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The EACC’s 2021 Mince Pie Run


A cunning plan

October 2020

At this time, the COVID-19 lock-down rules are changing all the time, which make it hard enough to plan an event for next week, let alone for 2½ month’s time.  2021 is the 40th anniversary of the EACC, the Mince Pie run is one of our biggest and oldest events and, in normal times, would be our first event of the year.  How could we not let it happen?  But, if we do hold it, how can we be sure it complies with any, unknown, future lock-down rules?  Here’s our cunning plan…

The Great, Distributed, Mince Pie Run

We’d like as many club members as possible to do their own Mince Pie Run, either individually or in small groups (the maximum size of the group will depend upon where you are and what is permitted on the day you do it).  The Mince Pie Run is usually held on the first Sunday in January; that will be 3rd January in 2021, so we’d like you to do it on, or as close as possible to, that date.  Secondly, since 1998 the Mince Pie run has had a sort of nautical theme to it: it starts from Orwell Yacht Club in Ipswich and goes to the Shipwreck at Shotley Marina.  It would be good if we can keep this theme going.

The Mince Pie Run in December 2012

This is what you do

On or about the 3rd January 2021, on your own or with a small group of friends, ride your bike to somewhere where there are boats.  Most parts of the country will be close to somewhere suitable, whether it’s a marina, docks, canal, river, lake, or whatever.  On arrival, take a photo of your bike at your chosen setting, include yourself in the picture if you can (and want to), and send the photo in to us.  We’ll publish a selection in The MAC and put as many as we can on this website.  If you want to include a few words about your ride and destination, even better.

You can e-mail your pictures to the secretary , or our editor , or post them on the Facebook Group, or the Forum … just put them somewhere where we can find them.

Some sections might take a more organised approach to this, either to arrange small groups to ride together or, conversly, to prevent too many riders turning up at the same destination; contact your local section to see if that applies in your area.

Sections

Essex
Hertfordshire
Lancashire
Leicestershire
Norfolk
Northamptonshire
North East
South East
Suffolk
West Anglian
Wiltshire

Pictures

David Evans at Orwell Yacht Club
David Evans: with us in spirit … and enjoying a mince pie.
Photo: CC BY-SA Gareath Evans

Nigel Page's Tiger Cross on the shores of Lake Lothing, Oulton Broad
Garelli Tiger Cross on the shores of Lake Lothing, Oulton Broad
Photo: CC BY-SA Nigel Page

Andrew Pattle's James Superlux by the former Stowmarket & Ipswich Navigation
James Superlux by the former Stowmarket & Ipswich Navigation
Photo: CC BY-SA Andrew Pattle

Steve Pryke's Mighty New Hudson next to the scrap pile with a slightly nautical theme
Mighty New Hudson next to the scrap pile with a slightly nautical theme
Photo: CC BY-SA Steve Pryke

Ben Southgate's 1968 Raleigh Wisp at Hardley Staithe
This is Ben Southgate’s 3rd of January ride out to Hardley Staithe, a 12-mile round trip on a 1968 Raleigh Wisp.  It’s fair to say, it was rather cold.
Photo: CC BY-SA Ben Southgate

Matthew Turner's 3k-miles-from-new Camino at Mill Road, Felsted
Matthew Turner’s 3k-miles-from-new Camino at Mill Road, Felsted; 9:30 in the morning, cold and nobody about
Photo: CC BY-SA Matthew Turner

John Tickell's Motobécane 51V at Hartford Marina, Huntingdon
John Tickell’s Motobécane 51V at Hartford Marina, Huntingdon
Photo: CC BY-SA John Tickell

David Preston’s Lambretta Serveta 5v with Fairline Weekend in the background
David Preston’s Lambretta Serveta 5v with Fairline Weekend in the background
Photo: CC BY-SA David Preston

Paul Newton's Honda 90 by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Gathurst
Paul Newton’s Honda 90 by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Gathurst
Photo: CC BY-SA Paul Newton

Andrew Davis's Honda PC50 by Potter Heigham Bridge
Andrew Davis’s first Mince Pie Run took him and his Honda PC50 to Potter Heigham Bridge
Photo: CC BY-SA Andrew Davis

