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Covid-19 - UPDATE FOR ALL MEMBERS - It is the policy of this club that all rides should be taken SOLO while social distancing and lockdown restrictions are in place.

Sean Barker

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    Sean Barker reacted to Moira in Club Run Sunday 12/1/20 🐝🐝🐝   
    On opening the curtains this morning it was dry and sunny, so off to the shed to get my bike out and to set off . As soon as I stepped out of the house it started to drizzle, no problem I thought, it's not heavy . Luckily I had put my waterproof on as within a mile of setting off the heavens opened with very heavy rain I pressed on questioning my sanity . On getting to TB I resembled a drowned rat and surprisingly no one else was there but it had stopped raining.
    Set off to meet the Philpotts and Barry was there too. They were bone dry no rain their way, amazing. We pressed on, did a loop round to The Vale Golf Club only to find the cafe had closed 5 minutes prior to our arrival . Back up the drive we saw Ivor at the Raindeer Cafe which we'd missed on the way in but that was closed too !!!!
    Bishampton was shut too with the front windows boarded over but we found a lovely new cafe called Philpott Towers excellent service you might even recognise the girls serving.
    They even provided dry socks and slippers for my wet feet and plastic bags to put over dry socks for the way home. Highly recommend this place they serve baileys too . A lovely stop got warm excellent food and service. The boys did allot of talk about electric bikes as Alan's was in the hall. A few photos below.

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    Sean Barker reacted to ChrisP in Messages   
    Hi Ivor
    Top right hand corner of the page a bell and next to it an envelope.
    Open the envelope and in the top right hand corner click compose new which opens message page.
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    Sean Barker reacted to ChrisP in Club Run 8th December 🐝🐝   
    As John said cafe a very good find.
    Weather not to cold but rather windy.
    The view over the fields from the back of the building is great.
    Should be good in the summer sitting outside.


    Now for the important things tea, food and a chat.

    All good things come to an end.
    Now for the ride home.

    After a short stretch to Pershore into the wind the right turn for Pinvin put the wind
    behind us for the rest of the ride home.
    As the pictures show the sun was out most of the time.
    Roger an I only got caught in a shower climbing the Lickey's.
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    Sean Barker reacted to ChrisP in Club Run 1st December 🐝🐝   
    A short cold run today after a late night and busy week.
    Did more reminiscing after last nights 70th club dinner.
    Also some eating and tea drinking.

    Nice to have the sun out but only 1-2 degs.

    Chris T's new winter bike.

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    Sean Barker reacted to ChrisP in Sunday 22nd December Fry up & boozers   
    The raving mad group enjoying a seasonal get together for breakfast.

    Note!! the new bench would have come in handy if the fire wood ran out.

    John E has now brought his own gas stove can't wait for the fire to warm up.


    Olly following a small portion diet has a tiny mess tin for cooking. 

    Tess and Lottie show their upbringing with the best china plates to eat of.

    John E having trouble with his plumbing.

    Team photo.

    Now for the ride to the pub.


    A quick look back to see the ladies bringing up the rear.

    Good to have Hannah back out on the bike again but the hills don't get any easier.
     
    I think Lottie is taking a rest.

    Soon back on the bike will have to get her trained up for next years Birmingham Velo.

    Final push for the pub.
    Podium slipper use by the world sprint champion.

    Another great end to the year.

    A great day weather warm and sunny.
    Food and drink as good as ever.
    And of cause excellent company.
    Let's do it all again in 2020.
    A very Happy Christmas and New Year to all our followers.
     
     
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    Sean Barker reacted to ChrisP in Saracen Road Club 70th Dinner   
    Hilary and Chris would like to thank all those that attended or Clubs
    70th annual get together and made it a special evening.

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    Sean Barker reacted to ChrisP in Club Run 10th November 🐝🐝   
    Yes it was a little cold out my Garmin didn't get above 5 degs.
    Still the cafe was warm food hot and the tea welcombing.
    After all the rain the river was high but not over the wall like in the past.

    With food and drinks on the table the smiles are back.

