On Easter Sunday after a two year break due to Covid regulations, the Widows Sons MRA Grand Chapters of Devon and Kernow held the 25th Egg Run. All members of the Widows Sons MRA are Master Masons who love to ride bikes. The aim of the ride is to raise money for local charities and provide as many Easter eggs as possible for local children who otherwise probably wouldn’t receive one. Every rider who takes part is asked to bring an Easter egg and pay £5 entry fee.
After a two year break we were unsure how many bikers would come, but we were truly overwhelmed by the response from the bikers of Devon and Cornwall. In true biker spirit, over 500 bikes of every size and description arrived, many travelling long distances to get to the start, with the riders asked to bring an egg and paying to go for a ride.
Unusually, the weather was kind to us and the sun shone all day. Two other essentials, a catering van and portaloos were on site, the queues for both were long!
After weeks of planning and route preparation, at 11 o’clock, W. Bro Graham “Wolf” Holtum, with the Easter Bunny in the sidecar of his Ural, led the procession from Davidstow Airfield. The bikes were led around a 60 mile route, taking in some of the most spectacular countryside that Cornwall offers. Every junction and roundabout had a Marshall present to keep everyone safe and going in the right direction. Hundreds of spectators lined the route, as they do every year – presenting an ideal opportunity for the collecting buckets to come out!
The ride always ends at the Bowden Derra residential home, where the residents and their carers and families get a great amount of pleasure seeing all the bikes arrive. The staff set up a BBQ and every rider gets a burger and coffee or soft drink, making all the riders very happy. Fortunately no salad substances were in evidence.
At 3 o’clock we drew the raffle, having sold hundreds of tickets during the day. There were some superb prizes, including a GoPro camera, a bike tracking system, a helmet and many other prizes all very generously donated by local businesses, who we cannot thank enough.
At about 3.30 the riders begin to depart, some facing a 100 mile ride home, and the clearing up begins. All the route signs are collected, equipment packed away and eventually the Widows Sons retired to the pub for a well earned dinner and pint.
Grateful thanks must go to all the members of the Widows Sons MRA who took part in the organization and conduct of the day, particularly those who did the route preparation and marshalling, which took many hours. Also thanks to the wives and partners who made the key rings, marshalled, ran the raffle and tombola and helped in many other ways.
The final count isn’t finished but so far we have raised over £4,500 for our nominated charities which is a great achievement. We will now start preparing for next year!
Keith Rigby PPrGSuptWks
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