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Reading Egg Run, 10.04.09

The annual Reading Easter Egg Run took place on Good Friday, 10th April 2009.  Organised by the Thames Vale Vultures Motorcycle Club in aid of the Variety Club Children's Charity, this event attracts bikers from all over Berkshire and surrounding areas.  Reading agreed a meeting point in Bracknell at the previous weeks branch get together, however I had arranged to join the the West London riders at their rendezvous point in Sunbury and bring them over to our assembly point.
At Sunbury I met up with West London members, Steve and Maureen (GL1800), John (CB500), Jude (Kawasaki GPZ500) and Michael (CBF1000).  I (VFR750F) led the ride down the M3, encountering a fair bit of traffic, to Bagshot, where we turned onto the A322 and headed up to Bracknell.  At the meeting point we were greeted by Taz (Varadero 1000) and Andy (VFR800F).  Once again I led the ride, proceeding up the A329 to the M4, taking the junction 11 turn off and heading up the A33 into Reading.  After negotiating the inner ring road we proceeded up the Oxford Road to Norcot Road and the assembly point at AutoTech in Stirling Way.  Here we met up with David and Di (VTR1000) and approximately 250 other bikes before the run began.  The ride which was very well marshalled, made it's way back into Reading along the Oxford Road and headed up through Caversham to the Reading Abbey Rugby Club in Emmer Green.  Very reasonably priced refreshments were available here and the Easter Eggs were sorted for their respective destinations.  Over 3500 eggs were collected this year.  Two members from the TV show Gladiators were on hand to sign autographs and pose for photographs.  As we left to make our journeys home the rain which had been on and off all day became much more persistent and made my ride home along the M4 not particularly pleasant.  By the time i arrived home my bike was extremely filthy and in desperate need of a clean.
It was a very enjoyable day though and good to meet up with members of West London Branch again.
The assembly point at AutoTech in Reading
More bikers at the assembly point
West London and Reading Members dodging the showers
The scary Easter Bunny?
West London Members at Reading Abbey Rugby Club
Gladiators signing autographs at the rugby club

Please contact Chris Ward if you would like more information about the Branch
either e-mail or ring 07899 967327

Meets at the The Swan, Basingstoke Road, Three Mile Cross, Reading RG7 1AT
on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 7.30pm.

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