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Autumn Run

October 4 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm


As of today (20th Sept), we are planning to hold this run. To ensure we follow the new “Rule of 6” guidelines, we have had to make a few significant changes, so please read carefully below.  If you have any questions, please email the Secretary.

  • There is a single route of 49 miles over good roads.
  • We are organising ourselves into 4 groups of 6 people each, so a maximum of 24.
  • The start/end locations are the Udder Farm Shop, Manor Farm, Front St, East Stour, Gillingham SP8 5LQ and Thorngrove Garden Centre, Common Mead Ln, Gillingham SP8 4RE.
  • This is a new bit! Two groups will start at the Udder Farm Shop and end at Thorngrove Garden Centre and the other two groups will do the reverse and start at Thorngrove and end at the Udder Farm Shop.
  • At both start locations, the two groups will leave promptly at 10:30 and 11:00am respectively and we ask those people allocated to the 11:00am group not to arrive at the start before 10:45am.  The objective here is to prevent (sadly) the pre-run mingling and nattering that always takes place.  By the time the people on the 11:00am start arrive, the 10:30am group should have already left.
  • Each group will have an organiser whose sole task is to ensure the group leaves on time.  As all riders have a route map, this person is not a route leader and once the group has left the start, riders are free to ride at their own speed etc.
  • Groups meeting at the same café en-route is discouraged as that would break the “Rule of 6” guidelines.

To support the above, pre-booking is essential with your name, VMCC number and contact telephone number please.  Another important new bit! The run organisers will randomly allocate you to one of these 4 groups and, a few days before the run, we will distribute route maps, GPX files etc stating which group you’re in, where it starts from and what time it leaves. Please don’t ask questions like, “Can I ride in same group as so-and-so?”  It is anticipated that there will be one faster group and three standard speed groups, so feel free to indicate your preference, but no guarantees.

It may sound complicated, but it’s not really, although Ray Dickinson commented, “What could possibly go wrong? 24 old men on 24 old bikes. Let’s give it a go!” 🙂

Finally, this is an experiment to keep us riding in these difficult times.  This is the best your Committee could come up with and still be “Rule of 6” compliant.  Let’s see if this works.  If it does, great; if not, we’ll go back to the drawing board.

Make sure you wave as you pass the other groups travelling in the opposite direction.



October 4
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Paul Wirdnam
01258 860864