Dunwich Dynamo
July 23rd/24th

The Hounslow and District Wheelers is not, as you might have imagined, entirely about racing.

Four members completed the 117 mile Dunwich Dynamo ride over the night of the 24/25th July. Yes, the night since this is essentially a night ride with our party leaving London Fields, Hackney about 8pm and arriving at Dunwich beach about 6am the following morning The main Hounslow contingent included Graham Davis, Patsy Howe and Nicki Sorfleet. Simon Graham also took part, but in another group of riders.

The route, mainly on country lanes after Epping, went via Moreton, Great Dunmow, Finchingfield, Sudbury and Framlingham. There was a feeding station at a remote village hall (Sible Hedingham) after about 55 miles, but the Hounslow group found this very crowded when they arrived and believing there to be a 24 hour garage a few miles further at Sudbury, they pushed on hoping to use it to restock with food and drink. They found nothing open in Sudbury, but were lucky enough to come across a local man, waiting to help a friend on the ride, who refilled their drinking bottles. “He saved our lives” said Patsy. Dawn broke with about 25 miles left to ride, and once daylight came the job seemed almost done.

Graham, Patsy and Nicki (with three other non Hounslow riders) plan to ride from John O'Groats to Lands End in September. They hope to cover the distance in ten days and saw the Dunwich ride as part of their preparation. We wish them every good fortune with this undertaking.

The Dunwich Dynamo ride has taken place each year since 1993. From small beginnings it has grown enormously with almost every edition being bigger than the preceding one. The 1000 participant milestone was passed in 2009, and all the indications are that this year was significantly larger, but estimates are not yet in. The event is organised by Southwark Cyclists and interestingly there is no charge for entry, although a 1 donation is suggested for the route sheet. If anyone would like more information Google will provide it.

Chris Lovibond