Frost Bite Run 2021

The Route - Tutbury to Blake Hall Fisheries near Cheadle


John  Earp has sent this report:

Sunday November 11th the final VMCC Burton section run of 2021 - called the frostbite run - however this morning was sunny and no frost in sight.
I arrived early at Tutbury car park but already quite a few bikes had assembled ready for the run. As it got nearer to 10.00 more and more arrived until I think we had well over 40 riders taking part on the run using a very wide and varied selection of bikes.
Once again Eddy Grew explained the drop off system in great detail and how this would work on the run also and that we would be taking a refreshments stop at Blake Hall Fisheries in Cheadle (just in case anyone got lost) then it was time to go.
Turning right out of the car Park towards Tutbury Castle through Marchington, towards Uttoxeter left towards Kingsone right over the A518 towards Bramshall and onto the Stone road.
Our leader took us on various ‘B’ roads in the direction of Cheadle and the drop off system was working perfectly with everyone where they should when they should be.
Eventually we arrived at a long gravely track which led us to Blake Hall Fisheries in Cheadle for a refreshment stop.
I had a breakfast and mug of tea which was much appreciated as the sun had now gone behind the clouds and a cool wind had taken its place.
After an hour or so we continued our ride back through ‘darkest’ Staffordshire, towards Oakamoor by the river Churnet - into Alton where an uphill junction with a sharp right onto the main road must have tested all our biking skills not to mention our clutches and brakes.
After a very pleasant return route we arrived back in the car park at Tutbury.  Some had already gone their own way but those of us that returned to the car park had chance for a chat about all things biking before returning home.
Thanks to Mick Leach for leading us on such an interesting and enjoyable route, thanks to Eddy for his explanation of the drop off system which worked perfectly, thanks to Brian our resident photographer, to the Bob Higgs who was last man man and all that took part to make it a most enjoyable day.


I have photographs from a several people a selection of which can be seen below.  There is a link to a video of the event below the photographs.  The first. 4 shots from David Giles.

Eddy and Mick giving the briefing before the start.

Leaving the start. Vic on his Tiger 100 followed by John Renwick on his side-valve Sunbeam.

Bill Shackleford - BSA Goldstar.

Tail-end Charlie, Bob Higgs on his Vulcan outfit.

Car park shots from Dave Prescott.

Two from Andy Roberts at the Blake Hall Fishery stop.

John Earp Photographs

Brian Slack has sent a selection of some of the photographs he took at the event.

Link to YouTube video of this event