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Salvation Army Toy Run rescheduled following heavy snow forced cancellation of Christmas charity event through Newark and Sherwood villages and towns

A new date for the Salvation Army Toy Run has been confirmed after heavy snow forced the event to be postponed.

Every Christmas motorcyclists from across the district take to the roads of Newark and Sherwood dressed in Santa costumes, on decorated bikes as they prepare to deliver toys to the Newark Salvation Army.

This year’s event had been scheduled to take place last Sunday, December 3, however unexpected amounts of snow falling across the district over night led organisers to take the decision to cancel the event on safety grounds.

Salvation Army Toy Run in 2022. Credit: John Judson.
Salvation Army Toy Run in 2022. Credit: John Judson.

The charity toy run will now take place on Sunday, December 17.

Hundreds of bikers are still expected to take part, to deliver donated gifts to the Salvation Army in Balderton for their annual appeal.

Organiser John Judson said: “As many of you will have noticed Sunday morning snow arrived at the last minute and caused traffic chaos.

“As many of the riders who support our charity event come from all over the Midlands it was plain to see that to allow the ride to proceed would be very unwise.

“So from 5am Sunday I was on the internet notifying various participants and the key stations of the event.

“There are some forces that are irresistible, and the weather is the main one. We should be out in force on the 17th.”

Salvation Army Toy Run route. Credit: Google Maps.
Salvation Army Toy Run route. Credit: Google Maps.

Although the date has changed, all other details remain the same.

Rider will gather at The Waggon and Horses pub in Bleasby from 9.30am, before setting off at 11am.

They will pass through Fiskerton, Rolleston and Staythorpe, to join the A617 at Averham, before arriving in Newark and riding down London Road towards the Salvation Army church in Balderton.

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