The 32nd Annual Coast to Coast Charity Motorcycle Run took place on Sunday 24th June with glorious weather, and a good turnout of 149 entrants with 57 marshals. Although the figures have not all been collated, it looks like the run has raised around £1,500 for the sponsored charity Headway (Somerset).
At 10am the riders were ceremoniously sent on their way from Lyme Regis by the Mayor, Councillor Mrs Michaela Ellis, and the Town Crier, Mr Alan Vian. Thankfully, this year, there were no tourist coaches blocking the way, so the start went relatively smoothly.
The route then took everyone through Marshwood, Broadwindsor, Mosterton, Haselbury Plucknett, East Chinook, and Odcombe, to the coffee stop at the Recreation Hall in Chilthorne Domer near Yeovil. Excellent tea, coffee, and cakes here.
Then onwards through Mudford, and Queen Camel, past the Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford, through Bruton to the Nunney roundabout, and then swinging west to Cranmore. The lunch stop was at the station of the East Somerset Heritage Railway, with parking in the sidings. This was the first time we had used this venue for a lunch stop, and there were some last minute concerns about its ability to cope with the numbers. However it seemed to work out alright, even if the parking was a bit tight.
The last leg headed to Cheddar Gorge via the A37 and B3135, then past Axbridge, and across to Loxton, Bleadon, Lympsham, Berrow, and finally Burnham-on-Sea. The route was 98 miles in all, along a great variety of roads, and with some lovely views.
The finish was on a closed section of the South Esplanade in Burnham, where the bikes gathered for the prize giving, ably undertaken by the Mayor, Councillor Mr Bill Hancock.
All in all, it seemed to have been a good day, without any significant dramas, and the feedback we have had so far has been positive. This is encouraging for those involved in running the event, and a great THANK YOU must go to the Marshals who volunteered to give up their time to help. Without them, events like this would not take place. Thanks also goes to those in the organisations responsible for the start, finish, and intermediate venues. Without their co-operation and assistance the run would not have happened.
Many thanks to everyone involved, and hope to see you all again next year on 23rd June.
Coast to Coast Organiser