen riders took on the challenge on the Norfolk Hills on a cool cloudy night, typical of the summer so far up here on the coast. Fresh from the Tour of Cambridge Mike Padfield took the win by nearly 2 minutes, with Graham Denny second and Phil Watkins third (both with personal best times, and Phil with the best handicap time).
Amanda Marshall got a pb with a time just under the hour. Christine Cooke just managed to find the start on time but failed at navigating around the course, but said that she had a good ride anyway!
There was plenty of banter as usual at the end of the evening, particularly about the excitement of getting to ride in the new club kit next week….
Thanks to all the timekeepers, marshals and riders that helped make this event happen.
|6th June||18.7m Hilly TT|
|MIKE PADFIELD||NN Wheelers||47.36||45.37|
|GRAHAM DENNY||NN Wheelers||49.28||45.00||PB|
|PHIL WATKINS||NN Wheelers||49.50||44.17||PB|
|BRYCE PEGG||Alymerton RC||51.37|
|PAUL HARROWING||NN Wheelers||52.46|
|JON MAYNARD||NN Wheelers||54.22||45.00|
|KATE LUCAS||Great Yarmouth CC||58.27|
|GUY THOROLD||NN Wheelers||59.00||45.46|
|AMANDA MARSHALL||NN Wheelers||59.46||PB|
|TIM DAYKIN||Wensum Valley CC||62.35|
|EDDIE ROBSON||NN Wheelers||DNF|
|CHRISTINE COOKE||Norwich ABC||DNF|
It was good to see Ben out after a long absence. We were also joined by time trialist and trackman, James from Welwyn Wheelers (235 members). Unfortunately, Dave snapped his gear hanger at Cawston and, despite removing the rear mec and extracting some chainlinks, the chain wouldn’t stay in line. This mishap occurred right outside the house of two keen coureurs, who were incredibly helpful in providing various tools and spares in an ultimately fruitless attempt to sort the problem. One of the most positive features of getting out on the bike is meeting people like that. The incident also served to demonstrate just how ill-equipped the Wheelers can be when out on summer bikes. Dave consequently spent a varied day: stuffing his face in All Things Nice; a family visit to a garden centre; weightlifting; dog walking. Meanwhile the remaining seven riders followed a relatively hilly route down to the King’s Head at Hethersett. The return trip ventured a bit further west, climbed back over the Telegraph and followed the lanes back through Reepham to Corpusty and Barningham Winter, where the bunch split in two for the final few miles.
Bunch: Ben; Geoff; Graham A; Harvey; Ian; James; Malcolm + Dave for the early bits.
PC to PC: 61 miles/ Itteringham to Itteringham; 49 miles/ Max: 75 miles.
Conditions: chilly for June; overcast with a stiff northerly breeze.
One snapped derailleur hanger and one cut sidewall, requiring a patch.
JD ride to Reepham Railway, Part the First.
So, in promising weather, eight assembled at PC for a ride to the Railway Café at Reepham. Our leader knew that the wind direction would be favourable for a predominantly southward journey, having already come up from the Aylsham direction.
We headed west firstly through West Beckham and despite having two riders with 200 miles in their legs, maintained a tidy pace until Edgefied, where a puncture (I should have realised that buying a tyre with a brand name “Detonator” was a mistake!) delayed us more than it should have – nearly 20 minutes, mainly due to a sticky valve and a close fitting rim.
On our way again, we headed towards Sharrington (yes, we were going to Reepham!) before dropping down to Swanton Novers to meet the Fulmodeston / Hindelveston road. It was then eastward now until going below the Themelthorpe loop to join the Trans-Norfolk Highway (without which no JD ride is complete) for the last mile or two to the café. So far it was 27.5 miles at 14.4 mph average.
A good range of options here, including a tasty looking chorizo sausage roll, well-received coronation chicken and slurpy tomato soup.
The peloton left our leader here and……..
Part the Second
After some initial confusion as to who was going with who and where, John D headed off along the TNH in the direction of Cawston leaving the rest of us to follow a direct route via Salle and Thurning to Briston. Shortly thereafter Andrew, Alban and Stephen made tracks for the North Coast and the remaining 4 pedalled north easterly to Edgefield and Baconsthorpe where there was another split as Kevin left us.
2 Wheelers went via Gresham and Metton to Roughton and then home, one on his bike the other in his just serviced car. In the end only one Wheeler returned to PC, a gallant John S who completed the run despite a pulled calf muscle.
Many thanks to John D for leading today’s ride which followed an enjoyable route and such is John’s knowledge of the lanes he seemed to be making it up as he went along – probably the best way!
Alan, Alban, Andrew, John D, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Stephen
45 miles PC to PC
At Felmingham church gate, Trevor, Scott, Malcolm, Ian, Harvey and Geoff chatted to Heather and son, Will (who is looking as fit as a lop), before setting off on the 3rd annual Bruce McEwen Memorial Ride to Waxham Great Barn. With the threatened/promised drought-breaking downpour eventually arriving at 13.20, Scott, working his way back to fitness, sensibly threw on a sub for the second half – (robust midfielder Dave C). However, the heavy rain lasted for no more than an hour and, judging by the amount of floodwater passed through in some parts, the bunch apparently got off lightly.
Bruce was that rare phenomenon, a gentleman cyclist. He loved club runs, arguably to a greater degree than any other North Norfolk Wheeler in recent years. This commemoratory ride has nothing to do with morbid sentimentality, but we feel that Bruce would have enjoyed the idea of being remembered on a club run and that seems to be as good a reason as any.
