UPDATED: Wirral's world-famous Egg Run is cancelled

Wirral Globe: EXCLUSIVE: Wirral's world-famous Egg Run is cancelled EXCLUSIVE: Wirral's world-famous Egg Run is cancelled

Next year's fundraising Wirral Egg Run has been cancelled and Trustees are asking bikers NOT to attempt to organise an unofficial event.

A statement from the organising committee says it is with great regret that the event planned for March 2013 has been called off.

This is primarily due to a lack of support and sponsorship.

The Trustees plan to bring the Run back in 2014 "bigger and better than ever before" and the break will allow time for new sponsors to be found.

The statement says: "However we must make it clear, the Egg Run is a registered charity and the name and the concept/event belong solely to the charity and would ask that all of our many and valued supporters refrain from organising their own version of the event.

"We have been advised by Merseyside Police, the Charity Commissioners and Wirral Borough Council that strong action will be taken against anyone who now attempts to run an event on Wirral on that day or who are found to be organising such an event.

"We have also been advised that while all parties involved are working hard towards bringing the event back in 2014, any attempt to run an illegal Egg Run would result in the withdrawal of support for future events from both the police and Wirral Council and see the permanent end of the event.

"Please do not turn up on March 17, 2013. or make plans for your own version of the event".

The Run annually attracts thousands of bikers from all corners of the country and beyond. It raises tens of thousands of pounds, primarily for Clatterbridge and Arrowe Park hospitals.

The statement goes on to stress: "You will cause irreparable harm to the charity and all the Trustees and committee members would ask that all our wonderful supporters show their solidarity by accepting the brief hiatus and getting behind the charity in making 2014 a year not to forget.

"It is vital everyone adheres to this. police have advised that access to hospitals etc will be restricted on the 17th.

"Further, the NHS have advised they will not accept any donations that are not from the registered charity.

"We above anyone else understand the frustration of our supporters but at the same time we have a duty to ensure the continuation of the event into the future. Illegal versions would be unhelpful and potentially damaging".

Charity trustee Sue Taylor said it was “great shame” pull the plug on the 2013 event.

She said: “We have to look at the harsh facts and it’s now costing us so much to run the event that there was just not enough in the pot.

“There are a lot of people criticising us for not having the money there, but what people forget is that the money we raise is primarily for the children’s charities we work with as that’s the whole point of the Egg Run.”

Sue, a former New Brighton councillor, added that more financial support was needed from the bikers who take part in the popular event.

She said: “Most bikers do give us support and donate but there is also a  proportion who treat the event as more of a social gathering and don’t bother to donate anything.

“It would also be nice if more businesses along the route, which benefit greatly from the Egg Run, could help out. But by cancelling next year, it means we have longer to review how we fundraise and see what can be changed.

“We want to assure people that we will be back in 2014 – it is not the end of Wirral’s Egg Run.”

The event began as "The Wirral Easter Egg Run" in April 1981.

It was a ride-out by Empress Motorcycle Club from New Brighton to Heswall’s Children Hospital.

About 20 bikes took part with every rider and pillion taking an Easter Egg to give to the children who were staying in hospital over the Easter period.

In 1982, the second Egg Run expanded with friends of the Empress MCC also joining, bringing the number of motorcycles to just over 50.

The run increased in size every year and in 1986 approximately 250 bikes, ranging from mopeds and scooters through to tourers and sports bikes, took part donating over 400 Easter eggs.

It has grown dramatically every year since, and last year's event attracted around 12,000 bikers.

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12:24pm Sat 15 Dec 12

ConcernedRatePayer says...

