Ballymena bikers are getting revved up for some serious fundraising for charity.
Sunday, March 29, will see the return of the annual Ballymena Rider Training “Motorcycle Egg Run” which to date has raised thousands of pounds for good causes.
Organisers are hopeful for some fresh spring weather for what many of the province’s bikers consider the first run out of the biking season - and what better excuse than a trip to the coast whilst raising money for charity.
Participants should gather and leave the car park at Ballymena Honda in Pennybridge Industrial Estate Ballymena at 1.30pm sharp.
The bikes will take the scenic route past Slemish and through the Glens to Carnlough where there will be a short stop. After a ride along the Coast Road, the run will return to Ballymena where refreshments will be provided for participants.
Cost is a minimum of £5 per bike plus an Easter egg if possible and these will all be donated to local children’s charities. All other proceeds will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care
2015 marks the 22nd year that the run has been taking place making it one of Ireland’s longest and most successful charity motorcycle events.
Ballymena Rider Training Chief Instructor David McGuckin acknowledges the support from bikers attending the event in the past.
He says: “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. 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 encourage those who are not motorcyclists to come along and see the event.”
Marie Curie Cancer Care is a Charity that supports patients with terminal cancer and other illnesses and all funds raised will help the charity to continue to do the invaluable work that it does in Northern Ireland. Donations from the Ballymena Egg run over the past 5 years have exceeded £8000.
“Thanks to local business a number of prizes are raffled amongst participants when the run concludes with light refreshments at the Ballymena Showgrounds. 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,” said David.
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 & Twitter (The Annual NI Easter Egg Run).