EXCLUSIVE: Wirral Egg Run cancelled AGAIN

Wirral Globe: EXCLUSIVE: Wirral Egg run cancelled AGAIN EXCLUSIVE: Wirral Egg run cancelled AGAIN

Wirral's world-famous Egg Run has been cancelled for the SECOND time.

The 2013 Run was thought to have been saved when sponsors stepped in with a cash donation after it had been called off in December due to lack of funding. 

United Utilities came forward with a £20,000 sponsorship package and the Run looked set to go ahead as planned.

But organisers today told the Globe that despite the water company's financial support, sufficient funding cannot be guaranteed from other sponsors to meet the total cost of running the event safely and professionally.

Also, the usual “landing zone” for thousands of motorbikes at Clatterbridge Hospital is not available due to construction work due to take place at the site.

The Trustees and members of the Wirral Egg Run Committee say they "fully understand and support"  hospital bosses' decision to go ahead with upgrading their site and accept that the improvements must take priority over the event.

A spokesman said: "We have discussed other options for different versions of the run but with only seven weeks to plan such a major change, it is simply not feasible.

"We would strongly ask our fantastic supporters to please act responsibly and not turn up on March 17.

"We would also ask that people do not take eggs to Clatterbridge Hospital on the day as this would cause a major inconvenience to what is, after all, a hospital."

The spokesman continued: "Importantly however we would also like to stress that this is very much merely a hiatus for a much-loved event.

"Much work is now in progress to ensure the April 6, 2014, Wirral Egg Run returns, bigger and better, and we hope we can rely on everyone’s support to make next year a great success."

The Run has grown in popularity to a massive degree since its launch in 1981 and around 12,000 bikers attended last year's event.

Further information will be available on the website www.wirraleggrun.co.uk and also Facebook and Twitter.

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10:38am Fri 1 Feb 13

Cheesy Peas says...

Just took a look at www.wirral.gov.uk.

Specifically put "Clatterbridge" into the search facility on the planning applications section.

Apart from a couple of alterations to some windows - applied for last year - and a ward extension applied for in 2011, there is no notification of or application for any construction work, of the scale that might disrupt something like the Egg Run, whatsoever.

So - can Clatterbridge Hospital please tell us what this construction work is?

And while they're at it - can they tell us if this work will be taking place on Sunday, March 17? Because I can't remember the last time I saw construction work taking place on a Sunday!

Now, what's that smell in the air.....?
Just took a look at www.wirral.gov.uk. Specifically put "Clatterbridge" into the search facility on the planning applications section. Apart from a couple of alterations to some windows - applied for last year - and a ward extension applied for in 2011, there is no notification of or application for any construction work, of the scale that might disrupt something like the Egg Run, whatsoever. So - can Clatterbridge Hospital please tell us what this construction work is? And while they're at it - can they tell us if this work will be taking place on Sunday, March 17? Because I can't remember the last time I saw construction work taking place on a Sunday! Now, what's that smell in the air.....? Cheesy Peas

11:44am Fri 1 Feb 13

jimisugly says...

R Peters, M Brown, JohnON an pooboy will be so pleased! Shame they'll still have the disruption, pollution, noise etc because bikers will still do the run no matter what.

Who you going to complain to this time?? The police?? I'd like to see you try when all the bikes that take part are taxed, MOT'd and legal!!
R Peters, M Brown, JohnON an pooboy will be so pleased! Shame they'll still have the disruption, pollution, noise etc because bikers will still do the run no matter what. Who you going to complain to this time?? The police?? I'd like to see you try when all the bikes that take part are taxed, MOT'd and legal!! jimisugly

3:04pm Fri 1 Feb 13

JohnON says...

You just don't get it guys, do you.

"despite the water company's financial support, sufficient funding cannot be guaranteed from other sponsors to meet the total cost of running the event safely and professionally."

What is the logic behind organizing something for a charity that costs more than it raises!

UU could have just donated HALF of what they were going to sponsor and the charity would still have been a winner.
You just don't get it guys, do you. "despite the water company's [£20,000] financial support, sufficient funding cannot be guaranteed from other sponsors to meet the total cost of running the event safely and professionally." What is the logic behind organizing something for a charity that costs more than it raises! UU could have just donated HALF of what they were going to sponsor and the charity would still have been a winner. JohnON

5:17pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Positive thinker says...

Looks like the boss of the bikers couldn't organise a heavy drinking session in a brewery
Looks like the boss of the bikers couldn't organise a heavy drinking session in a brewery Positive thinker

6:35pm Fri 1 Feb 13

ginger26 says...

Pity united utilities cant run the event because someone at the egg run can't .
Pity united utilities cant run the event because someone at the egg run can't . ginger26

9:43am Sat 2 Feb 13

psychohouse says...

Positive thinker wrote:
Looks like the boss of the bikers couldn't organise a heavy drinking session in a brewery
I'm a biker and they ain't my boss, I have to agree on the second part though they couldn't. Sad as the kids will miss out.
[quote][p][bold]Positive thinker[/bold] wrote: Looks like the boss of the bikers couldn't organise a heavy drinking session in a brewery[/p][/quote]I'm a biker and they ain't my boss, I have to agree on the second part though they couldn't. Sad as the kids will miss out. psychohouse

12:29pm Sat 2 Feb 13

mholt1 says...

i am gutted the run couldnt take place, such a shame for the poor kiddies. i think we should all meet anyway and all donate a little something and go for a ride out together maybe up to horse shoe pass but passing clatterbridge to show our support. obvioulsy the construction takes priority but the kiddies shouldnt miss out. ill be there on the day!
i am gutted the run couldnt take place, such a shame for the poor kiddies. i think we should all meet anyway and all donate a little something and go for a ride out together maybe up to horse shoe pass but passing clatterbridge to show our support. obvioulsy the construction takes priority but the kiddies shouldnt miss out. ill be there on the day! mholt1

1:16pm Sat 2 Feb 13

pooboy says...

