Annual Easter Egg motorcycle run

The annual Ballymena Easter Egg Run will take place on March 20 leaving at 1.30pm sharp from Pennybridge Industrial Estate.
The annual Ballymena Easter Egg Run will take place on March 20 leaving at 1.30pm sharp from Pennybridge Industrial Estate.

The annual Ballymena Easter Egg Run will take place on March 20 leaving at 1.30pm sharp from Pennybridge Industrial Estate.

This is the 23rd anniversary of the Egg Run and organisers are hopeful for some fresh spring weather despite the event falling slightly earlier than in previous years.

In a procession of motorcycles numbering into the hundreds, marshals oversee a scenic tour past Slemish and through the Glens down into Carnlough where there will be a short stop.

After a ride along the coast road, the run will return to Ballymena Showgrounds where refreshments will be provided for participants.

Cost is a minimum of £5 per bike plus an Easter egg if possible.

The Easter eggs will all be donated to local children’s charities and all other proceeds go to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Over the past 23 years the Egg Run has raised thousands of pounds for charity and many of its participants having been turning up since the first run in the early 90s.

Ballymena Rider Training Chief Instructor David McGuckin acknowledges the support from bikers attending the event in the past.

“I’m always amazed at the support we get. Many bikers have the Egg Run marked on their calendars as the first proper run out of the biking season, blowing off those winter cobwebs for a fantastic cause,” David said.

He added: “There is always a great atmosphere and each year people make new friends and associates based on the great comradery on the day.

“It is also learner friendly, something we get asked often, and moves at a sensible pace.

“I would even encourage those who are not motorcyclists to come along and see the event.”

It is important to mention that the event is made possible with the support of local businesses providing a variety of raffle prizes for participants.

Without the support of the council (Braid Arts Centre) and these local businesses the run just simply wouldn’t exist.

They very much help to make it happen.

Organisers wish to extend the invite to everyone on two wheels to come along and take part.

Whether you have a scooter, sports bike, custom or classic everyone can have a fantastic day out whilst helping to raise some money for charity and those without motorcycles are always welcome to come and view the wonderful array of machines as they set off.

Further Information can be found on Facebook and Twitter (The Annual NI Easter Egg Run) or by contacting co-organisers Gary Olphert on 07710 733292 or Walter Millar on 07507 639699.