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Grannies clad in leather take on charity run

By Essex Chronicle  |  Posted: May 17, 2012

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NEARLY 50 grandmas joined leather-clad bikers for a charity ride across Essex.

Taking part in the fifth annual Granny Run, 46 women from across the county were paired with a rider from the Goldwing owners of Great Britain for the ride from Chelmsford to Mersea Island.

As the wind whistled through their hair, the grandmothers hoped to raise as much as possible for Broomfield hospital's breast reconstruction unit.

Janice Goodall, 65, from Chelmsford was taking part with her mum great-grandmother to seven Joan Cowell.

Mrs Goodall, who was cheered on by granddaughter Poppy, said: "It's great fun and a fantastic way to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.

"My mum's carer has just been diagnosed with cancer and I had breast cancer so it does affect all of us. It's important to raise money for the unit, which does such a fantastic job."

Janice's mum 87-year-old Mrs Cowell, added: "It's great fun.

"I did feel a little nervous before the run but it's a great experience to be part of."

The oldest granny taking part was 91-year-old Edna Wilson. She said: "I like the bike to go as fast as possible, I first went on a motorbike for my 90th birthday and love it. This is just a great event to be part of."

Starting off at the back of Broomfield Hospital the grannies and their bikers travelled across Essex finishing at Waldegraves Holiday Park on Mersea Island.

Organiser John Hall, 55, who has been riding a Goldwing for 14 years, said: "The Granny Run has been going for five years and so far we've raised £52,000.

"We hope by the end of this year's event we will have topped £60,000. It's a brilliant event to be part of and we're really thankful to all the guys coming down on their bikes and for taking the grannies for a run."

The event is organised by the local branch of the Goldwing owners, who called upon bikers from all over Britain for the event which raises cash for Broomfield Hospital every year.

All the money from this year's event will be donated to the breast reconstruction unit at the hospital which helps women who are suffering or who are recovering from breast cancer.

The money will go towards buying the department special bras, dressings and operating tables, making the process of breast reconstruction more comfortable for patients.

Pat Schorah, from Dunmow, said: "I have rheumatoid arthritis, so use a little buggy. I love telling people I'm doing a granny run. This is a sponsored run I can be involved in, as I can raise money by just sitting on a bike.

"I also think it's great when people see all these big bikes going past and then on the backs are little grannies."

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