20th Annual Ipswich Toy Run
The Lockyer Branch of the Ulysses Club of Australia hosted its 20th annual toy run in support of Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. We missed last years event as we were committed elsewhere, but this year we cleared our calendar’s and made sure we could attend.
The Ipswich Toy Run is by no means the only toy run held in Brisbane
There are several others hosted by various clubs and bike shops around the city, but I doubt any are as well attended as the Ipswich run.
As with past toy runs we hooked up with a group of riders from Brisbane’s north side to travel the 70km (44 miles) south-west through the Brisbane City to Brassall on the outskirts of Ipswich.
The run starts at Brassall Shopping Centre and meanders through the streets of Ipswich and its surrounding suburbs, where residents can enjoy the spectacle. The whole run is about 20km (13 miles) and finishes up at the Greyhound Pavilion at the Ipswich Show-grounds
The The Bar Tender has never been on a toy run before, so he decided to tag along and see what all the fuss was about.
I think he was a little apprehensive at first ,because he’d never ridden on a group ride before, and he didn’t know anyone except The Pillion and I
It didn’t take him long to get into the spirit of things though. He found a $2 store selling Santa suits and promptly went out and bought one for the run.
Playing dress ups went down a treat with the kids lining the streets, many wanted to high-five him and all gave a wave and had smiles as he went past.
He certainly wasn’t the only one that dressed up on the day, there were others. But none of them were my son, so they don’t count 😉
Registration was open from 08:00 and gets you a ticket in the perpetual raffle, a badge or patch and breakfast. It’s not compulsory to register but it does help the organisers estimate how many are in attendance
Officially. there were over 850 bikes, trikes side cars, scooters, postie and monkey bikes at the event. This doesn’t take into account unregistered attendees and pillions. So there were definitely over 1000 bikes in attendance.
A pretty good turn out really.
It always amazes me how so little time and effort has to be given to make such a difference to those less fortunate.
Warms me ‘eart it does.
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