Past Events Reports.

East Yorkshire Section.


The Beverley Run.

Because this is the Section's last run of the year there is always a chance the weather will not be kind. Changeable as the weather is a wet week did not change into a dry weekend. The Bishop Burton College had once again proved to be an excellent host. There were plenty of signs directing riders to the entrance to the grounds. Within the grounds there were more signs guiding riders to the parking area and to the all important canteen.

After coffee had been taken the rain had abated and the riders, sixteen in all set off on the runs. I say runs because there were two routes available a short one of forty miles and another of sixty four miles. Only one rider opted for the shorter route.

                                     Shiny bikes at the start.                                  Oldest bikes away first.


                     Braving the weather                  First two back                A good clean needed.


  The two smallest machines on the run. John's MZ and Tim's Ossa.

   Tim managed to fall off his bike before he got to the main York road. Perhaps a spillage of something slippery but no real damage done.

 The Ducati had a puncture but an aerosol repair can was deployed and it did the job. I have used one once and it worked well saving a lot of work at the road side. There were reports of a lot of water in places. Les who is usually first back had stopped off to look in the church in South Dalton. It was built in 1858-61 and has a fine interior.

As you can see it is well worth a visit. Those riders who followed the short route would have ridden through the Hotham estate which the church is part of.


Despite the weather riders seemed to enjoy the ride.

The East Yorkshire Section  hope to see you all next year for a fun packed season of events. Take care.


The Saturday Wanderings.

The organisers had had a bit of a scramble getting things together for this run due to circumstances beyond their control. For expedience sake  a previous route of Allan's was used. Whilst checking the route it was found that a section of road was in a very poor condition and could not be used. This of course meant an alteration of route and a revision of the route card and a final check just to make sure. There was also an earlier confusion with the lunch stop due to two public houses in the area having the same name.

The organisers sorted things out and everything  was in place. With twenty one riders signed on and a weather forecast that predicated a dry day we were set for a good day out in Yorkshire.


Bikes and riders at the start

                       One of the last away.     Approaching Castle Howard.       Adjustment stop.

               Approaching Church Houses.         Feversham Arms.                       Dennis.


The route passed through Thixendale, Leavening, and Terrington. Through the village of Hovingham after which a right turn to Nunnington was taken. Onwards towards Kirbymoorside, Fadmoor, along very traffic free roads, that cut through some very pleasant countryside, to the lunch stop at the Feversham Arms at Church Houses. A distance of forty three miles. A good lunch was enjoyed in good company.

The afternoon route guided riders through Hutton Le Hole, Pickering, and Thornton le Dale and the ice cream stop. From here to Sledmere and return to Tea Pot a distance of thirty seven miles.

                                  Lunch.                    Ready to set off.                     Seen at Tea Pot.

A most enjoyable day in Yorkshire.

Many thanks to the organisers.


The Brian Woolas Memorial Run

(Forest Run)

The weather had not been very good all week leading up to the run. But at 9am Sunday morning it was damp but not raining. By the time 10am came along 21 riders had signed on and still no rain.

                          First to sign on.      A few of the first bikes to arrive.  The first cup of tea of the day.

                   Installing the route card.       Les and Co. First away.        Oldest bike on the run.


The first riders were away by 11o'clock and the car park  gradually became less crowded. The route headed towards Malton and Eden Camp, then on to Thornton Le Dale via Crompton and Newton.

At Thornton Le Dale Peter had reserved an area in the car park especially for the bikes. This allowed the riders to walk into Thornton Le Dale and choose where they had lunch. The bikes were looked after by no less a person than Brian Thompson. We had with us Peter's nephew, a newly qualified driver on his 125cc machine. It was his first outing with the Section and as such he was escorted by our resident backmarkers, Geoff  Ketley on his three wheeled Piagio and Tony Reed, on his BMW and not his usual Honda Cub.

                                              In the car park.                                          The last to arrive.

After lunch the route took riders through the forest. There is now a new arrangement for entry into the forest via an automatic barrier.  Motor cycles are allowed to bypass this and subsequently entry is free for them. On to Troutsdale and Sedmere and finally Tea Pot Cafe. A round trip of about 88miles.

