Bikers reunite for Flood Run through Muswellbrook, Tamworth

UNITED Bikers of Australia are making sure the terrifying wall of water which swept through the Queensland town of Grantham in the Lockyer Valley in January 2010 is never forgotten. 

The third annual, three-day Flood Run to raise funds for flood victims will leave Newcastle on Saturday, January 19 at 7.30am and take in Maitland, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Scone, Tamworth and Glen Innes on the first day.

The run will visit the McDonald’s store in each town they visit to talk to local riders, pick up more riders along the way and raise funds.

The South Tamworth store on Goonoo Goonoo Rd will be the meeting spot for Tamworth, then the riders plan to go to The Longyard Hotel to raise more money, before departing for Glen Innes.

Local retailer Bikes & Bits will have demo bikes at The Longyard from the 2013 Harley-Davidson model range. 

The shop is also sponsoring the run’s support vehicle to the tune of $300.

At Glen Innes, the riders will meet up at the Tattersalls Hotel with members of the Lockyer Valley Ulysses Club, who adopted the air force F-111 as their mascot, ride organiser Jim Abra, the president of United Bikers of Australia said.

The second day of the run will see the riders leave from Glen Innes and travel to Tenterfield, then Warwick, before dropping off the money raised at Amberley Air Force Base.

Day three will see the riders head back to Glen Innes before heading home.

Mr Abra said it was important to keep raising money for the flood victims.

“We’ve been doing this since 2010,” he said.

“Twenty-six people lost their lives up there (in Grantham ... and in the first year we did our run), we raised money for the Salvos at Ipswich. 

“The Salvos have guaranteed us that while this money is being used for mental-health support and counselling it will never leave the Lockyer Valley.”

For more information about being involved call Chris Rossington on 0406 042 952.

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