    I think the winter has arrived.
    The drop in temperature gets to the chest as well as the legs.
    Maybe it is our age?
    No probably just the time of year. 
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    Sean Barker reacted to Sarashell in Club Run 6th October 🐝🐝   
    Six of us started out today from Tardebigge, four were in Ivor the Engine’s gang, so it was just Moira and me that had a steady ride to Croome .  We got served straight away , there was no queue. Ten minutes later, in came Alan and Cris Philpot , the queue was quite long then.  Chris P. came in next, and that was the lot.  Had a nice half hour or so eating, drinking and chatting, and then all rode back home together.  Good day considering what the weather forecast said, it was dry except for some puddles on the roads.  🚲
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    Sean Barker reacted to ChrisP in Club Run 6th October 🐝🐝   
    After a steady ride out caught up with our small band of travelers 
    getting down their second cups of tea.
    Weather was warm not to much wind about.
    As always Croome Park was very busy most people outside
    which left plenty of tables inside.

     Plenty of empty plates and cups.

    John up for seconds.

    Lovely Victoria Sponge.

    Good looking trio.

    Getting the bikes sorted.

    Almost lost the camera again.


    Good company and a nice autumnal day in the saddle. 
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    Sean Barker reacted to Leigh in Club Run 22nd September 🐝🐝   
    Out of hospital . Recovering well .Small fee you can see my catheter . Hope doesn'taffect my upcoming operation.
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    Sean Barker reacted to ChrisKENT in Club Run 22nd September 🐝🐝   
    Leigh was admitted to the Alexandra Hospital in the early hours of yesterday morning with an acute viral infection!😩 (Ward 10 Bay D)
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    Sean Barker reacted to Moira in Senior run 8th Sept   
    Good for you Ivor don't waste that battery save it for the hills !!!!
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    Sean Barker reacted to rovi in Senior run 8th Sept   
    We should have 2 ladies riding tomorrow 
    I have agreed to take them for a ride
    Possibly Twisted Spoon or De Beers
    Probabally not too quick
    Discuss tomorrow 
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    Sean Barker reacted to ChrisP in Club Run 8th September. 🐝🐝   
    After a good push from Pinvin through Pershore and on to Bredon
    Tess and I managed to arrive at Bredon Hardwick just after John S and Co.
    Unfortunately we just missed the 11:30 cut off for the breakfast menu which 
    gave Tess a bit of a sulk as she had beans on toast on her mind.
    All the Chef could manage was Toast and jam.
    As you will see from the pictures we must have made a wrong turn and ended up at the seaside.
    Not sure what Bev is praying for, a tailwind home and all down hill that would suit Moira.

    Alan P took us on a trip around Bredon Hill on the way back.
    Just one small climb which Moira could remember from the last Bredon visit.
     The rest of the crew having no difficulty on the climb before dropping down into Elmley Castle.

    Tess and I clocked up another 80 odd miles by the time we reached home.
    But what a great day for riding bikes, hope we have a few more like this
    before the dreaded WINTER arrives.
       
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    Sean Barker reacted to ChrisKENT in Club Run 8th September. 🐝🐝   
    It became apparent from the outset that a number of us were not on for the full route!
    We caught Tony up on Church Lane, Bradley Green who was on a solo non-stopper & turned left at the Pinvin traffic lights.
    I believe that Chris Thompson was also going to do his own thing but with a stop at Pershore as he went left with the Mr Shelley group turning off left before the Pershore traffic-lights!
    We that is Barry, Leigh, Mike, Gordon and myself  pressed on to Defford where good food, brilliant sunshine & tea together with the occasional sprinkling by a water-cannon was enjoyed on the patio.
    An incident-free great day out in good company!
    What more could one wish for on a September run in early Autumn!👍👍🚲🚲🙏🙏👏
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    Sean Barker reacted to TonyS in Senior run 15th   
    After an abortive trip to Craycombe a few weeks ago when the entire place was shut, Christine and I went to Hillers today, joined shortly after we arrived by Pat Haddon plus Hilary and John Porter. Sat outside in the pleasant sunshine, had excellent staff service and enjoyed riding generally quiet roads on a lovely autumn day. 
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    Sean Barker reacted to Tim in Senior run 15th   
    My first proper ride for 7 months, thanks to all especially to Ivor for pacing me up the hills on the way home!
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    Sean Barker reacted to Leigh in Senior run 15th   
    Glad you had a ride Tim .Not a bad distance .Hope its a comeback.
     