There weren't any breakdowns and the showers did not last long.

 A good day out in the fresh air of Yorkshire.

 Thank you to Peter and all that helped and thanks for coming.



The East Yorks Section Family Camping Weekend.




 Many thanks to Nicola for the photos at the camp site at Goathland.

Everybody seems to be enjoying the fresh air and the usual camping activities, camp fires, playing games and eating.




The July Jaunt


We are enjoying a spell of good weather at the moment and Sunday 16th was no exception. Plenty of clouds about but no rain forecast. Alan who had organised the run had been unwell in the weeks before the run but thankfully recovered and was able to conduct the event with his usual efficiency.


(1) First to sign on all the way from Sheffield in their Morgan.

 (2) Numbers beginning to build up.

 (3) A new member on a Honda taking part in his first run with the section.




In all over fifty riders signed on. The best turn out this year so far. Lets hope this is a sign of things to come.

 Riders set off on the morning route in good time. The route passed through Londesborough, Warter, and skirted the edge of Millington and onwards to Thixendale. The road into the village drops some 300feet in about a mile and it gives some of the best views of the country side in the area.


                            Setting off.             Available only in Yorkshire.  Tony on the way to Thixendale.


Through Thixendale and turn left up the hill to Uncleby climbing some 200 feet in a very short distance to reach the roman road that leads to Leavening. More wonderful views.


                         "Biggles" tackles the climb.    Go Tony Go.   They also serve who only stand and eat.


From Leavening to Stamford Bridge, Barnby Moor, and then to The Plough Inn at Allerton. The Plough coped very well with the riders. Twenty four sitting down to an excellent lunch. Forty three miles ridden.

                          Parked neatly.                              Lunch.                             Overflow Park.


After a good lunch the riders set off on the afternoon route. Some machines took a bit of starting. In particular Tony's Triumph required a plug change for one cylinder before it ran to his satisfaction. Most impressive how ever was the electric start Velocette just a touch of a button and it barked into life.

The route wound its way through the Vale of York via Sutton on Derwent, Ellerton, Seaton Ross, and finally back to Langlands Garden Centre. Forty three miles ridden.

A good day was had by all and many thanks to Allan.

Yorkshire the place to ride your bike.



Mid Links Day Run.

Assembling at the start at Caenby Corner.


Twenty three riders set off on the run, this being the second attempt by the Mid Lincs section to  stage a mid week day run and this years attendance was very pleasing to see. We were very fortunate with the weather following a very wet time over the previous few days, but the forecast held true being the best day of the week so far, later on becoming quite warm.


The route left Caenby Corner cafe, where several members partook of their food & drink. Over the roundabout taking a left turn after 3/4 of a mile onto less busy roads, passing by what looked to be a privately run hospital of which I had no previous knowledge, on through Glentworth and Kexby before turning back towards the long straightish road to Fillingham. This met Kirton top Road then travelling in the direction of Lincoln until a turn towards the busy A15 trunk road.

Once over this road the route headed onto the edge of Spridlington then turning off to Hackthorn before skirting the edge of RAF Scampton where being a bright day it was hoped we may be enthralled by the Red Arrows turning the sky many colours with their vapour trails but unfortunately it was not to be so. Then into Brattleby, followed by Bransby of horses home fame then through a golf course into Torksey where we turned towards Newark before passing over Dunham Toll Bridge, which fortunately is free for motorcycles.

Once over the River Trent the route headed out through High Marnham, Low Marnham on to Carlton on Trent. We then turned left over the A1 on very quiet roads again into Tuxford where it was a short run towards the lunch stop at Markham Moor Truckstop on the A1 junction a distance of 58 miles being covered.




More food at Markham Moor.



 If you had realised on this last section of road it was clear to see Milton Mausoleum over to the left, built by the 4th Duke of Newcastle in memory of his wife being completed in 1833.

