10 of the riders meeting at the car park elected to join Russell on what was to be a challenging and mucky ride up to the North Downs and to the Kent Gliding Club at Challock. Through Lenham, across the A20, up Hubbards Hill and along Waterditch Lane to Stallisfield Green. Some challenging lanes and undulations to Throwley Forstal. After leaving the picturesque hamlet a miniature Neolithic spearhead found its way through a Marathon Plus front tyre. As always fate choosing a windy wet exposed stretch of road to effect the repair, Ian coped well with the task. On to the A251 for a short stretch then the A252 to the Gliding Club for our coffee break. Not 1 mile later a mechanical befell Jonathan's bike, the chain and large chain ring tangling themselves. This further delay encouraged us to cut a couple of challenging miles off our ride and so we went down Charing Hill and down the potholed Pluckley Road to re-join the planned route along Egerton Road. Some more mucky lanes before the muckiest of them all, Runham Lane, took us back to Harrietsham. 31.9 miles at an average of 11.9 mph with 2,051 feet of climbing.