The Gayford Flyer Returns!!
(Keep September 12th 2021 free...)
Every year, in late summer, HCC organises and promotes a 'Sportive' - a signposted, organised ride over a fixed route starting at a fixed time. This is not a competitive ride; you may ride as slow as you like - enjoy our wonderful countryside! There are two distances available: about 30 miles and 60 miles. Details of this year's routes will soon be finalised, but previous years' routes can be seen below. Entries are now open at British Cycling at £15 - click here
Oswald Gayford was a locally-born celebrated pioneer aviator who, in 1933, set a time record for the flight from UK to South Africa. In a distinguished military career, he reached the rank of Air Commodore in the RAF at the end of WW2, having started as a basic Seaman in the Royal Navy in WW1. On the way, he was for a period Officer Commanding RAF Wattisham, our local, and still open (as an Army airbase) military airfield. More details are available here.
NOTE! The 2021 edition of the Flyer will be on new routes. Standby for further information when it is released...
Lancaster Route: 34 miles (54 km).This route visits Naughton (Oswald's resting place) and Wattisham, passes close to Elmsett airfield, and has a refreshment stop at the former RAF Rattlesden airfield.
Spitfire Route: at 60 miles (97km), our more challenging ride. On the way, this route visits Naughton, Elmsett Airfield, Wattisham Airfield, and Rattlesden (refreshment stop). It also goes close to RAF Lavenham. For pictures, past and present, of these and other local aviation sites, please visit the Airfield Research Group.