Although the club has members all over the country, Suffolk is
the county that’s best represented in the membership,
simply because that’s where the club started.
Therefore, we’ve had a full programme of events in Suffolk
since the club was revived in 2007. Regular Suffolk Section
events are the Mince Pie Run in January, Radar Run in April, the
East Anglian Run in May, Peninsularis Run in July, Coprolite Run
in September and Kneel’s Wheels in November.
Additionally, the section organises the clubs presence at Copdock
Motor Cycle Show. Members in the Ipswich and Felixstowe
area regularly meet every week—on Tuesday evenings at
Walton Half Moon.
The Mince Pie Run: December/January
This is our biggest event of the year. It’s also
one of the oldest, dating back to the 1980s and the original
EACC. The run follows the format introduced by Dave Evans
in December 1998: we meet at the Orwell Yacht
Club, Wherstead Road, Ipswich, IP2 8LR for tea,
coffee and mince pies. At 11:00 we leave on a run to
The Shipwreck Bar at Shotley. The
run is organised by Martin Gates (01394 823016 or
The Radar Run and Mopedjumble: April
This one starts at Bromeswell Village Hall and follows a
superb circuit around Bawdsey peninsula with lots of historical
interest. It passes:
- ‘Butley Clumps’: groups consisting of four Beech
trees with a Scots Pine in the middle; these were planted by the
monks of Butley Priory but most are now cut down to stumps.
Butley Priory Gatehouse.
- ‘Shingle Street’: here the road ends at Martello
‘A–A’ Tower and the foundations of The Lifeboat Inn, which was blown up by Barnes
Wallis. Martello ‘Z’ tower is in the distance
to the South.
- Ramsholt: here the road ends at the River Deben, Ramsholt
Dock and Quay and we stop at the Ramsholt
- Alderton Hall
- Bawdsey beach: with Martello ‘W’ Tower to the
South. To the North, are Martello ‘Y’, and
‘Z’ Towers and beyond, ‘A–A‘ Tower
back at Shingle Street.
- Bawdsey Manor, River Deben and ferry quay: Bawdsey Manor was
where the first Radar systems were developed. Martello
‘U’ Tower is across the river at Felixstowe Ferry
Hamlet; Martello ‘T’ Tower is beyond, along the
We have free pitches for jumble stands at Bromewell
Village Hall. The jumble opens from 9:30am and the run sets
off at 11am. The Radar Run has an alternative, shorter
route suitable for cyclemotors.
The East Anglian Run: May
This is the oldest-established event in our calendar: the
first East Anglian run in 1982 was the very first event
staged by the EACC. Nowadays, it
starts at Lord Thurlow Village Hall, Great Ashfield
The Village Hall opens from 9:30am for refreshments, toilets and
mopedjumble. The run sets off at 11:00 on a route of around
30 miles through lovely country lanes and villages.
The lunch stop is at Fair Green in Diss, where there’s a
pub, a café, and a chip shop ... or you can picnic on the
Peninsularis Run and Mopedjumble: July
A busy and atmospheric day that is one of the major events on
the cyclemotoring calendar; it starts from Bucklesham Village
Hall and features full reception facilities and free refreshments
on arrival. The route is a superb and fully marked course
through the quiet countryside of the Felixstowe peninsula,
including a super riders’ section between Nacton and
Levington, a classic drag down a ‘passing place’ road
to Trimley, lanes through to Falkenham, Kirton, the greenhouse
village of Newbourne, then more lanes on to Waldringfield
Maybush, an idyllic spot for lunch and
ale in the sunshine. The jumble is supported by both the
larger trade stands and the smaller pitches of club
members. The jumble opens 9:30am, the run sets off at
11:00am, the jumble re-opens at 2:00pm when the run returns.
The CARD run: July
This was a new event for 2018, following the one-off
‘retro’ East Anglian Run of 2017. Unlike the
other Suffolk Section runs, this doesn’t use a village
hall. The start is in the Iliffe Way car park,
Stowmarket—the same starting point that the East Anglian
Run used until 2006.
CARD stands for Cyclemotor And Roller Drive; this ride is
meant for the slower-moving machines in the club. The
shorter route is 20 miles, which keeps it within the range of
many electric bikes; there’s a longer route for more
enthusiastic riders. The ride stops at Rattlesden
Five Bells: a traditional village pub
that does not do meals. So, after stopping there,
it’s a short ride back to the start and the Osier Café in the grounds of the Museum of
East Anglean Life.
The ‘Retro’ East Anglian Run of 2017
Coprolite Run & Mopedjumble: September
This goes from Bucklesham Village Hall to Felixstowe
Ferry Boat Inn. There are full
reception facilities and free refreshments on arrival. It
takes a fully marked and classic local course to Felixstowe
Ferry, and is a twin to the Radar Run—Riders who completed
the Bawdsey Point section of the Radar Run might be interested in
the contrast of the opposite view back across the Deben
estuary. A fabulous riders’ course on both legs,
especially as the route bursts out onto the Golf Links road for a
traditional sprint to the Ferry Boat
Inn lunch stop. Drink fine ales to the panorama of
coastal boats on the estuary, stunning views, big skies, Martello
towers, explore the Ferry boatyard...
Why is it called the Coprolite Run? Coprolites are
phosphate nodules, popularly attributed to fossilized dinosaur
poo, which where collected on the beach, crushed, and sold as
fertilizer. The discovery of this substance in the district
of Bawdsey Ferry is attributed to the Rev J S Henslow,
Professor of Botany at Cambridge University, who first saw it
when he stayed at Felixstowe with his family in 1843. In
1854, a series of letters were published by an unknown gentleman
under the nom-de-plume of ‘Humble Grumble’,
describing Felixstowe of that time. The people who lived in
the cluster of houses at Bawdsey Ferry were, he tells us, very
poor, ‘subsisting chiefly on lobsters and
The jumble opens 9:30am, the run sets off at 11:00am, the
jumble re-opens at 2:00pm when the run returns.
Kneel’s Wheels: November
Depending of the availability of the village halls, Kneel’s Wheels can start in either Great Blakenham or Coddenham.
The event hosts the last mopedjumble of the season combined with a tour of
the quiet Suffolk lanes. Both routes have the lunch stop at
Claydon Crown. After the road run
it’s the club’s AGM.