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Newsletter September 2012
Gibraltar on a Norton


 Welcome to the launch of the Boundary 500 Motorcycle Group official newsletter. It‟s aims are to continue the good work of the Boundary Group to date in promoting a positive image of motorcycling and supporting the Great North Air Ambulance in the North East and Cumbria and Zoe‟s Place Children‟s Hospice (Middlesbrough) charities.

For those who aren‟t familiar with the birth of the Boundary 500 Group, it was initiated by Brian Laverick to raise much needed funding for the two charities, neither of which receives any government funding. It all started in 2006 with an idea to have the Boundary 500 Challenge. 137 sponsored motorbike riders and pillions rode the boundary of the area covered by the Great North Air Ambulances of the North East and Cumbria. Then the Santa Run took place, 28 sponsored motorcyclists and pillions dressed as Santa riding through Cleveland. As anyone who took part in the most recent of these events will know, they are now VERY popular with riders and the public alike and the number of entrants has grown; 213 participants on the last Santa run!

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Boundary Classic Motorcycle Challenge.
A 125 mile around the Yorkshire Moors/ Dales and takes place in June every year.

Boundary 500 Motorcycle Challenge.
A 500 mile ride around the area covered by The Great North Air Ambulance takes place in June of every year. Riders can take one or two days.

Boundary Marathon.
A 3000 mile ride around the coastlines of England, Scotland and Wales. The Marathon is open from 1st January – 31st December every year.

Boundary International.
On the International Ride start from a European port of their choice. The ride entails visiting five countries and travelling approximately 3000 miles. Due to riding over high mountain passes this event can only be run between 20th May. – 20th September each year

The European Coastal Challenge.
This event starts and fishes at Calais and involves a 7,500 miles around Europe’s coastline. Due to riding over high mountain passes this event can only be run between 20th May. – 20th September each year.

Combined JT Memorial & Santa Ride.
This popular event involving motorcyclists dressed as Father Christmas takes place every December. [/note]

 Due to the rapid growth of the group, there is now a very active Cumbrian section.

 The Boundary 500 Group is generously supported by various businesses in the area and also has very close links with Cleveland and Durham Police Motorcycle Sections. The police motorcyclists regularly escort the Santa run and without them it would be impossible to continue with it. There are also regular initiatives to assist motorcyclists to improve their riding techniques, safety, etc, observed rides for example.

 As well as the formal fundraising rides there are numerous informal ride outs which are open to anyone – any age, any level of experience and either sex. We have had regular attendance by learner riders, too. The rides are well organised, without being restrictive, using the drop-off system so that nobody can get lost or is left behind. The drop-off system is described in more detail on the forum and before each ride. Non-riding partners are also made very welcome in the Group and many have become involved not only in the social events but in providing additional support to the fundraising activities – there‟s a lot of tea making, tent erecting and ticket stamping required at these events! There are no fees to join the Boundary 500 Group or the general ride outs. The only stipulation is that while representing the Boundary 500 Group in any way, i.e. bike stickers, t-shirts, etc, members conduct themselves in an appropriate manner both on and off their bikes. All we ask is that you bring a smile and a commitment to helping the community and enjoy your participation.

 So, if this sounds like your kind of group GET INVOLVED! There is no restriction on type of bike and while we have some lady riders we always welcome more! Members of the Group can be found regularly on a Tuesday evening at Lord Stones Cafe, Carlton in Cleveland. We look forward to meeting you!

 Registration details and forms for the sponsored rides are available from You can also follow the link to the Boundary 500 Forum.




[frame align=”center”][/frame] People getting ready for the 2009 Boundary Classic. 125 miles of
North Yorkshires finest roads with tea, cheese and ice cream on the way.


