Rides Out 2024


Sunday rides out start from Durham Services (A1M) Bowburn. Meet at 9:30am for 10:00am start

Tuesday rides out start from Bowburn Hall Hotel. 6.45pm for 7:00pm start

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Rides Out
Date Leader Phone
Sunday 23rd June Richard Watson 07766 735 961
Sunday 7th July James Finlinson 07813 797 939
Tuesday 16th July Chris Mayes 07500 362 322
Sunday 21st July Iain Thompson 07746 482 795
Sunday 4th August Les Brown 07873 538 707
Tuesday 13th August TBA TBA
Sunday 18th August Gary Stockill 07989 302 940
Sunday 1st September Dave Cowton 07712 005 508
Tuesday 10th September TBA TBA
Sunday 15th September Dale Robertson 07963 525 422
Sunday 29th September Keith Brain 07714 711 701

All rides out use the Drop Off System (see below) to ensure a smooth and safe ride.
This will be explained by the Ride Leader, if necessary, before starting the ride.

Drop Off System
Drop Off System

The “Drop Off” System of group riding ensures progress whilst allowing the group to stay together even though there may be quite some distance between the Ride Leader and the Tail End Charlie. The whole idea behind the drop off system is to provide a series of moveable signposts for all the riders in the group to follow, irrespective of any gaps which have occurred on the ride, so that riders don’t have to “keep up” with the rider in front. It acknowledges the fact that the ride can get strung out over a long distance due to a variety of reasons – e.g., road works, traffic lights, give way junctions, roundabouts etc. Also, not all riders will have access to a map case or Sat Nav on their bike and might be on unfamiliar roads. It allows the less experienced rider to ride at their own pace without worrying about keeping up, getting lost, or which way to go.
Understanding the system is important, as every rider needs to do their part to avoid anyone getting lost.
How It Works
Each group will have a designated ‘Ride Leader’ and a ‘Tail End Charlie’. The positions of these two riders will not change throughout the run. They will be introduced to all the riders in the group at the start of the run, when the leader briefs the group on the ride.
Whenever or wherever there is a change of direction at junctions, and all roundabouts, the rider immediately behind the leader, (now referred to as Marker”), will indicate the direction taken by the leader. He/she stays as a Marker for all the following bikes. To do this, the Marker should pull in at the side of the road, in a safe place where he/she will be visible to the rest of the riders, so the direction can be indicated to all the following riders. It is most important that the Marker stops in a position where:-
It is safe to do so. They do not put themselves at any risk. They do not obstruct any other road users.
The rest of the ride can see them clearly as they approach the direction change. The Marker should clearly indicate the direction taken by the leader, using, if necessary, indicators, hands and or bike. When the Tail End Charlie approaches the Marker, the Marker should take up position in front of the Tail End Charlie. The Tail End Charlie should leave enough space for this to happen. If it is not safe to pull out in front of the Tail End Charlie then the Marker should re-join the traffic when possible and take up position in front of the Tail End Charlie as soon as it is safe to do so.
It could happen that the number two rider (The Marker) forgets to mark a direction change – in which case the next rider (number three) should take it upon themselves to be the marker and mark the direction change to prevent the chain from breaking.
This approach involves the entire group and the Marker gets rotated from front to back and naturally moves up to the front again.
Some points
If you are unsure on any aspect of the ride, always ask advice or clarification. Safety is always paramount. Please arrive with a full tank of petrol and an empty bladder. Inform the Leader if you are running low on petrol during the ride.
If you are unsure as to whether you should mark a junction, mark it anyway. It is better to mark a junction that doesn’t need marking than not to mark one that does. A roundabout, or crossroads where you do not have priority, should be marked by parking in a safe visible position on the exit. Should a junction or roundabout not be marked, the default action is to continue straight ahead. There is no need to play catch–up. With the drop off system there will be a Marker waiting for you at the next junction. Everyone should keep a safe distance behind the rider in front. A staggered riding formation may be adopted where appropriate to aid forward visibility and transit through traffic lights. Avoid ‘follow my leader’ riding / convoy style riding, which could lull you into unsafe / unaware riding – ride your own ride. When you are the Marker, wait for The Tail End Charlie to arrive, even if this takes a long time. There may be a breakdown further back which you are unaware of. If necessary switch off your engine. If you leave your position everyone behind will suffer and the run will fall apart. The group may sometimes become very ‘strung out’, causing anxiety to some riders. The Leader may then decide to stop, in a safe place, to allow the group to re–form before continuing. If you want to leave the group, inform the Leader and The Tail End Charlie at a rest stop. If unavoidable, you may pull in to the left in a safe, visible position and wave other riders past; when the Tail End Charlie arrives he/she will stop and you can then inform him/ her that you are leaving the group and why. Riders are reminded that they must obey all relevant UK road traffic laws and if and when appropriate, those of other nations. They are to observe the Highway Code and heed the warnings displayed on roadside signs and signals (e.g. Local and national speed limits). And finally, be sure to listen to your Ride Leader before the start of the ride to ensure he/she has not made any changes to these procedures. Obeying these simple rules will ensure that our ride outs will be safe and pleasurable. You the rider are deemed to be in control of your motorcycle at all times during a ride and during all other group activities. You are entirely responsible for your decisions and actions.

