Bikers gear up for the 25th Easter egg run from Bottesford to Grantham

The Easter egg run.
The Easter egg run.
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Bikers across the region are gearing up to take part in the 25th annual Easter egg run later this month.

On March 29, hundreds of motorcyclists are expected to ‘vroom’ their way into Grantham from Bottesford, to deliver Easter eggs to go on to underprivileged children.

Organiser John Bartlett is praying for warm, sunny weather. He is also hoping for a big turn-out of bikers and onlookers to cheer them on.

John said: “Having people cheer us on makes it special.

“With it being the 25th year, I’ve worked out that we’ve raised around 25,000 toys, 30,000 eggs and £15,000 in cash to local charities.”

Bikers will gather at the Red Lion pub in Bottesford, from where they will set off at 11am en masse along the A52 to Grantham. They will arrive at The Meres Leisure Centre around 45 minutes later, delivering the chocolate eggs and stopping for refreshments.

John is waiting to hear whether Lincolnshire Police will support the event this year by marshalling the main junctions. Help was reinstated during the bikers’ Christmas toy run last year after a period without, and it helped the trip run smoothly.

John said: “It made such a big difference having the officers there.”

As with the toys at Christmas-time, the Easter eggs will be taken from The Meres by members of Grantham’s Seventh-day Adventist Church and delivered to Home-Start Grantham and children’s homes in the wider area.

Any monetary donations made by the bikers on the day will go to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.