The Santa Run Saga.
Words by Julie D

Back in December 2009, a large number of motorcyclists were watching the weather forecasts very closely. The fourth annual Boundary 500 Motorcycle Group Santa Ride to raise much needed funds for Zoe‟s Place Children‟s Hospice was in serious danger of being postponed due to the persistent snowfall, the severity of which hadn‟t been seen since the 1980‟s. Hopes were high when the snow began to melt but, with only days to go, the snow returned. Zoë’s Place costs a small fortune to run and calling off the ride would seriously affect the much needed sponsorship funds for the hospice. A tough call, but safety is always at the forefront of the Boundary 500 fundraising organisers and, with only two days to go, the decision was made to postpone the ride.

A lot of planning goes into the Boundary 500 sponsored rides and so rearranging the date when you are trying to accommodate over 200 motorcyclists, an operational fire station, police motorcyclists from two operational areas and an open top bus based in Whitby is quite an undertaking! The date for the ride was reset, taking into account unpredictable snowfall, for 14th of February 2010 and, although there were discussions around changing the dressing up theme, Santa won out against Cupid. It was decided to rename the ride on this occasion to the “Santa Slept In” ride and the new date was communicated to the public via the local press.

As always, the Boundary 500 Group rallied to the cause with small groups meeting up at various locations to travel together to the main meeting point at Thornaby Fire Station. There were some concerns initially that a Santa ride on Valentine‟s Day would not be as well received, but that‟s never stopped us from doing the unexpected before!

Thornaby Fire Station disappeared beneath a sea of Santa’s of all sizes on motorbikes of all kinds with tinsel, Christmas trees and baubles everywhere! People with their children were gathered on the main road waiting for the ride to begin. Kids were a little dumbfounded and parents were trying to explain why Santa was out on Valentines day, but there were plenty of smiles and cameras and camera phones were at the ready. The volunteers at Thornaby Fire Station were a welcome sight with a nice cuppa and a biscuit before we set off.

The ride through Thornaby, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar was met with many well-wishers both at the roadside and waving from their houses. The police riders from Cleveland and Durham did a fantastic job all along the route and the patience of the Teesside drivers must be acknowledged, too, with lots of good natured honks and waves as we passed. The convoy eventually reached Kirkleatham Hall where the much needed coffee and bacon buns were waiting. With most of the Santa‟s hunger sated, a word of thanks was given by Paul Joyce, Chairman of the Boundary 500 Group, to everyone involved in the ride and their supporters. Well done to all involved. This event would not happen without the involvement and commitment of everyone.

Here‟s to next year, and Santa – NO SNOW NEXT DECEMBER PLEASE!

Luke Reynolds, one of the younger members of the Boundary 500 Group, presented a cheque for £100 to Peter Porley, Chairman of Cleveland Fire Authority, for the Fire-fighters Benevolent Fund in recognition of the support of the Cleveland Fire Service to the Boundary 500 fundraising activities.

The snow didn’t stop one rider from having a bit of fun. Always ready to brave the Cumbrian weather, Peter “SKS”, the Boundary Lead for the Cumbrian Section of the Group, tried not to turn his „sleigh‟ into a snow plough…..

Malcolm “Steadyaway” of the Cleveland Section took up ballet to maintain his fitness for the ride during the postponement…….

I‟m not sure he‟s quite ready for “Swan Lake” just yet.

We don‟t just do charity rides. In August 2009, a handful of friends arranged a ride out to Surprise View in the Lake District. This was the beginning of one of our many, and very popular, Bacon Bun Runs. When nearly 40 bikes turned up, we knew this was going to be a great ride. Starting from Conyers school, Yarm, the briefing was given and off we set. Reaching surprise view, the stoves, bacon and sausages came out and the banter started. The run continued after a few belts were loosened and the location left clean and tidy. We tend to meet up with friends from the GNAA who are only too willing to brew up the tea. Check the forum for details of the next ride. It shouldn‟t be missed


Your newsletter team comprises…

Typesetter and editor of the news letter. Julie. Editor of submissions and content. Karen

. Proof and printing .

All submissions will be acknowledged and copyright remains with the author. Submissions to the newsletter can be made to Andy or Julie (rockhound or JulieD) via the forum, or directly via e-mail at



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Words by Julie D

Brian Laverick is the organiser of the Boundary 500 Motorcycle Group, which he created in 2006 to promote motorcycling activities and to raise money for local charities.

