A thousand bikers with 1,000 eggs brought Easter delight to young patients at Sheffield Children’s Hospital – led by former world superbike champion James Toseland.
Yesterday’s spectacular Easter Egg Run saw a three-mile cavalcade of motorbikes winding its way from the South Yorkshire Police operations centre at Catcliffe, through Attercliffe and into the city centre.
Eggs were delivered to every youngster on the wards – and there were plenty left for their brothers and sisters too.
It is the 13th year in a row the event has been held, raising thousands of pounds for the Children’s Hospital Charity.
James, who was born in Doncaster and grew up in Kiveton Park, Rotherham, said he was delighted so many people had crowded along the route cheering the bikers on.
The 33-year-old said: “There were so many of us that we had to ride pretty slowly so the police could close enough roads ahead of us.
“I did not get out of second gear all morning – it’s been the same for the last five years now, it’s become such a spectacle.
“However, it’s great to raise so much for the hospital and bring smiles to the kids’ faces at the same time.”
While visiting the wards, the 2004 and 2007 world superbike champion met seven-year-old Jake Blatch, who is being treated at the hospital for anaemia, and his big brother Ethan, aged 14.
Kevin Ludlam, from the Three Shires Honda Owners’ Club, which organises the day, said bikers now came to the event from far and wide.
He said: “People like to get involved because it is so well organised, but we couldn’t do it without the help of the police, they are tremendous.
Biker Debbie Fulton from Stocksbridge was taking part for the second year in a row - and had brought along biking novice Brian Dixon, from Stockton-on-Tees.
She said: “A lot of people see bikers as some kind of menace, so it’s positive to show we can do some good.”
Mark Frith, aged 51, from Hillsborough, said he had been batty about bikes since he was just 17.
He said: “I love anything to so with bikes and it’s been great to meet James too.”
Becky Wilson, aged 30, from Woodthorpe said she had only passed her test last year, but was already on her second Easter Egg Run.
She said: “Bikers have big hearts as they’ve proved again today. And to see 1,000 bikes out is an amazing sight.”