Ride through the county for two good causes

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MOTORCYCLE riders are invited to go on a journey through Northumberland in aid of two charities this Bank Holiday Monday.

The Gary Routledge Ride & Show began in 2008 as a memorial run following Gary’s untimely death from cancer in 2007, and it is now an annual event supported by hundreds of people.

As in previous years, the run will start at the Dyke Neuk pub in Meldon – with tea and bacon sandwiches available at 9am. There will also be an alternative start point at Newcastle Motorcycles on Scotswood Road.

Both groups will leave at around 9.30am to head up the coast to Bamburgh for a tea stop, in the car park beneath the walls of the medieval castle. This spectacular fortress makes a fitting backdrop for the scores of motorcycles from the last four decades that will gather beneath its ramparts.

For the return leg of the 90-mile trip, the riders will head from Bamburgh to Wooler in the foothills of the Cheviots before the final run along the A697 through the stunning countryside to Burgham Park for the Bike Show, which will start at 1pm.

As an additional attraction at the show this year, there will be several legendary racing bikes on display, including Barry Sheene’s Suzuki RG500.

Organisers are delighted that the local riders will be joined by GP legends Randy Mamola and Niall Mackenzie, former World Superbike champion Neil Hodgson and Moto GP rider Bradley Smith, along with young stars Taylor and Tarran Mackenzie.

The professional riders will be helping with the judging, the charity auction and raffle at the bike show.

Once again, the event will raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance and also for the motorcycle charity Riders for Health, of which Randy Mamola is a founding member.

This charity supports and maintains motorcycles and other vehicles, which are essential for the provision of aid and medical services in some of the poorest countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

One of the main organisers, Steve Johnston, said: “All-in-all we expect this to be another great day out and would encourage motorbike riders to join us.

“You can even make a family day of it as everybody is more than welcome at the bike show.”

A new event featuring the same professional riders has been added this year to raise further funds. The Riders for Health Ball will take place in Gosforth on Sunday evening – for more information, email dale.robinson@stonehomes.co.uk