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    Sean Barker reacted to rovi in Senior run 15th   
    Went to Craycome
    Excellent service Not sure if it's changed hands staff all seemed different.
    Tim Barry Self and one other had a lovely ride in some warm sunshine
    Conversation centered around our various health issues(I really must get out more) 
    Nevertheless an excellent day thanks to my fellow riders
    P.S.the throttle was kept under control ( at least no one complained)
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    Sean Barker reacted to rovi in Senior run 15th   
    9-30 at Tardebigge 
    (or should it be Bentley Pauncefoot now)
    for a STEADY ride.......we can decide then
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    Sean Barker reacted to ChrisP in Club Run 15th. September 🐝🐝   
    Set of for Wellesbourne Airfield a little late and put a big effort 
    in to go via Warwick and meet the others there.
    On my arrival found only motor bikers there no bicycles.

    Took a couple of pictures just to show that I had made it.

    Tried phoning John then Moira but no one answered.
    Started to plan a route home only to see the small group pottering down the lane towards me.
    Settling into the cafe we sat outside overlooking the airfield and cooked in the sunshine.
      
    A close up to see what you're missing.

    A few more weeks of this should finish the year of nicely.
    A nice steady ride home to finish the day of.
     
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    Sean Barker reacted to Sarashell in Club Run 15th. September 🐝🐝   
    Wellesbounne Airfield. ✈️
    9:30 Tardebigge.  🚴🏽🚴‍♀️
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    Sean Barker reacted to ChrisP in Skittles Evening   
    Another great night of skittles.
    I trust everyone enjoyed the evening.
    With my new partner Edwena i'm pleased to say we won the couples Trophy.
    I then went on to take the Knockout competition which I felt a little guilty about but pleased to say that didn't last long.
    A few pics of the nights event.

    Mick H making himself useful preparing the tables.

    Hilary resting her eyes after her hard work organising things.

    Terry's girls discuss tactics how to beat him.
     
    Moira in charge of puddings.

    I think Mick M'c is after seconds. Chris tel's him to think of his figure.


    Welcome to Andy's partner Liz.

    Welcome to Lottie sitting with Polly.
    With a bit more training I hope to see her joining the Sunday run.

    Good to catch up with Tim shame he can't join the runs.

    Hilary and others keeps mixing up Ed and Yvonne she's the one with the glasses.

    More trouble Girl power.

    These make a nice couple.
     
    Can we manage to do it again next year ????
     
     
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    Sean Barker reacted to HilaryP in Skittles Evening   
    Thank you everyone who supported the Skittles Evening last night.
    Having spent most of this morning washing and drying greasy cutlery and pudding dishes I can now thank everyone for all their help last night.
    I must mention Mike H. personally as he always comes to cover the tables every time and I have never thanked him on the website. Thanks Mike am I forgiven now?!
    Once again the ladies provided some great puddings and I thought that we may have too many however I think most of them were finished although I am not sure as Moira and Chris Philpott were in charge this year. Thanks to both of you.
    As I wasn't involved in the actual skittling games I was very surprised to hear that my other half had won. I will let him explain how he managed that! He obviously doesn't need me as a partner.
    It can be quite tasking to organise an event but when things go to plan it makes it all worth while. We hope that you all had a good evening and please remember that the 70th anniversary of the Saracen Road Club will be celebrated on Saturday November 30th. I will be in touch later in the year.
    Thanks again everyone, best wishes Hilary.
     
     
     
     
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    Sean Barker reacted to ChrisP in Club Run 21st July 🐝🐝   
    Another day for alfresco dining.

    At long last managed to capture Bev without food in her hands.

    A good ride home with the wind at our backs.
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