Following a hearty lunch & thanking the Truckstop staff for having us we turned left through Bevercotes passing very close by the site of the long gone NCB colliery into Walesby then after passing Gamston Airfield turning towards Retford. Off this road we passed through Upton, Treswell, North and South Leverton, North Wheatley into Saunby and Beckingham. Here whilst checking the route the previous day a road closure was found, driving up to the area of work we talked to the men who were installing a bungalow with a new gas supply. They explained the closure was planned until Thursday evening but it would be OK for bikes to come through and good as their word even though no one was there they had left us sufficient room through the cones.

From here it was a short hop to a pre arranged finish at Harry's where the kettle was already boiling & most partook of his hospitality. Thanks again Harry. From here after the world had been put to rights riders went off home in varying directions.

With this vast improved attendance over last year it looks to certain we will do the same again. 

Another excellent day out in North Lincolnshire and a bit of Nottinghamshire.


Three nicely restored machines. R.Enfield, Norton and BSA.



Taking it easy with yet more refreshments.

 Judging by the sign post I think they might have taken a wrong turn somewhere!

Many thanks to Richard for the photos and report.


Many thanks to all that helped with the run.



Scarborough Bike Week.

Pat Phelan sent in these photos taken on the Ultimate Hill Run on Scarborough week.



The Feversham Arms. Always a good lunch


Father and Son.


Last of the Summer Wine










Wonderful scenery, wonderful day, good company,

and all in Yorkshire.  Life is sweet.





Many thanks to all that helped with this event.



The Little Weighton Steam Fair.

Always a popular event with something for everyone. This year the motor cycle section was a bit down on numbers but it made up the lack of quantity with quality.


                                                        Elgi.                   Manx with Honda 250cc 4                     Manx.



At the fair there where a good number of army vehicles of all sorts of shapes and sizes and manufacturers.

This large wagon had mounted, on each wheel, this odd looking "lever".

Does anybody know what it is for?

Answers via the usual channels. Don't be shy have a guess.


The Summer Saunter.

The weather forecast was showing unsettled Weather and the sky certainly had an abundance of big clouds. As we waited at The Tea Pot Cafe and time was creeping on, Allan was beginning to wonder if the riders were going to turn out. These thoughts were soon dispelled as in no time at all thirty five riders had signed on. There was very little pause even for a second cup of tea!

                              Sign on.                         Tea and a natter               Some of the machines.


Setting off.  Notice how the riders in high vis bibs stand out.


Some of the riders, depending which route they took to arrive at "Tea Pot" reported that some roads were closed due to a race of some sort. Diversions had to be worked out but these closures did not affect the route that Allan had planed.

Once the riders had all set off Allan and me took a short cut that placed us at a point just about three miles from the village of Huggate a saving of about fifteen miles. It was a right hand turn at  a "T junction, that was on a downward slope which in a few yards turned into an upward  slope. It was an interesting place to observe the different techniques riders employed to negotiate this junction.

The location had some interest as well. This was in the form of two large concrete stones and a small wall that had cast into them some writing. The stones are eye catching and look old and have a slight air of mystry about them.

Actually, they’re not as old as I am. I often feel ancient, but they date from the 1960s, placed here by a witty farmer. They have Latin or Latin-like inscriptions like ‘VALLIS WATERMANHOLE MAGNA’. The stepped one says ‘PETROL – 5 FURLONGS’. They are known as the Vallis stones.


                 In control ready to stop.           Big smiles all round.       Not much road left Richard.


The rest of the route, which was about forty miles long in total, took riders to the edge of Millington, through Pocklington. On to Londesborough across the round about into Market Weighton. This historic town was the home of Giant Bradley.

Lunch was taken at The Griffin Inn.

A good car park and very reasonable priced food.




Tuck inn (It's a pun.)




The above photo (left) sums up the day, good riding, good route, good weather, good company, and  the wonderful scenery of East Yorkshire.

Just before the riders started to set off, after lunch a parade of tractors past through the town. They were of all ages, some  small early ones, and some extra large ultra modern ones, there was said to be well over a hundred.


