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Durham Easter Egg Run 2017
Nine-year-old Alfie Smith, who suffers from cerebal palsy, had the pleasure of waving the chequered flag to start this year’s Durham Easter Egg Run. Even an unseasonably cold spring morning couldn’t dampen the spirits of around 1,000 plus, bikers on Easter Sundays Durham Egg Run, delivering chocolate Easter eggs to poorly children in Darlington and Durham Hospitals.
Starting at 10am from the Tesco supermarket in Dragonville, Durham, the first riders started to fill the car park just before 9am. By the start time, the car park was filled to its capacity with crowds starting to gather to witness the magnificent and noisy engine start up.
The Easter Egg Run is organised by Hartlepool Freemason, Tony Hudspith, who took over the running of the event from Durham Police as, with cutbacks, they lacked the relevant resources for the event to continue.
Fun is a very important element to the day and the selection and varity of some of the participant’s costumes added to the visual display of over 1000 bikes and bikers. The motorcycles on display, ranged from Italian super bikes to trikes to 125cc.
Any event like this takes a serious amount of planning and organisation. The event marshals, as well as the many others who help out and do the thankless tasks, making the event successful, deserve huge thanks.
Intelect, who have been supporters of the run from the start, loaned a company van for transporting the eggs and donated £100. The event is also supported by the Durham Mini Club who donated £100 towards the running costs and the Durham Chapter of the Masonic Riders Association, more commonly known as the Widows Sons, who paid the £400 required for the insurance for the event.
The event raises money for a number of local charities, with over £2000 expected to be raised for the following charities, the Help Alfie Walk Campaign, Miles for Men, Durham Retired Police Dogs Benevolent Fund and the Northumbria Blood Bikes.
The biggest smile of the day was from the event starter, Alfie Smith. His family are campaigning to help him walk unaided. Alfie needs intense daily physiotherapy for his condition and struggles to do everyday things most take for granted. His family has already raised £50,000 for the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery which could allow him to become more independent.
The spectacle of over 1000 bikers, some in fancy dress, certainly stopped people in their tracks on a Sunday morning in rural County Durham, on the way to Darlington. The applause and smiling faces were testament to a great fundraising day raising awareness for some fantastic local charities, dispelling a few myths and, indeed, reinforcing some new ones, that bikers certainly are good guys.
One final thank you must go to Tony Hudspith; without his commitment and vision the event would cease to continue, sadly, like so many other great causes that don’t happen anymore.
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