To TA East members and friends
From Ferg Muir

With the Met Office forecast for 29 Jan to 7 Feb including words like “warmer” and generally indicating a return to normal winter weather I hope now is the time to urge you to contact Martin Badham to book your places at the lunch. Just 21 booked at the last count.
It is at the Manger in Bradfield Combust, near Bury St Edmunds. Full details on the Activities page of the TA Website and repeated at the end of this newsletter.

The Racing Year Gets Under Way -Trikes in the CC Breckland New Years Day 10
Looking at the snow outside the window it is quite hard to remember that it was dry, sunny and not particularly cold for the Jan 1st “10”. There was, however, a strong wind blowing pretty well dead down the course. Soon after the start I found I had no gear high enough for the speed at which I was being swept along by the wind. Momentary elation was soon replaced by the grim realisation that it was going to be VERY hard coming back. And so it proved.
All the same, conditions were as good as one could reasonably hope for in January. Don Saunders brought out his Flying Gate tricycle and propelled it round in 28:02 to keep the Fastest Trike prize in the Breckland. I (Ferg Muir) did 34:31 and Chairman Badham 40:47.

Starting at Number 3 in a field of only 32 in total did not leave much opportunity to get photos. However I had a cunning plan. I wrapped my cheap reserve camera in a poly bag, put it in my back pocket, got to the start before Number 1, Don Saunders, was due to go and got myself in position for a photo of him starting off. The sun was shining and in a perfect position. A photo of the Chairman of the East District of CTT setting off on the first event of the year on an unusual machine with lady timekeepers to provide PC balance. It should be dead cert for publication. Don lined up, the count-down began, I pressed to shutter to focus…..and the camera perkily informed me “No memory card”
I had left it in the card-reader at home. I had another camera at the HQ, but there was no time to get it.
In the end pictures of end-of-the field bicyclists returning to the HQ had to do.

The Club Meet Year Gets Under Way – To Thornham Forge and Billingford Horseshoes

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A foggy morning but a reasonable forecast. And the weather started to get better almost as soon as I got off the train at Diss. The sun broke through; everything was fresh and glistening with dew-drops. Glad confident morning indeed. (With luck there may be a photo in the East Gallery of the TA Website). Kept stopping to take photos. Caught up the Chairman, who had ridden the 30 miles from Horsford.
We found Roy Prockter, Andrew Pattle, Richard Hall and Adrian Perkin and joined them in coffee and cake.
Coming out we found the weather deteriorating and the fog returning.

Webmaster’s note: Further pictures in East Gallery

But there is no need for any words to describe our ride to Billingford, for there is a brilliant video by Andrew Pattle to be seen at youtu.be/xIAJ-9AIuY8.
It has been very wittily edited – down to nine minutes – and really is not-to-be-missed.
Watch carefully when a tractor and mounted plough is dimly seen ahead through the mist.

Well, we all kept our heads, and arrived safely at Billingford Horseshoes, where we were joined by Christine and Charles Willmets respectively SPOCO EAST coordinator and East Anglian VTTA Webmaster, who now have a second home in south Norfolk.
After a good meal and several pints those of us who remained thanked the landlord and set out for home. As we were unlocking our trikes Richard Hall, who had been last to leave, quietly enquired “Have you paid for your meals”
The words sunk in and with one accord we about-turned and trooped back in and settled up. Fortunately the landlord has a sense of humour.

RON FISHER TROPHY FOR MILES – CONGRATUATIONS to Martin Badham for winning this trophy for East Region members with 3371 miles, in spite of being off the trike for months after his walking accident. Incidentally 81 year-old Alan Nye (7216) would have taken the trophy, except that he had elected to be classified as Thames Valley Region.
Hope more East members will record their miles this year – I am

NOW – below are the details of the EAST LUNCH. Do join us. And if that is not possible, feel free to drop in at the Appetiser at Lavenham or at the Manger for a quick hello and a drink.

Date: 3rd Feb 2013 
Details: TA EAST LUNCH – The Manger Bradfield Combust, South of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Bradfield Combust is on the A134, 6 miles south of Bury St Edmunds.
OS Sheet 155. Grid ref TL893574. Postcode IP30 0LW

£12 per person, please contact Martin Badham,
9, St Pauls Close, Horsford, Norwich, Norfolk NR10 3HG
Tel: 01603 897738 martin.badham@talktalk.net

Chairman’s appetiser run:
Meet at ‘Sweetmeats’ café above sweetshop in Water Lane, opposite kitchen door to ‘The Swan’. Approx.10:30 in Lavenham.

Best wishes to you all.
Ferg Muir 01603 615000 fergusmuir@btinternet.com


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