GOOD ! Apart from the fact that it causes chaos on Wirral, it also ties up valuable Police Resources and for some 'Miscreants' is just an excuse to ride their Machines like complete idiots !
GOOD ! Apart from the fact that it causes chaos on Wirral, it also ties up valuable Police Resources and for some 'Miscreants' is just an excuse to ride their Machines like complete idiots ! ConcernedRatePayer

1:18pm Sat 15 Dec 12

pooboy says...

im DELIGHTED ITS BEEN CANCELLED.
block my road up for 3 hours,as a taxpayer all my life, i pay for the policing...just so a load of bikers can show off their bikes in return for a £5 egg to charity...
and since when has it been WORLD FAMOUS!! ....
sensationalism at its' finest!!!! hahahahahaha
im DELIGHTED ITS BEEN CANCELLED. block my road up for 3 hours,as a taxpayer all my life, i pay for the policing...just so a load of bikers can show off their bikes in return for a £5 egg to charity... and since when has it been WORLD FAMOUS!! .... sensationalism at its' finest!!!! hahahahahaha pooboy

1:43pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Cheesy Peas says...

Yes, how incredibly miserable!
Yes, how incredibly miserable! Cheesy Peas

7:04pm Sat 15 Dec 12

EddieGremlin says...

Yeah, good luck with that. Telling bikers NOT to do something on a particular day, and what charity won't take donations?
Yeah, good luck with that. Telling bikers NOT to do something on a particular day, and what charity won't take donations? EddieGremlin

8:14pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Hugo1008 says...

This is a once in a year event, it does more good than harm, their own stewards do a great job with or without the police, and in reality any disruption to the general public is minimal.

I am not a biker, but I do see thousands of spectators having a small amount of harmless fun, so leave them alone, they always do far more good than harm.
This is a once in a year event, it does more good than harm, their own stewards do a great job with or without the police, and in reality any disruption to the general public is minimal. I am not a biker, but I do see thousands of spectators having a small amount of harmless fun, so leave them alone, they always do far more good than harm. Hugo1008

8:31pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Wirralrob says...

Metropolitan Borough of failed Brewery Organisers.
Metropolitan Borough of failed Brewery Organisers. Wirralrob

12:43pm Sun 16 Dec 12

angryjock says...

"Concernedratepayer " Clearly concerned about only one . "Pooboy " Well named but find poo not only in name but seems to come orally also.Stop kicking those that do something for charities,and enjoy themselves whilst doing so. Sad to see this event cancelled but can only hope all is well for 2014 event.
"Concernedratepayer " Clearly concerned about only one . "Pooboy " Well named but find poo not only in name but seems to come orally also.Stop kicking those that do something for charities,and enjoy themselves whilst doing so. Sad to see this event cancelled but can only hope all is well for 2014 event. angryjock

1:34pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Positive thinker says...

Iam delighted its been canceled!

What a bloody IDIOT
Iam delighted its been canceled! What a bloody IDIOT Positive thinker

1:35pm Sun 16 Dec 12

spamfiend says...

don't look back in anger wrote:
What a pair of miserable sods. Get a life. It's only once a year.
Got to agree. How does pooboy cope for that three hours once a year!!
[quote][p][bold]don't look back in anger[/bold] wrote: What a pair of miserable sods. Get a life. It's only once a year.[/p][/quote]Got to agree. How does pooboy cope for that three hours once a year!! spamfiend

6:35pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Jack Boot says...

So while we're at it, let's cancel Christmas....

These bikers are indeed a sight to behold,

Message to all bikers... don't you dare let these penny pinching jobsworths bureaucrats spoil this wonderful event,,,,
So while we're at it, let's cancel Christmas.... These bikers are indeed a sight to behold, Message to all bikers... don't you dare let these penny pinching jobsworths bureaucrats spoil this wonderful event,,,, Jack Boot

10:55pm Sun 16 Dec 12

JADEE1 says...

well well well here we go again WBC, have spat there dummy out again ,whats up no sponsership,money, so they can get there cut .out of a childrens charity !!,you make us sick ,& as far as tellin police to come down hard on any one trying to put this event to gether without there blessing smacks of a police state & dictatorship ,the WBC want to grow up ,the lads who run this every year free of chargeyes free of charge,!! ,at there own expense should be admired for helpin children after all its for the childrens benifit got it ,??not the greedy bent corrupt council ,so wind your kneck in & help the lads sort this event out for 2013 ,& pack in the threats you pathetic council people ,take a look at yourselves ,your supposed to be public servants,not dictators,grow up !!
well well well here we go again WBC, have spat there dummy out again ,whats up no sponsership,money, so they can get there cut .out of a childrens charity !!,you make us sick ,& as far as tellin police to come down hard on any one trying to put this event to gether without there blessing smacks of a police state & dictatorship ,the WBC want to grow up ,the lads who run this every year free of chargeyes free of charge,!! ,at there own expense should be admired for helpin children after all its for the childrens benifit got it ,??not the greedy bent corrupt council ,so wind your kneck in & help the lads sort this event out for 2013 ,& pack in the threats you pathetic council people ,take a look at yourselves ,your supposed to be public servants,not dictators,grow up !! JADEE1

