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Afternoon Tea Run 11th September 2011

With the forecast of strong winds and showers, twenty riders, dressed for wet weather, signed on with John Reading at the Hatton Lay-by. Three vintage machines took part: Graham Hallard with his ‘27 BSA, Brenda with  her ‘29 AJS and Derek Morris on his ‘28 Matchless.Bikes and riders at the start

Martyn Roberts was riding the most modern machine, an ‘83 Triumph, apart from a couple of modern bikes being substituted ‘for off the road’ VMCC qualifying machines . Setting off a little early while the weather was fine, the 36 mile route took us through Leek Wootton, Hill Wootton, Weston under Wetherley, Hunningham, Birdingbury, over several hump back bridges  almost as far as the Napton cross roads.Bikes and riders at the start

Here John had been obliged to cut the route short because of a road closure at short notice, on this occasion in Priors Marston – a problem which seems to plague all run organisers all too often. So we doubled back towards Stockton then on to Long Itchington, past the Green Man, one of our regular finish stops, and on to Offchurch along the gated road, which fortunately were all open.Then we headed towards John’s house through the built up areas of Cubbington and Lillington.John with wife Dreeda and Joan Reeves on the right.

Then into John and Dreeda’s back garden where we were treated to delicious tea and home made cakes as well as scones and clotted cream, wonderful. A collection was made at the finish in aid of Cancer Research, John was very happy to report that it had raised £75.  Thank you everybody. A very pleasant afternoon out, with lots of sun and only a few spots of rain.  (Apart from the run home).The riders and passengers enjoying tea and cakes

Our thanks go to John Reading for organizing the event especially as he is just getting over a very long illness, we wish him all the best for his recovery and hope to see him on a bike very soon. Thanks also to Dreeda and the ladies for the tea and cake. Thanks go to Alan Bailey for the photos.








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