It may have been a cold dull morning, but 18 riders turned up at Hothfield to help celebrate Russell’s special birthday ride to Dymchurch, including Lisa, Anita and Brian who cycled about 20 miles to get there. An uneventful route thankfully that went out through the lanes past Stubbs Cross, where we said goodbye to Matt Gregory, then onto Aldington and the marsh, unusually without hardly any wind to Dymchurch. Due to our numbers ,we split into two cafe groups, but reassembled as Rachel had baked a cake and presented it to Russ with a firework type lit cake candle. It was quickly dispatched by all present. All to soon it was out for the return, part of which was along the sea wall path from St Mary’s Bay to Littlestone, then to Ivychurch and another stop at The Rare Breeds Centre ,near Woodchurch. With time pressing on,some riders carried on leaving the rest to have a drink. From there it was a quick nip up to Shadoxhurst towards Great Chart and the finish,with those intrepid three riding home again. A ride distance of 43 miles at about 13 mph average. Great ride Russ, Thankyou.