11:02pm Sun 16 Dec 12

JADEE1 says...

& thank you to all the biking community local & nationally,for all the charity work you do all year we are all very gratefull .hope it all works out thank you ,..this needs to be reported to the NATIONAL PRESS ..GOOD LUCK LADS & GIRLS ..
& thank you to all the biking community local & nationally,for all the charity work you do all year we are all very gratefull .hope it all works out thank you ,..this needs to be reported to the NATIONAL PRESS ..GOOD LUCK LADS & GIRLS .. JADEE1

8:24am Mon 17 Dec 12

pykey08 says...

wirral council make me sick what on earth are they trying to do,what if they stopped marathon runs accross the water there would be a public outcry?
wirral council make me sick what on earth are they trying to do,what if they stopped marathon runs accross the water there would be a public outcry? pykey08

1:35pm Mon 17 Dec 12

jimisugly says...

I'm sorry to those who don't enjoy the Egg Run, but they've tried to stop an unofficial run in the past and got nowhere. If the biker is taxed, insured and has a valid MOT they can ride on any road, at any time wether that be on their own or in a pack (even if the pack is 12,000 strong)
We don't need the police, the money raisied goes to the children and thats ALL THAT COUNTS!!

Last time you spent more money trying to stop the run with your team of police bikes closing off the B&Q roundabout and the police helicopter above.

WBC should be ashamed, and I'm betting the run still goes ahead, and good luck to the police trying to stop it, I bet you'll be well outnumbered
I'm sorry to those who don't enjoy the Egg Run, but they've tried to stop an unofficial run in the past and got nowhere. If the biker is taxed, insured and has a valid MOT they can ride on any road, at any time wether that be on their own or in a pack (even if the pack is 12,000 strong) We don't need the police, the money raisied goes to the children and thats ALL THAT COUNTS!! Last time you spent more money trying to stop the run with your team of police bikes closing off the B&Q roundabout and the police helicopter above. WBC should be ashamed, and I'm betting the run still goes ahead, and good luck to the police trying to stop it, I bet you'll be well outnumbered jimisugly

5:50pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Finalreminder says...

I'd like to see the WBC defend this in the High Court. They haven't got any justification preventing people expressing their liberty and freedom.
I accept your challenge WBC and I will be there on the 17th.
I'd like to see the WBC defend this in the High Court. They haven't got any justification preventing people expressing their liberty and freedom. I accept your challenge WBC and I will be there on the 17th. Finalreminder

7:13pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Positive thinker says...

Looks like the authority's have bit of
more than what they can chew,it's going to be an interesting one my guess is they will cave in and it will go ahead as normal,I do hope so as a spectator it's always good
Looks like the authority's have bit of more than what they can chew,it's going to be an interesting one my guess is they will cave in and it will go ahead as normal,I do hope so as a spectator it's always good Positive thinker

8:14am Tue 18 Dec 12

pykey08 says...

jimisugly wrote:
I'm sorry to those who don't enjoy the Egg Run, but they've tried to stop an unofficial run in the past and got nowhere. If the biker is taxed, insured and has a valid MOT they can ride on any road, at any time wether that be on their own or in a pack (even if the pack is 12,000 strong)
We don't need the police, the money raisied goes to the children and thats ALL THAT COUNTS!!

Last time you spent more money trying to stop the run with your team of police bikes closing off the B&Q roundabout and the police helicopter above.

