W. Bro John Speak on his TriumphSome of you might remember that W. Bro. John Speak of Lord Roborough Lodge No. 5789 gallantly rode his Honda C90 Motor Cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End in 2019 raising a tidy sum in sponsorship for the Devonshire 2023 MCF Festival.

Well, John is at it again and is about to rise to another challenge, only this time on his own and riding a bigger and possibly more comfortable machine. Here are some details of John's challenge...

My last Festival Charity ride was in August 2019 which I did John O'Groats to Lands End on the Honda (step thro) C90 Cub (1996 model). That was just over the 1000 miles and took 7 days to complete.


So, thinking of the Festival support and the finish year, I thought that 2023 miles to match would seem a reasonable challenge in again the same 7 day timeframe. But !! this time doing these miles would have to do it on something a little bit quicker and so I have an old air cooled Triumph Bonneville T100 which would get me round in this timescale, and that I would have to average around 290 miles per day, so a reasonable test, again in sense of humour and physical test, (I,m 72 now so feel it’s a fair challenge).

I'm aware that this event is a more biking orientated regarding fundraising but feel it’s an alternative and interesting event.
The route would be up through central England then around the Classic Scottish North West 500. Next section will be down the East side of the country through the Lakes and then Wales, and getting back home to Plymouth Hoe around mid-day Saturday.

My friend Rod has had to pull out of the trip so as well as being unsupported I’m on my own so a real one-man band. As Rod’s not coming, I’m splitting the 1st days ride, which was to have been over 400 miles, in two. So starting the challenge at mid-day Friday 29th April and finishing on Saturday 7th May.

Any Sponsorship donations can be done on the Devonshire 2023 MCF Site (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/John-SPEAK2) and there’s a “Donations” Box you can click into. So, if you can very kindly donate anything and especially after Covid restrictions and lockdowns etc, and our present uncertain time, I would be very appreciative. Thank You. If you cannot go through any links etc. then please contact me on facebook in Freemasons and I can send you my bank details if that makes it easier. Also I am trying to do a daily “blog” on F/B as I travel round which may be a giggle.

We have been blessed by the Festival support so having a last gasp go at giving something back.

Brethren - Please download the attached Flyer and help John on his way by sponsoring him on this second adventure.

Go for it John and safe journey.

W.Bro. K. G. Williams A.G.D.C. Prov.G.D.C.
Festival Events Co-ordinator