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The “Drop Off” System of group riding ensures progress whilst allowing the group to stay together even though there may be quite some distance between the Ride Leader and the Tail End Charlie. The whole idea behind the drop off system is to provide a series of moveable signposts for all the riders in the group to follow, irrespective of any gaps which have occurred on the ride, so that riders don’t have to “keep up” with the rider in front. It acknowledges the fact that the ride can get strung out over a long distance due to a variety of reasons – e.g., road works, traffic lights, give way junctions, roundabouts etc. Also, not all riders will have access to a map case or Sat Nav on their bike and might be on unfamiliar roads. It allows the less experienced rider to ride at their own pace without worrying about keeping up, getting lost, or which way to go.
Understanding the system is important, as every rider needs to do their part to avoid anyone getting lost.
How It Works
Each group will have a designated ‘Ride Leader’ and a ‘Tail End Charlie’. The positions of these two riders will not change throughout the run. They will be introduced to all the riders in the group at the start of the run, when the leader briefs the group on the ride.
Whenever or wherever there is a change of direction at junctions, and all roundabouts, the rider immediately behind the leader, (now referred to as Marker”), will indicate the direction taken by the leader. He/she stays as a Marker for all the following bikes. To do this, the Marker should pull in at the side of the road, in a safe place where he/she will be visible to the rest of the riders, so the direction can be indicated to all the following riders. It is most important that the Marker stops in a position where:-
It is safe to do so. They do not put themselves at any risk. They do not obstruct any other road users.
The rest of the ride can see them clearly as they approach the direction change. The Marker should clearly indicate the direction taken by the leader, using, if necessary, indicators, hands and or bike. When the Tail End Charlie approaches the Marker, the Marker should take up position in front of the Tail End Charlie. The Tail End Charlie should leave enough space for this to happen. If it is not safe to pull out in front of the Tail End Charlie then the Marker should re-join the traffic when possible and take up position in front of the Tail End Charlie as soon as it is safe to do so.
It could happen that the number two rider (The Marker) forgets to mark a direction change – in which case the next rider (number three) should take it upon themselves to be the marker and mark the direction change to prevent the chain from breaking.
This approach involves the entire group and the Marker gets rotated from front to back and naturally moves up to the front again.
Some points
If you are unsure on any aspect of the ride, always ask advice or clarification. Safety is always paramount. Please arrive with a full tank of petrol and an empty bladder. Inform the Leader if you are running low on petrol during the ride.
If you are unsure as to whether you should mark a junction, mark it anyway. It is better to mark a junction that doesn’t need marking than not to mark one that does. A roundabout, or crossroads where you do not have priority, should be marked by parking in a safe visible position on the exit. Should a junction or roundabout not be marked, the default action is to continue straight ahead. There is no need to play catch–up. With the drop off system there will be a Marker waiting for you at the next junction. Everyone should keep a safe distance behind the rider in front. A staggered riding formation may be adopted where appropriate to aid forward visibility and transit through traffic lights. Avoid ‘follow my leader’ riding / convoy style riding, which could lull you into unsafe / unaware riding – ride your own ride. When you are the Marker, wait for The Tail End Charlie to arrive, even if this takes a long time. There may be a breakdown further back which you are unaware of. If necessary switch off your engine. If you leave your position everyone behind will suffer and the run will fall apart. The group may sometimes become very ‘strung out’, causing anxiety to some riders. The Leader may then decide to stop, in a safe place, to allow the group to re–form before continuing. If you want to leave the group, inform the Leader and The Tail End Charlie at a rest stop. If unavoidable, you may pull in to the left in a safe, visible position and wave other riders past; when the Tail End Charlie arrives he/she will stop and you can then inform him/ her that you are leaving the group and why. Riders are reminded that they must obey all relevant UK road traffic laws and if and when appropriate, those of other nations. They are to observe the Highway Code and heed the warnings displayed on roadside signs and signals (e.g. Local and national speed limits). And finally, be sure to listen to your Ride Leader before the start of the ride to ensure he/she has not made any changes to these procedures. Obeying these simple rules will ensure that our ride outs will be safe and pleasurable. You the rider are deemed to be in control of your motorcycle at all times during a ride and during all other group activities. You are entirely responsible for your decisions and actions.