After lunch the afternoon route was a further forty miles. It led riders via Goodmanham, Etton, Dalton, Bracken, and Nafferton.  From Nafferton to Sledmere and then a short distance back to the start at Tea Pot cafe. Many thanks to all that took part. There were no reports of brake downs or riders getting lost. Come again. All welcome.


Many thanks to Allan for another grand day out in East Yorkshire.


The Betty Fisher Run.

It had been raining most of Saturday night and it was still raining on Sunday morning at 8 o'clock, oh dear not a good sign. However by the time we had made arrangements for the dog to be looked after and made sure we had every thing we needed, the rain was definitely easing. On arriving at  Bry - Bett's farm at Rise it had stopped. We were not the first there, always a good sign, and gradually over the next two hours there was a steady influx of riders. A total of forty one riders signed on.

                     Bry's Bantam.                    A few more arrivals.        Dick's Triumph had problems later.

Bikes and people.

Once the riders had taken a hot drink and a biscuit or two, finished swapping news and talking bikes, they were ready to set off on the morning route. The route took them to Withernwick, Mappleton and on towards Hornsea via Hatfield. They turned off the Hornsea road to Bewholme and on to a series of narrow twisty roads that required your full attention. At least one rider had a moment due to wet roads.

 The Mid Lincs riders had problems with Dick's Triumph having a puncture, the cause was found to be a spoke that was slightly too long wearing through the rim tape and then wearing a hole in the tube.

The route crossed the main road to Bridlington at Beeford, after which there was a run of about seven miles to Frodingham without a turn off until the turning for Nafferton. Next was Rudston, Rudston Parva, Lowthorpe and then Kelk for lunch at the Chestnut Horse. A total of forty miles. There are many villages with strange sounding names in this area. This is due to settlers from the Nordic countries establishing farms.


Riders passing through Beeford.


At The Chestnut Horse.


At the Chestnut Horse we were made very welcome and twenty five sat down to a good lunch. There was some hitch with the satellite telephone making the correct connection when phoning in the orders which caused a delay in the orders being cooked, but it was worth the wait.

The afternoon run was a leisurely run of twenty five miles back to Rise via Dunnington, Brandesburton, Burshill , to Dancing Lane in Long Riston and finally to Rise. Dancing Lane was where the village May Pole was erected.  

Alan Frankish having a dip in the "Lucky Bag" Is that a mouse trap he's found?



Alan Barker looks as though he has found something good. That is a surprise!

Yet again Brian and his family did us proud, the hospitality that is offered is second to none.

As a Section we are fortunate to have Brian as a member.



On the "signing on" table there was a collection box organised by Steve and Sue Fisher. Donations from those present at the run raised £40 for the Air Ambulance. Well done everybody. Many thanks from Steve, Sue and Brian Fisher.

                  Another good day out in East Yorkshire.


Many thanks to all who took part.

The Tiger Trot.

Easter Sunday started  bright, dry and with a bit of a nip in the air just right for a ride in the East Yorks Wolds. Despite living near to the start at Newbald, I was not the first to arrive. Gail and I soon set up office and the 20 riders were quickly signed on. The bikes covered a wide range of makes with Triumph model "H" and "P" being the most popular. The AJS R8 of B.Lingard, from Horncastle, may have been  the most eye catching machine. The smaller capacity bikes were represented mainly by Hondas, accompanied by J. Stather's military 125 DKW for good measure.


                            D.K.W.                                          A.J.S.R8              Will they start? Of course they will!


A circular route of 47 :6 miles was planned, the lunch stop being back at the Tiger Inn, Newbald.

The first five and a half mile section of the route ran along the valley towards Walkington. Across the main Beverley road, onto Etton and South Dalton. Along the straight "enclosure roads"through Lockington and then the route headed towards Kirkburn.

              Noel being watched by the tiger in the window.  Heading in the right direction.

Next port of call, Warter, Middleton on the Wolds, Goodmanham, Etton, a up hill section out of Gardham across the A1079.Riders then descended Stone Knowle Hill, a four mile downhill section, and into Newbald for lunch. By the time riders had arrived at the top of the hill the rain began to fall and the temperature had dropped. The Tiger Inn provided warmth and shelter as well as a welcome meal.

