Despite the arrival of Storm Alex at the end of the month the weather was generally accommodating in September. As well as allowing for some good training sessions it also helped with pre-ride briefings with the restrictions in place.
The challenges of the current situation continued in September and the change to the requirements for group sizes resulted in us moving from the Strawberry Fields Café to the Vue Cinema as the training meet up point. We are also avoiding a collective end point with the Strawberry Fields Café being one of the end points we are using. We are all missing the opportunity for a coffee and chat at the start of training but our aim to pair up Tutors and Associates quickly and allowing them to get on their way quickly continues to work well. A collective thanks to all for their part in allowing training to continue in a safe and effective manner. We will continue to review the situation with the more inclement weather likely to reduce numbers and potentially allowing us to make some further changes. Keep an eye out on the usual channels for any news.
Training activity remains high with 22 training sessions involving 13 Associates throughout the month. We also welcome two new members and it is great to have Gavin and Mark joining the group. Some Associates have taken the time to post some positive, and much appreciated, feedback on Facebook after training sessions this month. This is always very well received, and it is good to know that the sessions and Tutoring are proving beneficial and enjoyable.
We also managed to get a bit of social activity organised in September. Geoff Hale hosted a ride out on Saturday Sep 12th which was much appreciated by Andy and Jeff who joined him.
Simon Wilson hosted a socially distanced ride out which took the group from Strawberry Fields through some great countryside via Whitby to Scarborough. As if Simon had worked it out that way as the group arrived in Scarborough there was a perfect motorcycle parking space available for us and the sun also came out to welcome us! The impressive seas and even more impressive fish and chips for some were of particular note. Others opted for cake and coffee on the way over from Strawberry Fields. All agreed that it was great to get a social event organised, albeit limited in size.
October will see us end the summer riding season and we will then move to the winter training calendar. Despite the challenges 2020 has brought us the amount of training and general activity has been very impressive. All those attending appear to have enjoyed getting out on their bikes, once that became possible, and there have been plenty of smiles on faces at well attended sessions. We hope we can continue through the winter months for those that choose to ride throughout the year.
Until next time…