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Rides Out
Date Leader Phone
Sunday 23rd June Richard Watson 07766 735 961
Sunday 7th July James Finlinson 07813 797 939
Tuesday 16th July Chris Mayes 07500 362 322
Sunday 21st July Iain Thompson 07746 482 795
Sunday 4th August Les Brown 07873 538 707
Tuesday 13th August TBA TBA
Sunday 18th August Gary Stockill 07989 302 940
Sunday 1st September Dave Cowton 07712 005 508
Tuesday 10th September TBA TBA
Sunday 15th September Dale Robertson 07963 525 422
Sunday 29th September Keith Brain 07714 711 701

All rides out use the Drop Off System (see above) to ensure a smooth and safe ride.
This will be explained by the Ride Leader, if necessary, before starting the ride.

Challenge 2024 is here!

In 2022, the ride-out team came up with an idea that proved fun while raising a little bit of money for charity. It was called Challenge 2022.

Challenge 2024 continues on and is a rally/challenge that can be done at everyone's leisure.
Challenge 2024 is now open for registration. For those of you who haven't yet experienced our 'Challenge' events, it is an ideal opportunity to get out on the bike and visit places you may never have seen before. And, as all proceeds from the event are donated to charity, you will be carrying out your very own good deed.
The attached file will give you full details of the event, including how to register. If you need any further assistance, feel free to contact Dave Cowton or Dale Robertson for more information.
Have a look at the link below.

The Challenge Winner's Trophy

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Committee Meetings

Committee Meeting Dates

All Committee Meetings at:- Shadforth Village Hall, DH6 1LL Meetings will be face to face whenever possible and Zoom if needed. 7.00 pm Start

Tuesday 25th June Tuesday 27th August Tuesday 17th Sept Tuesday 22nd October

Observer Training / Meetings

Observer Training / Meetings Dates

All observer training meetings will start at Shadforth Village Hall, DH6 1LL and will be arranged to suit Local and National Observer training requirements.

Observers' Meetings to be confirmed in 2024.

Social Evenings 2024

All social meetings are held at
The Bowburn Hotel
Start time is 7.30 pm

Social Evening Dates

Tuesday 24th September Tuesday October 29th Tuesday 26th November AGM