Monday 23 December 2013

Cambridge Bikers Christmas Toy Run 2013

It had been planned for sometime, and of course it was all fingers crossed but to wake to wind beating the rain hard against the window gave us that sinking feeling. All we hoped was that the weather would improve - as forecast, as we were about to take part in the first revival run of the Cambridge Bikers Christmas Toy run to Addenbrookes hospital and the complication of rain might just make less-hardy bikers think twice about taking part.

As we left home, the rain was still falling heavily, our red Father Christmas over-bike-coats were soaking it up like a sponge - what ever were we doing? We pressed on and as we drew nearer to Cambridge the sky began to lift, and so did our spirits - it would be so worthwhile. Bringing joy to those children who unfortunately would have to spend Christmas in hospital.

We needn't have worried as shortly after we arrived at the meeting point at Anglesey Abbey, the cavalcade of hi-vis police motorcycles arrived, making the whole event start to feel more 'happening'. From then on, hardly a moment went by without another set of wheels arriving and parking up in neat rows. One particular arrival was very welcome too - the sun at last!

Bikes arrived bedecked in all things Christmassey, both on the front...

...and on the back.

Allegiance with machines was no barrier to joining in this event, anything from cruisers... scooters.

Santas arrived in anything from full-length cloaks to onesies.

Head gear also amazed with its variety...

...although one candidate for the best 'bah-humbug' costume clearly looked too happy and so the prize went to...

(...check further down and you will find out!)

The day was all about having a good time and spreading some  joy for Christmas...

...even if the often perceived macho view of bikers was shattered by having Barbie as a pillion!

Just time for a 'groupie' (and I resisted the temptation to photo-bomb)...

...before the briefing and preparing for the off.


The plan was to ride in convoy from Anglesey Abbey to Addenrookes.
The well natured ride out got off to Santa-stic start!

Out onto the open roads, the convoy of around 150 motorbikes...

stretched forwards...

...and backwards as far as the eye could see.

The police riders cleared a route through the traffic, the occupants of stationary cars smiled, tooted and waved, as did many by-standers. There was a great sense of camaraderie and feel-good as we all pressed on towards Cambridge....

..and then finally Addenrookes Hospital.

Just time to catch one for the record and say a huge thank you to the police riders, many of them giving up their spare time to accompany the Christmas Toy Run.

A mass hospital admission of santas...

...and an Elvis (who hadn't left the building as he had won the best 'bah-humbug' prize)

However, 'bah-humbug' was not in evidence judging by the generosity of all the riders.

And finally, to round off, a few Christmas ditties to get everyone into the mood.

Once again, the biking community had pulled out all the stops - an amazing crowd. So glad to have been part of it.

So it remains to thank the organisers and everyone who turned up to make it what it was but most important,
wish all those children a very Happy Christmas and a hope for a return to health in the New Year.

Please note, all images are © Ailec Photography - copies are available by request


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