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  • Dave Reeve

Look Back at September

Welcome to Septembers ‘looking back’.

September is a month when we say goodbye to the last of the summer proper as autumn takes hold but I’m pleased to say we were still busy with training.

13 members trained in September, completing 22 sessions between them. Great effort and thanks to all concerned.

Membership continues to grow with new members Gary Wilson, Peter Lomax and John Oldridge joining us but I must also apologise to new member Andrew Fields who joined in August but somehow slipped through my usual efficient net so didn’t get a mention in August's ‘Looking Back’. Welcome one and all.

On the test front, I’m very pleased to report another successful month for ARNY with four more passes, congratulations go to Tutor Steve Reed and members Darren Holt, Paul Gardner and Steve Lane who achieved three Golds and a Silver respectively. A great result, well done to all of you.

Also worthy of a mention is ARNY member Derek Parkin who obtained a RoSPA Silver pass earlier in the year and has now added an IAM F1RST to his qualifications; well done Derek. Whilst on the subject of the IAM, our Training officer, Ian Speight, has recently started work for the IAM as a motorcycle Examiner and Masters Mentor. This will be done along his work for RoSPA as a motorcycle Examiner.

On the social scene, Septembers social ride was led by group Tutor John Neaves. Nine bikes joined the ride, some with pillions, and all enjoyed 200 or so miles around the North Yorks Moors with lunch at the Lion Inn at Blakey Ridge. The weather was very kind to them with the sun shining all day. Thank you to John for arranging and leading the ride.

September also saw other ARNY members out and about on their bikes, in separate trips our Chairman Steve Potts and his wife visited the Scottish Borders, as did group secretary Richard Falls and his wife. Member Daren Garraway went further by completing the majority of the NC500 heading up the east coast to reach John O Grotes before skirting the north coast and down the west side via Applecross and the Highlands and as we speak Treasurer and Tutor Andy Esmond and his wife are enjoying Northern Spain and France.

September also saw the Tour of Britain Cycle Race take place and Advanced Tutor Phill Bates and Tutor Richard Falls joining the many members of the National Escort Group (NEG) to provide traffic management for the rolling road closure and safety cover for each stage. Tutor Martin Dougherty is also a Marshall for NEG.

So that’s about it for September. Keep up the good work everyone and see you next month.

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