Thursday, 9 June 2016

2016 Dr B's Bike Show

Dr B's Custom & Classic Bike Show, Sunday 19 June, 2016
10am - 4pm

All the usual categories in what is always an incredibly diverse selection of bikes on show.
All money raised goes towards Barnardos High Close School, on whose playing fields the show takes place.

No alcohol on site, but ample cold soft drinks and BBQ food available all day.
Bikes parking available on site, but cars will need to park off site in town.

High Close School, Wiltshire Road, Wokingham, RG40 1TT

Monday, 7 December 2015

Thank You For Your Support

Once again thank you all for your enthusiastic and generous support of the Reading Toy Run on this it's 30th Anniversary. Everyone's contributions are deeply appreciated, helped make the occasion run smoothly and benefitted children and the work of children's support services across the area and beyond.

In total we had 2041 participants in the run itself, thats 1565 riders with 476 pillions! It required 144 marshals, (big thanks to chief Marshal, Gary), a cast of dozens of others behind the scenes  and thousands of locals lined the streets to cheer everyone on.

At Barnardo's High Close School, gifts were received by staff and volunteers, principle Zoe Latimer expressed her thanks and explained how the gifts will be distributed and used. The Mayor of Wokingham extended a welcome to all and many participants went home with gifts themselves as a thank you from numerous motorcycle retailers who sponsor the event.

The Road Crew - a brilliant team, led by Denis,
who take care of so much of the logistics to keep the run and public safe.

A Big Thank You From The Organisers!
Here's a few news snippets from the local media.

Picture Gallery from
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BBC South Today News feature

Berkshire charity toy run
It's become a festive tradition. An estimated 2000 motorcyclists were on the roads of Berkshire today for the 30th annual charity toy run.
Posted by BBC South Today on Sunday, 6 December 2015

Friday, 13 November 2015

Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Merchandise

Available now, so you can wear them on the day. First come first served. T's £10, patches £3. Visit Ben at Smiths of Whitley Wood to buy yours, 142 Whitley Wood Lane, Reading, RG2 8PP. Closed Thurs and Sun. NOT available online or pre order. Some MAY be available on the day 06/12/2015. Mugs and wristbands still available too.

Thanks for your support - see previous post below for all Toy Run info - times, meet place etc ...

Sunday, 4 October 2015

2015 30th Anniversary Toy Run Date

The date for the 2015 Reading Christian Bikers 30th Annual Toy Run is set to be Sunday 6th December.

1pm meet at Foster Wheeler RG2 9FW, (Formerly Shire Hall), near to J 11 M4.
Directions: from J11, M4, take exit B3270 (signposted Earley) - Whitleywood Lane running parallel with the M4. It may also be sign posted Reading FC park and ride.

Please bring along a new toy suitable for a child of any age, preferably un-wrapped and it will be distributed by Barnardo's.
Please see the other links for more info and feel free to copy and distribute the poster below.

We look forward to seeing you all for our 30th Anniversary ride!

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Guinness World Record Update

For those of you who participated in the world record breaking Toy Run and are waiting for the relevant information to obtain your participant certificates, please go to the following link and follow the directions also on this post. Thank you for your support and patience!

The codes are the “Participant” codes for anyone that took part. 
To order certificates, you  can go to the following link…

Then click “add to basket” …Here the types of certificate can be selected…

Participants Cert
ID - imI494524
Code - lquk4927LQ

You may also want to look out for coverage of the run in the next edition of Back Street Heroes......

Monday, 8 December 2014

2014 Toy Run Success! Thank you!

The 2014 29th Annual Reading Toy Run proved to be more memorable than ever this year. Thank you so much to everyone that took part in what became a world record setting occasion.

World records aside, Barnardo's High Close school have the privilege of distributing several thousand toys and gifts across a vast network of their own Barnardo's projects and also dozens of other local children's services. Your participation and generosity is greatly appreciated - as was everyone's patience as the queing took a lot longer this year.
Thanks for your patience

That World Record....What's the story?
As the 2013 Toy Run entered Wokingham, a gentleman commented, "wouldn't it be great if this run could be entered into the Guinness World Records". That man was Sandy, who had for many years been the principal at High Close School. He was the one who many years previous, had opened the school to a bunch of bikers to bring their gifts and enthusiastically saw the occasion grow and set up the distribution of gifts around an increasing number of projects. Sandy retired from High Close some years ago, but continued to support the event but sadly he passed away in recent months. This year's world record setting attempt was to honour his memory and show our appreciation to Sandy's family. Quite simply the Reading Toy Run would not be what it is without Sandy's openness and welcome all those years ago that led to an ongoing partnership with High Close School.
From 2003, Sandy with Ben (centre) and Sean (left)

We know there will be bigger Toy Runs going on in the world, in fact in the past our own event has seen bigger numbers on occasions. But no official record had ever been set and we were able to set up a meticulous process, which did mean it did take a long time to log everything, and we are pleased to be able to report that the first recorded Toy Run entry is 1735 participants!
That's 1735 who took part in the whole ride who presented a toy. This doesn't include the further 592 who were accompanying others, or brought other gifts such as football shirts, vouchers, iPods or other gadgets - all of which are needed, but for the purposes of the record it was specifically toys that counted.

Reading Toy Run thrives on a network of sincere relationships, as an organising group, with Barnardo's and among the thousands of those who turn up on the day. It also is about a generosity of spirit and gifts. If we lose either of those it ceases to be what it set out to be. 2015 will be the 30th anniversary of the event - don't necessarily expect to see another world record attempt, the amount of logistics involved is huge, but do come with the same commitment to the cause and generosity of spirit that will benefit many many children.

In the same way the Toy Run is based on relationships and gifts, we are reminded  in this Christmas season the heart of the Christmas message is based around relationships and gifts.

The connecting and sometimes reconnecting of our own relationships and the mystery of God connecting in all the frailty and vulnerability of the human experience  in the form of a baby can be the centre of our own celebrations. As we share time and gifts with one another, may we also find those moments of definition and maybe surprise, as we peel through the layers of wrappings, to expose the ever present gift of God's grace and mercy amid the busyness of this Christmas season.

God bless you and your loved ones this Christmas and on behalf of all the organisers and those who will benefit from your generosity, our sincerest thanks and deep appreciation of your support of this event.

...and that folks, says it all.

Ben receives the certificate
Thanks to Garry and the 140 Marshals

Thanks to Denis and the Road Crew

1 hour before departure and already 1000 waiting. By the time we left both other parking sections were full!
Thanks also to the local media, Foster Wheeler, sponsors, residents and well wishers along the route and all the other unsung heroes that provide pa, refreshments, logistics, insurance, publicity and a safe event.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

2014 Toy Run Date

The date for the 2014 Reading Christian Bikers 29th Annual Toy Run is set to be Sunday 7th December.

1pm meet at Foster Wheeler, (Formerly Shire Hall), near to J 11 M4.
Directions: from J11, M4, take exit B3270 (signposted Earley) - Whitleywood Lane running parallel with the M4. It may also be sign posted Reading FC park and ride.

Please bring along a new toy suitable for a child of any age, preferably un-wrapped and it will be distributed by Barnardo's.
Please see the other links for more info and feel free to copy and distribute the poster below.

We look forward to seeing you all!

Join the Toy Run Facebook group HERE