June/July 2021 Activities
Chairman's Run (Vice) 18th July 2021
The run this year was organised by Paul Feldon and his family. A total of 15 riders signed on at the Blue Bell Inn at Bishopton, with refreshments avilable, which was a pleasant change, and of course the usual questions at the start.
The morning route took us east through Hutton Rudy, Potto with a coffee stop and more questions at Lord Stones cafe at the top of Carlton Bank, excelent views on the way up if you can take your eyes of the road for a second. After the questions from Dave Alison, off we went through Chop Gate then on to Ingleby Greenhow via a scenic road, then through Castleton and on to the village of Ainthorpe to the Fox & Hounds for the lunch stop and yet more questions (something about a Silent Grey Fellow from Miller Street) don't ask
The return back to Bishopton was fairly uneventful apart from the clutch on my Norton decided to stop working and had to be adjusted several time along the route back, until no more cable adjustment was left. Hopefully now sorted with another pushrod.
After waiting for stragglers at Bishopton, Paul finally announced the results - available here
All in all an excellent day with very hot weather. Thanks to Paul and family for the organisation, and the marshalls Dave & Shirley Alison and Steve Feldon
Photos to follow
June /July South Durham Section activities. June ended with an evening social run on Wednesday the 30th when we had a sunny warm evening run round the back lanes, unknown roads to some, never more than 15 miles from we Darlington we did about 50 miles of pleasant rural bimbling.
The following weekend was the Not The Northumbrian Gathering which was attended by a large South Durham contingent. We had an afternoon run on Friday to Newton- by- the-sea followed by pies and peas with mash and gravy in the South Durham Ghetto, with guests.
Saturday was a social run around rural Northumberland with lunch at Alwinton followed by the famous South Duham Barbie organised and hosted by the Family Feldon with Babie chef extordinaire Paul this year assisted by his brother Steve. There was food enough to bust a gut followed by Sambuca and the traditional song, all for a pittance, marvellous
Sunday was a run to Eyemouth to see the seals in the harbour and then off home for most of us.
The following monday evening was the Sunset Run hosted by Howard and Liz Duddles from Middlesborough Motor Club. It was indeed a sunset run with a superb route through the Cleveland hills giving views to the sea, over the North Yorkhire moors and as far as the Dales. This feast for the soul was followed by a feast for the body with delicious home made pie and peas at the end. The only downside is that Tom Norman was allowed to win on a TWO STROKE aagh!
There was heavy rain as we started home so Paul and myself decided to go back by main road, as we past Stockton my bike started to miss, presuming it was water so i just carried on until flames were shooting out of the right hand side, very illuminating. Upon investigation the central electrode of the plug had gone for a wonder, a quick plug change and home safe.
Thursday the 8th of July was our ride in night, we had over 20 bikes out and for the first time ever we never lost anyone. Was it due to Victoria being tail end Charlie ? Who knows. Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to Racheal and Craig at the Cricket Club who are moving to pastures new. It just means we have to train another set of stewards.
Sunday the 11th was the 75th anniversary ride in to Allendale which was officially cancelled due to the pandemic
As excpected a few individuals did turn up, but only from The South Durham Section, nevertheless myself, Tom Norman and Peter Griffiths had a good ride out and convivial lunch.
Evening Social Run 14th July. Seven riders set off from the Cricket Club on a warm sunny evening to have a run around the "lanes" lead by Brian which turned out to be a tad rough in places. After aproximately 40 miles we had got all the way to Barton, obviously not by a direct route. After refreshments at Barton following the long and arduous distance we had covered, some went home, four went on to the Chequers at Dalton to arrange the concours event, at least that was the excuse.
For a change here'a photo, I'm the shadow taking it.
What should have been the Quaker Run
Sunday the 16th of May should have been The Quaker Run but due to the continuing restrictions we could not have the traditional format.
However a small number of riders did meet at Reeth around 12 noon in marvellous warm sunshine as ordered. Perhaps others believed the weather forecast which wrongly gave rain all day, wrong as usual.
Gerry Beer, Paul Feldon, Mike Carruthers, Eric Alderson. Jon and Susan Warren along with myself had a very convivial hour or so as we were joined by non motorcycle friends who just happened to be passing also enjoying a lovely day.
On our return we passed through Manfield and we could see a very black threatening cloud over Darlington. At Blands corner Paul and myself took the ring road which looked a better option whilst Mike went through the town. We just skirted the storm catching the edge of it, Mike got the lot going through the town and as an added bonus Paul and myself had our waterproofs on, Mike didn't, oh joy.
Edit - I did have them and put them on when the hail started, but a tad too late, although Paul told me I didn't need to as they were wearing theirs which would therefore prevent rain - What a load of rubbish - Mike
As usual those that didn't turn up were the losers.
As nobody took any photos here's some from Quaker 2012
The Unofficial Boxing Day Run Dec 2020
The official traditional Boxing Day run was cancelled because of current problems, however 4 riders turned up individualy.
Gerry beer turned up an hour early because he hadn't changed his bike watch since the clocks went back, good to know somethings don't change and section members can still excel in buffoonery.
He was joined by myself with Angela, Peter Bates from the Northumbrian
Section and Howard Duddles as well as the Feldon posse and Eric and Vera Alderson from Hawes in cars.
There weather was dull, not too cold and most importantly it didn't rain
or snow. The roads we damp with no snow, ice or salt. There were very
few people about and it was good to get out on the bike again.
Wemanaged to observe all current advice and rules. It was well worth the
ride out for fresh air and to meet people.
As nobody took any photos I dug these out from 2005 a reminder of the way it was - MC