Wednesday 7 December 2016

Thank You For Your Support!

As always thank you for your wonderful support at this year's event which attracted a broad spectrum of representation from across the motorcycling fraternity. Well over 2200 people took part in the ride, which as you can imagine, brought a huge number of gifts which will be distributed by Barnardo's High Close School.

We continue to be immensely fortunate to have the connection with the school. It really is an exceptional facility and all the staff and pupils whole heartedly support this event and enable the donated gifts to be distributed far and wide, where most needed.

We would also like to extend our thanks to the local media and also the members of the community for cheering the event on with such enthusiasm! Thank you also for the community's patience with regards to the temporary road closures, we hope that the advanced sign posting is working well to assist with planning journeys. It takes a team of over 100 marshals, an additional road crew and paramedics to ensure that the event runs legally and safely - all are volunteers; our deepest thanks to them and everyone else that makes it all fit together.

Prior to next years run there will be additional information on this web site regarding expected road rules to be observed by all participants of the run and also some advice for spectators, to ensure the event continues to be a safe experience for everyone.

This year we welcomed BBC's Songs of Praise to the event, who will broadcast a feature in one of the pre Christmas shows coming up. (You may be pleased to know that the committee wasn't required to contribute a choral contribution, although it might have been worth a go!).

The close of the day however, was tinged with sadness, as one of our regular participants was taken ill at the end of the event and sadly did not recover, despite the dedicated efforts of run participants and event paramedics. We are all naturally, deeply saddened and extend our love and assurance of our prayers to Pete's family in these unexpected days of heartbreak and pain. Over the years many precious friendships have been formed through the Toy Run, moments like this make that more painful, but also bring to the fore the genuineness of the community we share.

Christmas is a time of joy and sharing, but it is also a story marked by struggle and pain. It is with that in mind we thank you for thinking of others in their struggle and we pray, this Christmas season will be one of comfort for those who need comfort and joy for those who are celebrating.

With thanks from us all on the organising committee.

Here's a personal note from Ben,

"I want to say a big thank you to all that turned up for the 2016 toy run. You have made a lot of children very happy all over the country. Once again we had an incredible turn out, with so many amazing people, bikes and outfits! It brought immense pride to see us all unite, showing that these children around us are not forgotten. Sadly this year, a committed member of our toy run family, Pete, was unable to ride home after being taken ill at the end of the event. I believe he is now in God's hands. Thank you all once again, see you all next year. 
Thank God for Pete.
Thank God for bikers"

(Photos from various sources on the Reading Toy Run 
Facebook group)

Sunday 11 September 2016

The date for the 2016 Reading Christian Bikers 31st Annual Toy Run is set to be Sunday 4th 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 31st Anniversary ride!

Feel Free To Copy & Circulate This 2016 Toy Run Poster

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