Read­ing Toy Run:

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Ôweõre brought to­gether by a mu­tual love of bikes and a great causeõ

Su­san Ri­ley joined in the 2015 Read­ing Toy Run, which has seen bik­ers do­nate more than 250,000 toys and over £30,000 to Bar­nado’s since 1985. The event on De­cem­ber 6, 2015 at­tracted 2000 peo­ple on 1700 bikes.

Santa beams down from her gleam­ing red Vespa. Elves com­pare tin­sel-strewn sports­bikes. Pen­guins and pud­dings ad­mire the enor­mous Christ­mas tree sprout­ing from the back of Bat­man’s BMW R1200GS.

This is the 30th an­niver­sary of the Read­ing Toy Run, a mass ride for fes­tively-cos­tumed bik­ers to do­nate toys to Bar­nado’s. The first event in 1985, or­gan­ised by the Read­ing Branch of the Chris­tian Motorcyclists As­so­ci­a­tion, at­tracted 18 rid­ers. Con­tin­ued by a core of firm friends from that orig­i­nal group, the event now pulls in around 2000 peo­ple and set a Guin­ness World Record in 2014 for the most par­tic­i­pants in a toy run.

“It’s my fourth time here,” grins Su­san Ri­ley from her fes­tooned Vespa. “I came by my­self, but you’re in­stantly wel­comed. It’s ex­hil­a­rat­ing; rid­ing with your fel­low bik­ers in a mas­sive group of like-minded peo­ple, all brought to­gether by a mu­tual love of bikes and a great cause… see­ing the cos­tumes and the thou­sands lin­ing the streets, lit­tle kids wav­ing, be­ing part of the at­mos­phere and know you’re do­ing good too – you get back so much more than you give!”

Su­sanõs ad­vice on join­ing in

“It’s eas­ier to take part than you think. With Read­ing Toy Run there’s no reg­is­tra­tion process or fee. Meet a lo­cal rid­ing group if you’re ner­vous, but re­ally just turn up with a toy – the fan­tas­tic bik­ing com­mu­nity will take care of you!”

This yearõs eventsé

Keep an eye on www. read­ing­ for the 2016 date, but if you can’t wait, try an Easter Egg ride­out like the Wir­ral Egg Run on Sun­day, March 13 (www.wirra­leg­

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