EXCELLENT NEWS.

END OF COMMENT.
EXCELLENT NEWS. END OF COMMENT. pooboy

4:16pm Sat 2 Feb 13

psychohouse says...

pooboy wrote:
EXCELLENT NEWS.

END OF COMMENT.
That the kids will miss out? Would love you to come face to face with the families of these children. In regards to the run, people will turn up and do it, you will still have the roads full of bikes so the only difference is no landing site at Clatterbridge. But if your just a sad lonely person just after a reaction, I'm glad to be of service, that's what bikers do, we help people :)
[quote][p][bold]pooboy[/bold] wrote: EXCELLENT NEWS. END OF COMMENT.[/p][/quote]That the kids will miss out? Would love you to come face to face with the families of these children. In regards to the run, people will turn up and do it, you will still have the roads full of bikes so the only difference is no landing site at Clatterbridge. But if your just a sad lonely person just after a reaction, I'm glad to be of service, that's what bikers do, we help people :) psychohouse

6:41pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Positive thinker says...

Looks like psychohouse ain't happy
Looks like psychohouse ain't happy Positive thinker

7:02pm Sat 2 Feb 13

psychohouse says...

Positive thinker wrote:
Looks like psychohouse ain't happy
Of course I'm not as a father, kids are going to loose out :(
[quote][p][bold]Positive thinker[/bold] wrote: Looks like psychohouse ain't happy[/p][/quote]Of course I'm not as a father, kids are going to loose out :( psychohouse

11:00pm Sat 2 Feb 13

bickyboy says...

The Egg Run is a welcome landmark in the local calendar, and even if it raised a total of just one penny for children I would support it.

Lord Knows, living on the Wirral is stultifying enough without depriving us of one good news story which might keep drugs, crime, dog dirt, parking fines and council corruption off the front pages.
The Egg Run is a welcome landmark in the local calendar, and even if it raised a total of just one penny for children I would support it. Lord Knows, living on the Wirral is stultifying enough without depriving us of one good news story which might keep drugs, crime, dog dirt, parking fines and council corruption off the front pages. bickyboy

8:31pm Sun 3 Feb 13

haze32 says...

Totally agree with bickyboy psychohouse and cheasy peas "the egg run will go ahead" in one shape or form and sooo they should :-)
Totally agree with bickyboy psychohouse and cheasy peas "the egg run will go ahead" in one shape or form and sooo they should :-) haze32

10:05pm Sun 3 Feb 13

nathanwells2007 says...

Im not happy about this that some people has said and i think it is car drivers that they are happy that the egg run isn't happening. us bikers are the only 1's i think that make a difference to the kids in hospital with the eggs. I don't see a convoy of cars taking eggs. But i do stress come on only once a year and it makes a difference to the kids .
Im not happy about this that some people has said and i think it is car drivers that they are happy that the egg run isn't happening. us bikers are the only 1's i think that make a difference to the kids in hospital with the eggs. I don't see a convoy of cars taking eggs. But i do stress come on only once a year and it makes a difference to the kids . nathanwells2007

1:49pm Tue 5 Feb 13

MWNB42 says...

It's a shame that the official run isn't going ahead this year.

The trouble is now it is even more likely that most of us will do the run anyway. Everyone has arranged their day around a rideout so will do it anyway. No need to ride into Clatterbridge we can just ride past.

Its a great spectacle that brings a lot of attention and money to the area.

My car and Trike are tax insured and MOT'd so the Trike will be on the road on the 17th somewhere.
It's a shame that the official run isn't going ahead this year. The trouble is now it is even more likely that most of us will do the run anyway. Everyone has arranged their day around a rideout so will do it anyway. No need to ride into Clatterbridge we can just ride past. Its a great spectacle that brings a lot of attention and money to the area. My car and Trike are tax insured and MOT'd so the Trike will be on the road on the 17th somewhere. MWNB42

10:16pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Positive thinker says...

I hope it goes ahead with even bigger numbers turning out thatwill show the powers to be not to play around with a major event that's been running for a long time without an ounce of trouble
I hope it goes ahead with even bigger numbers turning out thatwill show the powers to be not to play around with a major event that's been running for a long time without an ounce of trouble Positive thinker

10:16pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Positive thinker says...

I hope it goes ahead with even bigger numbers turning out thatwill show the powers to be not to play around with a major event that's been running for a long time without an ounce of trouble
I hope it goes ahead with even bigger numbers turning out thatwill show the powers to be not to play around with a major event that's been running for a long time without an ounce of trouble Positive thinker

11:30am Sat 9 Feb 13

ohshutup says...

What is there to organise which is such a great expense? It's a bike ride on public roads.

The Egg Run was doomed when it went from being donations of Egg's and Toys, to being more about the money!
What is there to organise which is such a great expense? It's a bike ride on public roads. The Egg Run was doomed when it went from being donations of Egg's and Toys, to being more about the money! ohshutup

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