WBC should be ashamed, and I'm betting the run still goes ahead, and good luck to the police trying to stop it, I bet you'll be well outnumbered
brilliant quote
[quote][p][bold]jimisugly[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry to those who don't enjoy the Egg Run, but they've tried to stop an unofficial run in the past and got nowhere. If the biker is taxed, insured and has a valid MOT they can ride on any road, at any time wether that be on their own or in a pack (even if the pack is 12,000 strong) We don't need the police, the money raisied goes to the children and thats ALL THAT COUNTS!! Last time you spent more money trying to stop the run with your team of police bikes closing off the B&Q roundabout and the police helicopter above. WBC should be ashamed, and I'm betting the run still goes ahead, and good luck to the police trying to stop it, I bet you'll be well outnumbered[/p][/quote]brilliant quote pykey08

3:47pm Wed 19 Dec 12

aimes86 says...

It is a one day a year event! How many people would just hand over money to a charity.............
not that many so that’s why people have do fundraising events to encourage people to donate! The Egg Run is good cause and all the bikers that have been doing it for years are not doing it to ‘show off their bikes’ as they can do that every day when they ride. They don’t ride like idiots as you can only go at about 10MPH! They pay their insurance, taxes and MOT etc. just like everyone else does for cars! There are far more ‘Idiots’ in cars then on bikes!

For people who have their road closed for 3 hours a year, oh dear this must be such an inconvenience……
..sorry children but it is too inconvenient for people to bring you Easter eggs in hospital to cheer you up while you’re not well or even dying! Yes it can cost the council for Police having to close roads and attend the event etc., that’s nothing compared to time and money wasted on idiots doing crime………….If had a choice on where my paid tax goes to it would rather it went to good causes like this!!!!
It is a one day a year event! How many people would just hand over money to a charity............. not that many so that’s why people have do fundraising events to encourage people to donate! The Egg Run is good cause and all the bikers that have been doing it for years are not doing it to ‘show off their bikes’ as they can do that every day when they ride. They don’t ride like idiots as you can only go at about 10MPH! They pay their insurance, taxes and MOT etc. just like everyone else does for cars! There are far more ‘Idiots’ in cars then on bikes! For people who have their road closed for 3 hours a year, oh dear this must be such an inconvenience…… ..sorry children but it is too inconvenient for people to bring you Easter eggs in hospital to cheer you up while you’re not well or even dying! Yes it can cost the council for Police having to close roads and attend the event etc., that’s nothing compared to time and money wasted on idiots doing crime………….If had a choice on where my paid tax goes to it would rather it went to good causes like this!!!! aimes86

5:23pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Fenian Warrior says...

