So there you have it - we're into April already and there's only two weeks until Easter Sunday. The parade will follow the new route established in 2016 which passes both Scottish TV channel headquarters as well as the Daily Record offices. Many commented that the latest route flowed very well, and also that the parking arrangements on the new hospital site were much easier.
Never ones to take things for granted, we are delighted to confirm technical support for participants on the day. This service will be kindly provided once again by Bill The Biker (and friends). Bill has been a tireless supporter of both the biking community and charities for more years than any of us would admit to remembering. ;)
Comes along and enjoy the day.
Charity and voluntary sector newsletter "Third Force News" features our event on the front of the April 1st Edition. The publication lands on the desks of all sorts of businesses as well as the more obvious readers. Thanks for the boost guys!
C.H.E.E.R makes the FRONT PAGE as well as the Scottish National TV News - yes, National rather than regional.
The Herald used a colourful shot to lead for the inside story within, whilst STV News ran a nice piece at the end of the national bulletin at 6.30pm on Sunday evening. It's on their "Player" for 6 days if you missed out.
Popular Glasgow paper, The Evening Times did us proud with a TWO PAGE pictorial feature once again.
Online, the BBC News website did a great job too. HERE.
Your lead marshal team has been out over the weekend inspecting the route as well as setting up some car park barriers, cones and toilets. All is looking good for tomorrows run especially since the forecast is much better than today. Light showers only, so hopefully the car park will be reasonably dry. Police motorcycles have also been around and had a chat, so we can confirm that the parade will run red traffic lights. Please keep the parade tight rather than spread out to maximise the spectacle and aid smooth flow along the route. Leaving gaps increases the chances of stray cars intruding on us and compromising safety.
Remember that assembly is from 10 a.m. for an 11 a.m departure and that the clocks go FORWARD 1hr tonight. Don't sleep in.
We are delighted to have the Glasgow based company Scottoiler joining us for Glasgow C.H.E.E.R The company will join us on the day and display their world famous products at the finish point. Staff will be happy to answer any technical questions that you might have. Those with a Scottoiler unit fitted to their bike can take advantage of a top-up too!
Well, hopefully the weather will repeat it's performance of this weekend for us. Many of you will have had the bike(s) out and hopefully they've had a good check and some fresh fuel added. Nobody wants to break down during the parade but sometimes life surprises us all. How is your battery? Did it survive the cold of winter? If you haven't managed a run yet or indeed to check your bike over, now's the time. Don't leave it too late.
See you all on Easter Sunday.
Just 7 Days to go! Hopefully at this time next Sunday, we'll all be assembling in similar sunny weather for the first ever Glasgow C.H.E.E.R and about to contribute a large total to the charity. Our marshals have been over the route and know what to expect. Fingers crossed that the weather delivers.
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All the main "City Centre" biking stores now have posters and flyers, so the word should be spreading. It's just such a pity that we didn't get a route approved etc until so late on.
Stores with Publicity in place:
Bill the Biker - Alexander Parade (Our recovery Coordinator)
Bikes on Parade - Alexander Parade
West Coast Harley - North St
Victor Devine (Honda) - Hydepark St
Micky Oates (Suzuki) - Port Dundas
J&S Accessories - Gt Western Rd
Hein Gericke - Gt Western Rd
Ducati Glasgow - Gt Western Rd
Some of the team have been at the Scottish Motorcycle Show today in Edinburgh. As well as generally enjoying themselves and grabbing any bargains, a bit of publicity is always on the cards. Here is the "Morcambe Missile", TT Record holder John McGuinness showing his support for the Egg Run.
Nice one team.
So today we were made aware of a rumour that "half the donations are going to car parking".
Well, rumours are more often than not complex. The truth in this instance is simple. 100% of your donations go directly to Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity (Formerly "Yorkhill Children's Charity" and before that "Yorkhill Children's Foundation"). There, that is the truth. The car park being used upon arrival is closed at the weekends and is being given by the owners Ogilvie at NO CHARGE.
Please note that this particular rumour has caused some ripples and is not in the slightest bit helpful to our task of raising money for the Children's Hospital. Thanks for that whomever started the tale.