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Events - Fred Hill Runs 2008

If you missed the Fred Hill runs on the 10th February there is still the opportunity to commemorate Fred's exceptional sacrifice in the name of biker's freedoms at the Thames Valley Fred Hill Run on Saturday 16th February.

16th February Thames Valley MAG Fred Hill Run Depart Chieveley Services 12:00pm, (J13 M4/A34) near Newbury. Short stop at Pear Tree Services to regroup. Destination Ride to Martyr's Memorial in Broad Street, Oxford. Followed by Thames Valley AGM and evening party.Information: Thames Valley Region Tel: 0790 500 35 85 Web:

Fred Hill Runs 2008 - A Question of Choice

The example set by Fred Hill in defying the compulsory helmet law throughout the nineteen seventies and eighties was extraordinary.

Nowhere in the world has anyone made such exceptional sacrifices in the name of bikers' freedoms.

A former army dispatch rider fighting for freedom in WW2, Fred was incensed by the compulsory helmet law.

He rode everywhere in an old beret, collecting hundreds of tickets.

Fred's refusal to pay the fines for helmet-less riding led to 31 jail sentences.

Once in the dock of a magistrate's court where a lady magistrate berated his lawlessness, Fred took the opportunity to remind her that if it hadn't been for women breaking the law some years ago, she wouldn't be sitting where she was.

Fred was seventy four years old when, in 1984, half way through a barbaric 60 day sentence, he died from a heart attack in London's gruesome Pentonville Prison.

Whether the helmet issue is important to you or not, we all owe it, not only to Fred but to ourselves, to sustain a ceaseless call for the reform of this outrageous legislation MAG is not and never has been anti-helmet.

We just think it is wrong to criminalise peope who wish to exercise choice over what they ride and what they wear.

The helmet law made naff all difference to fatality rates, it's a complete red herring.

In a country where violent yobs walk free from courts, laughing at the law, is it right or proportionate to criminalise and imprison those who just want to have choice over what they wear?

Be it dayglo, be it body armour, be it a helmet. It's all about the same thing - choice.

Is that really too much to expect?

Fred Hill Runs 2008

Greater London MAG

Sunday February 10th

Depart from the Ace Caf? at 1400.

Get there earlier there will be time for tea and breakfast. We will be going to Pentonville Prison, via a circuitous route, to lay a wreath in Fred's memory.

Information: Greater London Region

Contact: Gerard Livett a.k.a. Uncle Sol

Tel: 0870 774 3557



West Midlands MAG

Sunday February 10th

Ride in to the National Motorcycle Museum just off junction 6 of the M42, arrive at 1300. Group rides leaving from the Park Inn (Black Country MAG) at 1100 & The Bewell Head Working Mens Club, Bromsgrove (Bromsgrove MAG) at 1200.

The Unwanted MCC are organizing a ride in from the Beech Hotel, Burton Upon Trent at approx 1200.

The Boring Old Fartz will be meeting at the Tesco/ Notcutts carpark, just off Junction 4 M42 for a ride the long way round (via Lapworth) to the Museum.

Rides also from Telford & Coventry.

Information: West Midlands Region

Contact: Eddie Lowe

Tel: 01527 575843/07970 303528



Sunday February 10th

Sir Charles Napier pub, Tontine St., Blackburn leaving at 12pm, food provided for all who attend.

East Anglia MAG

Sunday Feb 10

Assemble at the Silver Ball Transport Cafe, Reed (4.5 miles south of Royston on the A10) Assemble from 11:00 to leave at 11:30 riding down to the Ace Cafe to arrive to join the main run leaving The ACE at 14:00.

Plan is to not use any motorways.

Information: East Anglia Region

Contact: Selina

Regional Rep East Anglia

Tel: 0870 774 3564



MAG Cornwall

Sunday February 10th

10am from The Royal Standard, Gwinear, nr Camborne

Information: South West region

Contact: Mike Baker

Tel: 0870 774 3538


Medway MAG

Sunday February 10th

Run to the Greater London Fred Hill - Run from the Ace Cafe to Pentonville Prison.

Meet B&Q Strood at 1000

Also meet at the Holiday Inn, A2 junction East Rochester Way - Bourne Rd, Bexley at 1045

Information: South East Region

Contact: Stu Chivers

Tel: 0870 774 3545



Leeds MAG

Sunday February 10th

If it's anything like last year, it will be a thoroughly well attended event. From Squires (Sherburn in Elmet) To

The Sun Inn (Norwood - Nr. Otley) The run will leave Squires at 11:30am. Prompt.

The run, usually lasts around 45 minutes and goes through some fantastic countryside as it heads towards the SUN Inn, another favourite biker meeting place.

Information: Leeds MAG


Thames Valley MAG

Saturday February 16th

Depart Chieveley Services 12:00pm, (J13 M4/A34) near Newbury. Short stop at Pear Tree Services to regroup.

Destination Ride to Martyr's Memorial in Broad Street, Oxford.

Followed by Thames Valley AGM and evening party.

Information: Thames Valley Region

Tel: 0790 500 35 85


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