Well here we are again, THE EGG RUN,, The Naughty egg run, The Illegal egg run, The I cant get out to the shops egg run,, Its Never My Child was in hospital and they brought easter eggs onto the ward that had travelled for miles on a motor bike before they got to the egg run, and he/she was really over joyed to get them and it made me feel humble to see, well for you myserible people out there,,grow up,,shape up,,if nothing else in this god forsaken country of yours its teaching the lovely pure children that its ok to give things to those who deserve them and not get anything in return for it,, so for all you beuracratic hypocrits, you know, those people that take the pure out of it, this money we and every body else donates has already been taxed, hands off, it is given freely, not under durres, to the people that need it by the people that dont really have it, but would like the people that need it, to have a small pleasure from it,,
now then if my friends i have made over the years at the EGG RUN want to phone me up and invite me on a ride out then surely that is one of the only rites i have left in this country and i as a biker that is Licenced, Insured and my bike is covered by the all important Government Excise Licence, last but not Least the all important MOT thats worth nothing once my bike leaves the Government Testing Station, I still have that RITE of FREEDOM left to have a DAY TRIP OUT WITH FRIENDS, AND I THANK ALL MY FRIENDS FOR INVITING ME OUT,, I WOULD LOVE TO GO,, so Tea nad Scones on the Prom is it ?? But after that I have to Call into CLAIRE HOUSE,, Thats were Children from the ages of A COUPLE OF DAYS TO THE AGE OF 22 ARE REALLY CARED FOR AND DONT MANAGE TO COME OUT OF THERE,, SO FOR THE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT A FEW HOURS OF LOST TIME,, SPARE A THOUGHT ABOUT THE PARENTS AND FAMILY THAT WOULD GLADLY TAKE YOUR LOST HOURS AND GIVE THEN TO THERE CHILDREN AND FAMILY,, AS HUMANS YOU SHOULD BE REALLY ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES,, YOU DISGUST ME,,By the way just thought i would let you know,, There is a BIG charity RUN for the CHILDREN in Northern Ireland and the authorities enjoy it,, see you soon my brothers and sisters,,
Well here we are again, THE EGG RUN,, The Naughty egg run, The Illegal egg run, The I cant get out to the shops egg run,, Its Never My Child was in hospital and they brought easter eggs onto the ward that had travelled for miles on a motor bike before they got to the egg run, and he/she was really over joyed to get them and it made me feel humble to see, well for you myserible people out there,,grow up,,shape up,,if nothing else in this god forsaken country of yours its teaching the lovely pure children that its ok to give things to those who deserve them and not get anything in return for it,, so for all you beuracratic hypocrits, you know, those people that take the pure out of it, this money we and every body else donates has already been taxed, hands off, it is given freely, not under durres, to the people that need it by the people that dont really have it, but would like the people that need it, to have a small pleasure from it,, now then if my friends i have made over the years at the EGG RUN want to phone me up and invite me on a ride out then surely that is one of the only rites i have left in this country and i as a biker that is Licenced, Insured and my bike is covered by the all important Government Excise Licence, last but not Least the all important MOT thats worth nothing once my bike leaves the Government Testing Station, I still have that RITE of FREEDOM left to have a DAY TRIP OUT WITH FRIENDS, AND I THANK ALL MY FRIENDS FOR INVITING ME OUT,, I WOULD LOVE TO GO,, so Tea nad Scones on the Prom is it ?? But after that I have to Call into CLAIRE HOUSE,, Thats were Children from the ages of A COUPLE OF DAYS TO THE AGE OF 22 ARE REALLY CARED FOR AND DONT MANAGE TO COME OUT OF THERE,, SO FOR THE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT A FEW HOURS OF LOST TIME,, SPARE A THOUGHT ABOUT THE PARENTS AND FAMILY THAT WOULD GLADLY TAKE YOUR LOST HOURS AND GIVE THEN TO THERE CHILDREN AND FAMILY,, AS HUMANS YOU SHOULD BE REALLY ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES,, YOU DISGUST ME,,By the way just thought i would let you know,, There is a BIG charity RUN for the CHILDREN in Northern Ireland and the authorities enjoy it,, see you soon my brothers and sisters,, Fenian Warrior

6:29pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Fenian Warrior says...

Just a Poem to sum things up,, I hope some people find pleasure in this,, I would love this to be printed and the money go to Claire house,,

THE BIKER

I saw you, hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line.
But, you didnt see me, put an extra £10.00 in the collection plate last Sunday.

I saw you, pull your child closer when we passed each other on the pavement.
But, you didnt see me, playing Santa at the local hospital.

I saw you, change your mind about going into the local restaurant.
But, you didnt see me, attending a meeting to raise more money for those who suffer.

I saw you, roll up your window and shake your head when I rode past.
But, you didnt see me, riding behind you as you flicked your cigarette out of your car window.

I saw you, frown at me when i smiled at your children.
But, you didnt see me, when i took time off to run toys to the local hospitals.

I saw you, stare at my long hair.
But, you didnt see me, and my friends cut ten inches off for Locks of Love.

I saw you, roll your eyes at our leather jackets and gloves,
But, you didnt see me, and my brothers an sisters donate our old ones to those that have none.

I saw you, look in fright at my tattoos.
But, You didnt see me, cry when my children were born and have their names written over and in my heart.

I saw you, change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere.
But, you didnt see me, going home to be with my family.

