2023 Bulldog Run
Weather kept us guessing for a while and there was a last-minute go or no-go dilemma, but on the day the weather held and became a rather a nice sunny day. It was good turn out with 60 riders. 36 pre-booked plus 24 on the day largely from other clubs, and a special thanks to our friends from the Waterlooville MC. Best bike on the day for the shield was Alan Topping on his Norton Model 19 1955. This year was slightly different in relation to awards. Alan won on the grounds of being a cracking good bike often used and abused in all weathers and hence not a shiny machine with pimples still on the tyres lounge display bike brought in on by trailer or only coming out on special days. The other 3 prizes were lucky draws, so even ratty bikes stood just as good-a chance as any other and likely explains why everyone returned to the club after the 55+ mile run…although two groups seem to have made it a round trip of 60+ by missing a turn and going off plan. Thanks again to Christine Gant and daughter Karen for doing the registrations, TrevorD for the advance registration packs and for sweltering over a hot grill making us all bacon, onion and egg baps with help from SteveS his assistant, Don for his often unrecognised work behind the scenes preparing the site and the marshals MickG, GeorgeS, RogerL, AlH and DaveT in their new snazzy hi viz waistcoats as run group leaders. Well done to all!
2022 Bulldog Run
Keith Tew took the award for total combined age of rider plus machine. Bob West for furthest travelled on the day and Jeff Swan for best best bike on day award.
2021 Bulldog Run
Despite the continuing Covid uncertainty and caution being demonstrated by many if not most, this event was able to go forward and, notwithstanding, it was a reasonable turnout. on the day. Numbers of riders was not of course like years gone by but at least it was the the start of the new normality. Weather could have been a bit kinder with an overcast morning turning later to rain.
2020 No event on account of Covid-19 pandemic.
Bulldog Run 2019
The brilliant run of fine weather came to an abrupt end just in time to ensure that for the second year running the weather was decidedly inclement which clearly put off many of the usual attendees. However there was good support from Club members and Trevor was kept very busy providing breakfast rolls with back up from Steve and Don , the latter still putting the urn to good use. We did have a fair few brave souls who undertook the run in spite of the rain and our fears of traffic issues on the Birdham Straight were unfounded. All returned safely and Patrick was rewarded with the Best Bike Shield and Trophy for his efforts with Judge Richard choosing the A65 as original and ridden regularly.
Trish Peters along with disabled son Steven presented the shield and explained that they both enjoyed the event and particularly the company of such a happy bunch of people.
Bulldog Run 2018
The event this year was fraught with problems caused in no small way by the Velo35 cycle event that impacted on the usual area of our routes by their intention to close over 100 miles of public roads. Geoff who usually creates the route for this event through his hands in the air, and who can blame him, as there was no way we could get involved with the closed roads. Keith M left to the rescue and came uo with a 50 mils run south of the A27 and clear of the cycling event. In spite of a general e mail to our usual entrants stating that the event would take place it became clear that they were going to have problems getting to Clymping.
The weather decided to intervene with forecasts of high winds and torrential rain which caused the Velo35 organisers to cancel the event. Too late to have any benefit for us although the decision was taken to go ahead and just nine brave souls did the run getting pretty wet in the process. Specific mention has to be made of Mick G’s efforts in riding to the club house, then cooking bacon rolls, before going on the run which he successfully completed. Keith having created the route also did the run along with big Mick and others who included, after much deliberation, Alan Dawes to whom the shield was awarded much to his surprise. Both Jack Ingle and Peter Nye made the trip from Kent with their immaculate machinery which they rode, got lost, had a coffee at Kelsey and returned safely in due course. Our thanks go to them and to those club members who turned up on the day to make sure the FREE bacon rolls didn’t go to waste.