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  • Dave Reeve

Look Back at May

As we properly enter the riding season May, like April, turned out to be another busy month at ARNY. The weather was generally pretty kind and training continued throughout the month with the exception of the Tutor Training weekend in the middle of the month. Seven Associates had training sessions in May and it is great to see many of those being our new members who are coming along for training and we wish them all the very best. We also congratulate Darren who posted news of his successful RoSPA Advanced Test pass.

With the ARNY social calendar now in full swing there was a lot of activity in May. There was a Wednesday Wobble to Pately Bridge, a Post Test ride finishing, along with training, in Knaresborough and a Sunday Social ride taking through the sights of the Humber, including a trip over the bridge with coffee and cake at the other side. The ARNY social calendar is posted on the website and the planned events are posted on the ARNY calendar, also on the website. Check out the calendar for information on forthcoming events and look out for further information on the usual channels.

The Tutor Training weekend was held in the middle of the month and involved a mixture of practice training sessions with the tutors playing various roles, discussing outcomes and approaches, classroom sessions and some group rides. The feedback from all was that the weekend was valuable and gave some time for Tutors to share experiences and approaches for the benefit of all. The training weekend is also designed to help maintain ARNY’s consistency of approach to training for the benefit of Associates.

Tutors and others have also been active in representing ARNY at the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Bikerdown courses, part of their Firebike project, throughout the month. We were represented at the courses at Skipton, Selby and Northallerton with special thanks going to Andy Hildred who is a recent test pass rider that kindly stepped up for the Skipton course which coincided with the Tutor Training weekend. Phill Bates also helped with the official internal launch of the Firebike project by supporting the Firebike team with some bike familiarisation as well as introducing ARNY to the team. All of the Firebike team plan to go through the training with ARNY and we are just starting to work on how that can work in practice to accommodate their shift patterns as well as manage the load on the ARNY Tutor Team.

As the holiday season gets fully underway ARNY members are starting to share stores on Facebook and Watsapp of their adventures abroad. ARNY member Andy Esmond has shared pictures of his latest Hellas Rally Raid, others have posted on adventures on Route 66, trips to Spain and Scotland. Keep them all coming as well as being an inspiration to us all, the pictures and stories also make us all very jealous!!

We are expecting the new website to be launched in June so please keep an eye out for that. Any comments or suggestions are, as always, welcome so please feel free to pass them on either via Watsapp, emailing or come along on a Saturday morning for a coffee and a chat.

That’s all for now. Until next time….


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