MANY THANKS.
Just a Poem to sum things up,, I hope some people find pleasure in this,, I would love this to be printed and the money go to Claire house,, THE BIKER I saw you, hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line. But, you didnt see me, put an extra £10.00 in the collection plate last Sunday. I saw you, pull your child closer when we passed each other on the pavement. But, you didnt see me, playing Santa at the local hospital. I saw you, change your mind about going into the local restaurant. But, you didnt see me, attending a meeting to raise more money for those who suffer. I saw you, roll up your window and shake your head when I rode past. But, you didnt see me, riding behind you as you flicked your cigarette out of your car window. I saw you, frown at me when i smiled at your children. But, you didnt see me, when i took time off to run toys to the local hospitals. I saw you, stare at my long hair. But, you didnt see me, and my friends cut ten inches off for Locks of Love. I saw you, roll your eyes at our leather jackets and gloves, But, you didnt see me, and my brothers an sisters donate our old ones to those that have none. I saw you, look in fright at my tattoos. But, You didnt see me, cry when my children were born and have their names written over and in my heart. I saw you, change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere. But, you didnt see me, going home to be with my family. MANY THANKS. Fenian Warrior

6:42pm Wed 19 Dec 12

spamfiend says...

Fenian Warrior nice post, and hope to see you when the next run is on!!
Fenian Warrior nice post, and hope to see you when the next run is on!! spamfiend

12:24pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Jack Boot says...

Feckin great post Fenian,and ensure you come back to the Wirral for the next Egg Run, enjoy your scones.
Feckin great post Fenian,and ensure you come back to the Wirral for the next Egg Run, enjoy your scones. Jack Boot

2:43pm Sun 6 Jan 13

cooperite says...

Fenian Warrior wrote:
Just a Poem to sum things up,, I hope some people find pleasure in this,, I would love this to be printed and the money go to Claire house,,

THE BIKER

I saw you, hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line.
But, you didnt see me, put an extra £10.00 in the collection plate last Sunday.

I saw you, pull your child closer when we passed each other on the pavement.
But, you didnt see me, playing Santa at the local hospital.

I saw you, change your mind about going into the local restaurant.
But, you didnt see me, attending a meeting to raise more money for those who suffer.

I saw you, roll up your window and shake your head when I rode past.
But, you didnt see me, riding behind you as you flicked your cigarette out of your car window.

I saw you, frown at me when i smiled at your children.
But, you didnt see me, when i took time off to run toys to the local hospitals.

I saw you, stare at my long hair.
But, you didnt see me, and my friends cut ten inches off for Locks of Love.

I saw you, roll your eyes at our leather jackets and gloves,
But, you didnt see me, and my brothers an sisters donate our old ones to those that have none.

I saw you, look in fright at my tattoos.
But, You didnt see me, cry when my children were born and have their names written over and in my heart.

I saw you, change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere.
But, you didnt see me, going home to be with my family.

MANY THANKS.
to all the haters , read this and feel ashamed
[quote][p][bold]Fenian Warrior[/bold] wrote: Just a Poem to sum things up,, I hope some people find pleasure in this,, I would love this to be printed and the money go to Claire house,, THE BIKER I saw you, hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line. But, you didnt see me, put an extra £10.00 in the collection plate last Sunday. I saw you, pull your child closer when we passed each other on the pavement. But, you didnt see me, playing Santa at the local hospital. I saw you, change your mind about going into the local restaurant. But, you didnt see me, attending a meeting to raise more money for those who suffer. I saw you, roll up your window and shake your head when I rode past. But, you didnt see me, riding behind you as you flicked your cigarette out of your car window. I saw you, frown at me when i smiled at your children. But, you didnt see me, when i took time off to run toys to the local hospitals. I saw you, stare at my long hair. But, you didnt see me, and my friends cut ten inches off for Locks of Love. I saw you, roll your eyes at our leather jackets and gloves, But, you didnt see me, and my brothers an sisters donate our old ones to those that have none. I saw you, look in fright at my tattoos. But, You didnt see me, cry when my children were born and have their names written over and in my heart. I saw you, change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere. But, you didnt see me, going home to be with my family. MANY THANKS.[/p][/quote]to all the haters , read this and feel ashamed cooperite

1:56pm Tue 8 Jan 13

pooboy says...

STILL DELIGHTED ITS CANCELLED!
STILL DELIGHTED ITS CANCELLED! pooboy

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