PC to PC: 60 miles/ Felmingham to Felmingham: 40 miles/ Max: 74 miles.
Heather McEwen said “I would just like to say how we as a family (myself, Will and Ed) appreciate knowing you do the Bruce McEwen Memorial Ride. It was great to catch up with some of you on the 2nd June at our church gate, it means a lot to us. Bruce always liked his club runs on Saturdays and also the Wednesday runs. He would tell me all about each trip out. But he did not like it if it was windy! I just read the Club Run, 2/6 report and yes, Bruce would really have liked the idea of being remembered in this way. Thank you.”
IF it is raining in the morning (2nd) we will carry over the meeting and pick up arrangements to next week (9th) – i.e. no change in the PLAN for 2nd, but will transfer the same to 9th if it is raining. The local forecasts are very changeable at the moment, so a case of wait and see. – There will be someone at both PC (9.45) and Felmingham (10.45) on 2nd. As you know, tomorrow (2nd) is a very particular club run in which some people are keen to participate.
The famous five met at PC on a morning full of mist and gloom but at least dryish after the heavy rain showers overnight and warmish considering the sun was nowhere to be seen! With only a gentle breeze from the SW this was never really going to be a factor today as Malcolm lead the group through Gresham and Bessingham en route to Hanworth and Suffield.
We took a right turn to follow the lanes towards Felmingham and in doing so passed Corvette Kingdom but didn’t linger to watch the specialists at work. We had a brief (but thankfully not too dramatic) encounter with a motorist who was obviously assuming that no other road users could possibly use this stretch of road at this time of day. Evasive action taken by driver and group! No harsh words – one of those things, but one that cyclists encounter too often!
We continued on via Skeyton Corner, Swanton Abbott and Scottow to Tunstead and then a took a left signposted Hoveton Hall just after Wroxham Barns along St Peter’s Lane and Long Lane towards our lunch stop. Feeling in no way bewilder(wood)ed we took the short Letherington’s Lane to the main road and then down to Lower Street and the banks of the River Bure.
Although an inside table had been reserved we instead “dined” al fresco. Having made good time on the outward stretch we were ready to leave at 1pm and headed up the Neatishead Road passing “the world’s longest continuously operating radar site” according to The RAF Radar Museum Norfolk’s homepage.
Our route now took us to Dilham, Honing, Crostwight, Edingthorpe, Knapton, Trunch, Southrepps and Northrepps at which point we headed due west towards Felbrigg and then Metton, Gresham and back to PC.
A brisk pace had been maintained throughout the ride so everyone had slightly tired legs after a good day out on the bike.
Alan, Andrew, Graham, Kevin, Malcolm
50 miles PC to PC. 72 miles for the leader.
Despite another cool evening, the light winds and 100% humidity helped four riders beat their personal best times. Graham Denny edged closer to his sub 22 minute target, Phil Watkins was getting back up to speed following illness and Luke Pettit was the most improved rider on handicap. It was good to see a number of guest riders, who are always more than welcome to do our club races. Thanks to the marshals and timekeepers as always.
|30/05/2018||10m TT Pretty Corner|
|GRAHAM DENNY||East Coast Riders||22.20||20.44||PB|
|PHIL WATKINS||NN Wheelers||23.24||21.45|
|LUKE PETTIT||CS Velo Sport||24.02||20.30||PB|
|NIGEL WALSH||NN Wheelers||24.06||21.02|
|PAUL HARROWING||East Coast Riders||24.07||21.38|
|PHIL HURR||NN Wheelers||25.03||21.13|
|JOHN MORGAN||NN Wheelers||25.25||23.14|
|DAN WRAY||NN Wheelers||25.36||20.55||PB|
|JAMES JOHNSON||Welwyn Wheelers||26.35|
|GUY THOROLD||NN Wheelers||27.38||22.39|
|PHILIP WEST||NN Wheelers||28.48||20.55||PB|
With Trevor taking it easy for a while and Brian riding the Peak District hills, only six Wheelers set out from the pick up point for the run out to the cafe at Guist Post Office. After following a radically different route by way of Little Barningham, Plumstead Green, Edgefield, Melton Constable, Hindolveston, Stibbard, Ryburgh and the Wensum valley, the six enjoyed the customary hospitality provided by Duncan and his crew. The return leg took in the lanes to Foulsham, crossed the Morgan training group near Themelthorpe and tacked in and out of the stiff east north east wind to Jordan Green, the Witchinghams, Brandiston and Itteringham, from where three continued north towards Sheringham.
After a murky start, it opened out into a bright and breezy day.
Group: Dave; Geoff; Graham J; Harvey; Malcolm; Robin.
PC to PC: 62 miles/ Erpingham to Erpingham: 51 miles/ Max: 79 miles.
This week’s featured rider: Dave C
Aliases: ‘The Cromer Cyclone’; ‘Brown Sauce’.
Fighting back from a serious crash at the end of a time trial, Dave has once again become a powerhouse rider. Appointed last year to the thankless task of North Norfolk Wheelers secretary, Dave plays a vital role in the well-being of the club. In company with ringleader Scott S, Ben ‘Two ice-creams’ M and Beeston Chris, Dave is one of the ‘Jet Set Quartet’, a fast-living foursome notorious for fast riding, fast cars and high living.
Favourite bike: Cannondale CAAD 12.
Favourite cafe: Mundesley Corner House.
Favourite route: the coast from Cromer to Cart Gap.
Favourite club run food: anything with brown sauce.
Favourite bonk rations: ‘Protein Balls’.
Motto: Aliqua brunneis condimentum?