The very first event was supported by Cleveland Fire Brigade, Tillston‟s Motorcycles of Stockton, Simon Bailes Peugeot dealership of Stockton and Northallerton, Altberg Boots of Richmond and Lord Stones Cafe of Carlton and on the day 137 riders took part. It was hoped that they would raise in the region of £4110 for the GNAA. The amount raised was in excess of £33,000, a remarkable amount.

Everyone who took part felt that the event should take place every year, which it now does.

From the feedback received after the Challenge event Brian felt there was scope to support a second charity. Zoe‟s Place Children‟s Hospice, was chosen, a small establishment with a very big heart in its staff. As Brian said in one interview “everybody else is thinking about what toy they want for Christmas; All these children want is to live”. So in December 2006 the first Santa Ride was born. 28 motorcyclists dressed as Santa and decorated their bikes. Riding from Thornaby through Stockton and Middlesbrough to Redcar, they put a cheer into Christmas. Much needed funds of £1500 were raised for Zoë‟s Baby Hospice and the event was very well received. Once again, the feedback Brian received was that it should become an annual event.

The 2007 event saw the number of Santa‟s increase to 130. This now required a police escort. Cleveland Police Motorcycle section, with help from their Durham colleagues, were eager to

help out and continue to do so. This ride raised £19,000. 2008 saw the introduction of the open top double decker bus. This allowed local dignitaries and children from the hospice to take part in the ride. Another astounding success with £26,000 raised.

2007 saw the Boundary classic introduced for riders of classic bikes. It is now open to any machine and caters for those who don‟t feel up to 500 miles but still want to help raise money. We‟ve recently had some monkey bikes complete the 125 miles. This first event was plagued by bad weather but still attracted 250 riders who raised £55,000. As with the challenge and the Santa ride, this is now an annual event. We now have new, more demanding events. The Marathon is a 3000 miles tour round the British coast, The International is 3000 miles through France, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Italy. The latest event, the European Coastal Challenge involves some 8000 miles down the west coast of Europe. The Boundary 500 group has raised almost £250,000 and has grown to a size that requires some management structure. Paul Joyce leads the small management team as chairman.

Come and be a part of a fantastic experience! You can make a difference.

Taking on the Challenge.

Upcoming events. Dates for the Diary.

10th April

Press launch of the New Teesside GNAA helicopter at Lords Stones Cafe, Carlton in Cleveland.

1st May

Tillstons 10% day. Get 10% off the marked price of clothing, gloves, helmets and accessories at Tillston Motorcycles, Stockton

8th-13th June

The Boundary week. Beginning on Tuesday 8th June, Lord Stones Cafe will host the Boundary500 week. A perfect excuse for a family outing.

The sponsored rides begin with the 500 mile Challenge departing from Lord Stones Cafe on Saturday 12th followed by the 125 mile Classic departing from Lord Stones Cafe on the Sunday. Cumbrian riders of the Challenge will be able to set off from The Central Hotel, Egremont. Check the forum for more details including camping arrangements

11th July

Ridewell. A Cleveland Police Road Policing Unit initiative, this event will take place on 11th July at Wynyard Hall. Another great day out for all the family.

Keep checking the website for further details.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service and Zoë’s Baby Hospice need the support of the local community.

As Cleveland’s premier multi-franchise motorcycle dealer, we are proud to be one of the sponsors of The Boundary 500 Motorcycle Group. Tillston Motorcycles is Cleveland’s largest multi-franchise dealership specialising in motorcycles and scooters. We offer a large range of clothing and accessories for all motorcyclists. Franchised to Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Aprilia. “we are BIG on bikes”. Please call into our showrooms or phone our sales team on 01642 611189 for our latest deals and offers. We will not be beaten on price.

Cut out the voucher and grab yourself a bargain.

Take this voucher to Tillstons’ on 1st May and get 10% off the marked price of clothing, gloves, helmets and accessories.





Boundary 500 Supporters/Sponsors.

Simon Bailes Peugeot. Cleveland Fire Brigade.

