More than 1,500 motorcyclists will take to Cornwall’s roads this weekend for one of the county’s most watched spectacles.

The 32nd Martin Jennings Memorial Motorcycle Charity Run is scheduled to take place on Sunday (September 8) in aid of Cornwall Blood Bikes and Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Bikers are due to meet at the Tregurra Park and Ride car park, Newquay Road, Truro, at 8:30am for a 10:30am start.

It was started in 1987, a year after the death of Martin Jennings, of Beacon, Camborne, at the Isle of Man Manx GP. He was 39.

David Saunby, from Falmouth, decided to hold the ride in his memory. That first ride had about 30 riders – now it attracts up to 2,000.

Bikes of all shapes, sizes and vintages take part, with many riders also adding a bit of fun to the event, with fancy helmets and outfits. 

The event sees spectators scrambling for a vantage point to witness the action.

Despite raising in excess of £6,000 for charity last year, the event did see riders involved in crashes and now Mr Saunby has laid down the law to riders.

Four people were injured as three motorbikes were involved and the A30 was closed in both directions while the emergency services attended to the incident and one rider was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth with serious injuries.

He said: “There were a few unfortunate accidents last year but nobody was seriously hurt. With the amount of riders these things happen.

“It was a lack of concentration really, nobody was speeding. It was one mate going into another.”

The morning part of the route will remain a secret so it can be more easily controlled but at 2pm the grand parade will make its way from Chiverton Cross roundabout down the A30, turning off at Camborne West and up to Beacon where a minute’s silence will be held for Martin and other riders who have lost their lives on the road.

The procession will then wind from Troon, to Helston and to Falmouth Rugby Club where it will arrive at approximately 4pm.

Mr Saunby added: “We’re all looking forward to it. We’re hoping for good weather and it’s looking promising at the moment. If there’s adverse weather conditions we’ll move the event back a week.

“Last year we raised more than £6,000 from riders’ entry fees and this year the charities will be collecting the money at the start. We don’t do any of the collections.

“Everything is in order ready to go and we’re hoping for a safe ride. We want everyone to behave and enjoy themselves and those who want to ride fast should stay away.”

For latest updates on the event riders should keep an eye on the Martin Jennings Memorial Run Facebook page.

Source: cornwalllive.com