The 33rd Annual Coast to Coast Charity Motorcycle Run took place on Sunday 23rd June with a turnout of 137 entrants, with 75 marshals and helpers. Unfortunately several of our long-term entrants could not make it this year, for a variety of reasons. Michael Deuper from Germany came off his bike on his way from home to the Channel, and ended up in hospital with a broken collar bone and other minor injuries. Fortunately he is on the mend, and we wish him a speedy recovery.
Although the figures have not all been collated, it looks like the run has again raised around £1,700 for the sponsored charity - Headway (Somerset). This doesn’t include those donations put directly into the Headway collecting boxes. So many thanks to everyone for their contributions.
At 10am the riders were ceremoniously sent on their way from Lyme Regis by the Mayor, Councillor Mr Brian Larcombe MBE, and the Town Crier, Mr Alan Vian. For a change, this year the route turned left out of the car park, thereby largely avoiding the hassle caused by the traffic lights to the right.
The route then took everyone through Axminster, Crewkerne, East Chinook, and Odcombe, to the coffee stop at the Recreation Hall in Chilthorne Domer near Yeovil. As usual the excellent tea, coffee, and cakes were much appreciated.
It was then onwards past Martock to Long Sutton and Langport, cutting back through Somerton to Castle Cary, then past the Bath & West Showground to the lunch stop at Dobbies Garden Centre on the edge of Shepton Mallet. Here things didn’t quite go to plan as there was a problem with the gas supply on site, and the usual hot meals weren’t available. However I didn’t hear of any complaints so what was on offer must have been ok.
The last leg headed through Wells to Cheddar, then through Wedmore and Highbridge to Burnham-on-Sea.
The finish was on the usual closed section of the South Esplanade in Burnham, where the bikes gathered for the prize-giving, ably undertaken by the Mayor, Councillor Mr Andy Brewer. Refreshments were offered by the Headway people. However, the catering gremlins struck again. Their hot water urn malfunctioned, so hot drinks were off the menu.
96 miles covered, along a variety of roads, and it all ran more or less to time. There was only one significant breakdown that I am aware of, and that was a puncture that happened only few miles from the finish. Unfortunately the bike involved was a Honda Goldwing. Rumour has it that it took four people to get it onto the recovery trailer!
It seems to have been a good day on the whole, despite the catering problems, and the feedback we have had so far has predominantly 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 in various capacities. 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 could never have been organised.
Many thanks to everyone involved, and hope to see you all again next year. The provisional date for the Coast to Coast 2020 is now Sunday 28th June. Please note that the date given in the programme is no longer correct.
If anyone involved in the run wanted a year bar, but didn’t pick one up, please get in touch because there are some still available.
Coast to Coast Organiser