As far as I know there were no real breakdowns. One of the Scotts needed the carb. cleaning.


Going down the hill. Note the landscape that inspired Hockney.        Back at the start.


                                                                                                 Lunch.                   It started life as a Honda 90!


A cracking day out in East Yorks.

Many thanks to everybody that took part.Please come again.


The Spring Run.

A lovely Spring day heralded the first run of the East Yorks 2017 season. A new venue for this event was required as the Newport venue was sadly closed. Glen chose the Beech Wood Cafe on the Market Weighton to Holme on Spalding Moor road. It proved to be a popular event with fifty riders signing on. The weather was fine if just a little cold. Quite a few new riders entered and we welcome you all to East Yorks. The machines covered a wide range of makes and capacities.

At the start.


The route followed some fairly straight and level roads in the direction of Market Weighton.

Some roads were in not the best of condition.

Some riders missed this turning to Sancton and had to turn back.(tut tut.)

The first Triumph used to belong to the rider on the second Triumph, Dennis.


Once riders had negotiated Market Weighton, they followed the route to the lunch stop at the Robin Hood, Middleton on the Wolds.


                          First to arrive.          One of two outfits on the run. 

                                                                                                              Lunch                                       Proud to show the White Rose.


After a good lunch, riders set off on the afternoon run. Through Millington , Allerthorpe, and back to the start.

   Cruising through Millington.   


Not running right.

Map out- glasses on.

Which is the short way back to the start?



If you have any photos of the run please send them and I will put them on the web.

There were a couple of breakdowns but all got back to the start by one means or other.

A good day was had by all and thanks to all the riders who turned out.   

Thanks to Glen for organising the run.


Update to the spring run.


Peter had trouble with the electrics on his D.K.W.

He had good support however and the problem was found to be a ignition coil that was not mounted quite correctly and the low tension connection was shorting out.

All in a days riding. Look on the bright side.

It could have been raining.


The Beverley Run.

(Last run of the season.)


A new venue and a new format for this run. The new venue was the Bishop Burton College of Agriculture, and the new format, for this run, a choice of routes and lunch back at the start in the College canteen.

There were showers in the offing and we were blessed with one but fortunately it was not severe and was short lived. Riders were a bit slow in turning up at first but once they started there was a line up at the signing on desk. Riders were offered a free drink at the start. Fifty five riders signed on in total from a range of Sections.


                                  I'm ready.                           First to arrive.                      Queue to sign on.


                A "war time built" bike.            Nice Red Hunter.           One civvy ,one ex WD, DKW.

            Pressed steel primary chain cover.


The popular choice of route was the longer one just short of 65 miles. The first section of the route used the "Enclosure" roads in the area characteristically long and straight with high hedges. First point of interest is Thixendale - that wonderful little village settled in Water Dale. On past the "Vessey Stones". These are large pudding shaped concrete lumps that a farmer or land owner had planted at the edge of a field. Through the large Birdsal estate and onwards to Westow, Leavening and Acklam. At this point route card reading skills were needed as foliage and lack of sign posts meant riders had to be alert. Skirt through the edge of Millington and head for Market Weighton. From here following the general direction of the railway track to Cherry Burton and then finally to Bishop Burton.  Riders did encounter an odd shower but nothing too great !


A tasty good value for money lunch was enjoyed at the college.

Bikes at the start.

There were three breakdowns. An AJS that did not make the start, a Hobart that ran out of fuel and a Bantam that was been ridden by Harry Oglesby, who was celebrating his 82nd. birthday, also ran out of fuel. Both the two strokes were rescued by fellow riders and given a transfusion of fuel. Looking forward to next year, the 2017 calendar is nearly set and will be published soon.

Many thanks to the College for their hospitality and thank you for your support.

An update for the Beverley Run.

Pete , Harry and Tim doing a "Last of the Summer Wine" impression at a children's play ground near Bugthope.  Harry was celebrating his 82nd birthday by riding a Bantam.

If you have taken photos on a run please send them in.