So what of 2017?
 

Sunday 19th March - Our 2017 RAT Season kicks off on 19th March with a local run (on nice roads right on our doorstop). We will be stopping to visit the Stow Maries Aerodrome (Home Defence WW1) which is Europe's largest surviving WW1 Aerodrome.  We'll be meeting from 9am at the Norton Heath Cafe (CM4 0LQ) with departure at 10am, taking things easy for this first run with a short ride of approx. 60 miles. Admission to the museum is at the reduced group rate of just £6 per head and refreshments will be available to purchase on site.

Sunday 26th March - Keeping with the Home Defence theme, on this ride we'll be visiting the Dads Army Museum. This one has a limit on how many can attend, so a 'first come, first served' basis will apply.  We will have a direct ride up to the museum and after the tour, we'll head down to the famous Krazy Horse Cafe for a bit of lunch. We will then have a nice and steady scenic ride back. We'll be meeting at 8.15am ready to leave at 8.45pm sharp. Meeting place is Boreham services, CM2 5PY, on junction 19 of the A12. Meet at BP / Wild Bean for a fill up and quick coffee. ⛽️☕️

Sunday 09th April - A ride down to the Garden of England to the Battle of Britain Museum in Hawkinge near Folkestone. The ride will be a mixture of roads with a cafe on route and other points of interest. We'll be meeting at Thurrock Services at 8.45am ready to set off at 9.30am sharp.

Sunday 23rd April - We will be doing a ride to Wessons Cafe in Horam followed by a ride down to the coast. As always, we will try to use a mixture of roads. Meeting from 08.30 at Thurrock Services (RM16 3BG) with a departure time of 09.15 and will see another fabulous route to Wesson Cafe (TN21 0ER) in Horam. See www.wessonscafe.com if you want to check out the menu! After a pit stop the run will then dive down to the coast for an ice cream or two! 

Sunday 21st May - Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Run and Family Fun Day - As Jack Lilley Romford’s chosen charity is the Essex Air Ambulance we will be participating in the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Run, meeting from 9am with a departure time of 10.30am. The 60 mile run finishes at North Weald Airfield (CM16 6HR) for a Family Fun Day (formerly the Essex Motorcycle Show).

Various stands will be on site from a wide range of exhibitors, as well as live music, a stunt show, MotoGymkhana, catering stands and entertainment for the kids too! Entry to the show is free, however if you wish to participate on the run itself the cost if £10 per rider, or £15 with a pillion. Although registration will be available on the day, pre-registration is advisable through the following link - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spring-motorcycle-run-2017-tickets-31047828892 (register before May 6th and you can be in with a chance of winning motorcycle kit vouchers). 

The run will be arriving at North Weald from around noon if family & friends wish to be there to greet you, see you at the start!

Sunday 28th May - RAT run to North Fambridge River Festival - Meeting at the Norton Heath Cafe (CM4 0LQ) from 9am with a 10am departure we will be taking a gentle run through the Essex countryside to the North Fambridge River Festival. Again this day out is aimed at the whole family so if friends and family want to join us at North Fambridge (CM3 6LU) we will be aiming to arrive around noon. Various activities will be taking place, see http://www.yachthavens.com/fambridge/events/fambridge-river-festival-2017#.WQsJW--GOUk for full details! Please note that there will not be an organised ride back but there is easy access to various major routes only a short distance away.

Tuesday 30th May - Dick Turpin Pub Bike Meet - Arriving from 18.30 at the Dick Turpin public house on the A127 (SS12 9HZ) come and show off your pride and joy at one of the biggest evening bike meets in Essex! Not surprisingly a wide range of refreshments are available!

Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th June - BikeFest South at Goodwood - Final call for those who wish to join the overnight run to Goodwood as per the last email – please contact Shaun at jacklilleyromford.rats@gmail.com by this coming Sunday (May 7th) if you wish to attend so that he can book the overnight accommodation. 

Tuesday 20th June - Dick Turpin Pub Bike Meet - Another chance to show off your bike to the masses! Arriving from 18.30 at the Dick Turpin public house on the A127 (SS12 9HZ) come and join us at one of the biggest evening bike meets in Essex! 

Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th September - Weekender run to Cheddar Gorge

We have only limited spaces on our Cheddar Gorge run on the 16 - 17 Sept 2017. We are stopping near the medieval town of Wells and the Wookey Hole Caves. We will do are best to give you an entertaining ride across. We will be coming from the north and heading back from the south. At our hotel I am trying arrange evening and menu. More information will follow as the route and dining confirm. To secure your places we require a £70 deposit per room this for the hotel room. Other costs will be food and fuel and entry in to the caves but we will try and determine if it's worth it on the time scale.  Please let me know if sole or couple as I will need to keep a log on numbers.  First come (with deposit), first serve basis.

To reserve your place on any of the above rides, please email jacklilleyromford.rats@gmail.com.