Chris Evans and his New Hudson at Norwich Yacht Station
Chris Evans and his New Hudson stopped for a bite to eat (a mince pie) at Norwich Yacht Station
Photo: CC BY-SA Andrew Davis

Ian Munroe's New Hudson by Potter Heigham Bridge
Ian Munroe’s New Hudson by Potter Heigham Bridge
Photo: CC BY-SA Ian Munroe

Chris Gornall's Sun in the sun
Chris Gornall’s Sun in the sun
Photo: CC BY-SA Chris Gornall

Douglas Felton's Raleigh RM4 Automatic
Douglas Felton’s Raleigh RM4 Automatic
Photo: CC BY-SA Douglas Felton

David Watson's Honda PC50 by Potter Heigham Bridge
David Watson’s Honda PC50 by sunny Potter Heigham Bridge
Photo: CC BY-SA David Watson

Dave Slaney's Raleigh RM8 Automatic MkII at Bedford Priory Marina
Dave Slaney rode 26½ miles on a cold but sunny January 3rd and visited Bedford Priory Marina on his Raleigh RM8 Automatic MkII
Photo: CC BY-SA Dave Slaney

Ray Duffin beside the Shropshire Union Canal
Ray Duffin beside the Shropshire Union Canal
Photo: CC BY-SA Paul Newton

Captain Haddock and his VéloSoleX S3800
‘Arrrgh!  A nautical theme yer say!’ said Captain Haddock, doing a Captain Morgan impression…
Photo: CC BY-SA Jon Sapey

Neil Bowen's Fizzy at Sydney Harbour
‘Because the spiritual home of the Mince Pie Run is in a tier 4 area I thought it prudent to adopt a stealthy approach and leave under the cover of darkness, just in case the local constabulary was ensuring that all traffic on the local roads was observing the “essential travel only” rule.  Unfortunately, upon leaving the Sailing Club car park, it quickly became evident that the official route had not been marked this year, so I had to rely on a failing memory and dodgy instincts.  I rode, and rode, and rode, and what I assumed were the distant lights of Felixtowe Dock failed to get brighter.  Undeterred, I kept riding until I reached a natural stop. A quick check on Google Maps to acquaint myself with an unfamiliar surrounding revealed that I’d ridden through the night, and ended up in Sydney Harbour!
Here’s a picture of my Fizzy basking in much missed sunlight as proof of my epic journey.’
Photo: CC BY-SA Walton Works

Malcolm Wright's Puch Maxi by Newport Bridge
Malcolm Wright was helping his youngest move out on 3rd January so didn’t get chance to take part, but sent in this one of Newport Bridge over the Tees.
Photo: CC BY-SA Malcolm Wright

Gareath Evans's Honda at Shotley Marina
Gareath Evans followed the traditional route planned by his dad, David, and here’s his XL350 at Shotley.
Photo: CC BY-SA Gareath Evans

'Dazzle' at Chestnut Pond
‘Dazzle’ at Chestnut Pond, Rushmere St Andrew
Photo: CC BY-SA Mark Daniels

William Rogers's James autocycle in Jones's Boatyard, St Ives
‘I had to pop in to the next village to buy some aspirin—happened to pass Jones’s boatyard.  Happy New Year to everybody, the mince pies were nice!’
Photo: CC BY-SA William Rogers

Mark Gibb's Honda at Orford Quay
Mark Gibb’s Honda at Orford Quay
Photo: CC BY-SA Mark Gibb

Derrick Whitehead's New Hudson beside the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation
Derrick Whitehead of the Rotherham Roamers had his mince pies by the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation.
Photo: CC BY-SA Derrick Whitehead

Sophie and Nick Wootton at West Cheshire Sailing Club
Sophie and Nick Wootton at West Cheshire Sailing Club on their Mince Pie Run around Tier 2 Wirral
Photo: CC BY-SA Sophie Wootton

The small print

Any of your pictures and text that we publish will be credited to you and published under a Creative Commons CC BY-SA licence … unless you specify something different.


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Last Modified 4 January 2021