Wells Classic Motorcycle Club Tortoise and Hare Run June 5-6

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Published on 4 April 2016 by Tom Wadlow

Wells Classic Motorcycle Club is staging its fifth Annual “Tortoise and Hare Run” on June 5-6.

Chris, who organises the event with his wife Joan, along the help of Peter Crosthwaite, with many club member’s and friends helping on the day, says this run has become one of the West Country’s popular events according to the very good feedback that we again received from many of last years entrants. 

The event regularly attracts over 150 entrants, plus marshals. Again it will include a “Snail Route” for Veterans and Very low powered machines, enabling the “Tortoise Run” to be a bit more demanding by taking in some of the local hills.

The event again starts at Wells Football Club with signing on, hot drinks and pre ordered breakfast between 8 and 9am.

Bikes then assemble in their run groups at the picturesque Market Place before being flagged of in small groups by The Mayor at 10am. The routes take you through some outstanding countryside to a coffee stop at Castle Cary RFC where you can redeem one of four of your inclusive tea, coffee and cake vouchers.

On returning to Wells Football Club for lunch, there is a second run in the afternoon, returning for tea and cake, along with the presentations which includes Class and “Best Attended Club” Awards etc.

There will also be a raffle with some excellent prizes.

We hope lots of people stay and get involved in the raffle as all the money we raise goes to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Last year the event raised £2750.00.

The entry fee £9 per solo rider and £12.00 with pillion for those that pre-enter. You can pre-order food on the entry forms. There is also a limited amount of onsite camping for Saturday and Sunday night by application in advance. There is also local accommodation and campsites where you can stay for longer, to take in more of the outstanding area.

It’s our aim to give the entrants an enjoyable day out, full value for money, and raise some much needed funds for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Now some may be asking what the various groups of the run are.  The idea is that all types and ages of Bikes and Scooters can take part as the event is open to all bikes.

The Tortoise Run - which is approximately 70 miles - is for old and low powered machines of unlimited capacity up to year 1950 and small capacity machines including scooters up to 250cc and up to 1985 (plus a limited number of low capacity modern machines).

Alternative Snail Route - For veteran’s and very low powered machines.  Approximately 45 miles for the day on fairly level countryside, starting and meeting with the other groups for coffee, lunch etc. This group allows us to make the “Tortoise Run” a little more demanding.

The Hare Run is approximately 115 miles. It’s for machines over 250cc. up to year 2000 plus a limited number of modern machines.

Organisersare also looking for some marshals, so why not sign up.

You can head to our website to download entry forms and find further club details at www.wellsclassicmotorcycleclub.co.uk 

Direct all your enquiries to tandhwcmc@hotmail.co.uk. You can also apply by post by sending an SAE to WCMC c/o  C. Weeks .5 Hooper Avenue. Wells. Somerset.BA5 3NA. The entry closing date is May 12 for inclusion in the brochure and Club Award”. 

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