Brymor Ice-cream. Morrison’s Superstores.

Kearton Country Hotel. Marske Furnishings.

Action Advertising.

Sign Studio. Wensleydale Creamery.

Middlesbrough Teaching & Learning Centre.

Secure-All Storage.

Alt-berg Boots.

Lord Stones Cafe.

Tillston Motorcycles.

Peter Thwaites’s Banzai Weekend

In Peter‟s own words…

“So here’s the deal; I finish work at 3.30 pm on Friday 21st May and ride my DL1000 300 miles to the New Forest where I camp up. On Saturday 22nd I ride the 200 miles to Lands End and then onto John O’Groats, a total distance of 1,010 miles and an Iron Butt qualifying distance. On Sunday 23rd I ride a leisurely 400 miles back home. On Monday 24th I get up and go to work as usual”. This is all in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance and donations will be gratefully received

Somewhere in there, if he’s really lucky, he will meet up to ride part of the way with the Magnificent 7 doing the Boundary Marathon.

The Quick Run Round



– PaulJ, Brian Laverick, Paul Joyce, Steadyaway, Stillight, Wilkyman, Roadsweeper

The Magnificent 7, as they are now known, will leave Teesside at approximately 4 am on the Friday 21




st May 2010 and return triumphant to Lord Stones Café at Carlton on the evening of the Tuesday 25th


May 2010 after a 3000 mile marathon. Tents have been purchased, stop over locations have been discussed and routes have been planned – Day one 650 miles, Day two 650 miles, Day three 540 miles, Day four (a relaxing) 420miles, Day five 540 miles. Distances are subject to change as and when they get lost. This is not a trip for the faint hearted or soft of bottom.

All donations gratefully received at

Iron Butts and Marathons.

The International

Gary and friends will be setting off on the Boundary International, a 3000 mile tour of Europe, on the 2




July. One of them will be riding an R1. Good luck with the bum transplant when you get back!







ancy giving your riding skills a bit of a refresher? The Boundary500 will soon be introducing riding skills appreciation and assessment rides. Learn how to corner without sacrificing safety or speed, how to take advantage of road positioning, how to overtake in a safe and unobtrusive manner. Ride will be recorded so you can see how you ride and not how you think you ride.



A Word from Paul Joyce, Chairman of the

Boundary500 Group

I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak to you through our new Newsletter. The Boundary 500 Motorcycle Group has gone from strength to strength and this has only been achieved through the enthusiasm and efforts of the many great people that are part of the Group. Innovations such as this newsletter will bring our efforts to the attention of an even bigger audience and encourage as wide a spectrum of people as possible to join in and support what we do best.

I am looking forward to a great year in prospect and reading many exciting accounts from the Group members through this newsletter and our brilliant website. If you‟re not involved yet please take time to consider it – whether you ride a motorbike yourself, ride pillion or are simply motivated to join in we look forward to hearing from you.




On the 22nd July Ann and Julie are beginning the Boundary 500 Marathon – Ann for the third time, Julie for her first time. They are following in the footsteps of the Magnificent 7 but at a more ladylike pace. The plan is to set off from Durham Tees Valley Airport at 8am on the Thursday morning and anyone who wishes to is more than welcome to come and wave them off, or even escort them to the first checkpoint at Whitby. After Whitby they will say farewell to any riders who have accompanied them to that point and will travel onwards to whatever adventures (and knowing these two there will be plenty!) await them! As Ridewell takes place on Sunday 11th July they will be bringing their bikes fully dressed up to advertise their marathon and hopefully attract some interest in the Boundary Marathon sponsorship. A journal of their adventures and accompanying photographs, entitled Ladies of Leathers, will be published to the Boundary Forum when they return.

Total Amount Raised

Since June 2006
we have raised


£ 676333

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Entries to Date

European Coastal: 0
International: 0
Lake Classic: 0
Marathon: 0
Extremities: 0
Gaelic: 0
Challenge: 0
TT Challenge 0
Classic: 0
Coast 2 Coast: 0
Christmas/JT: 200