Santas from Walden Bikers swapped sleighs for motorbikes for annual present delivery to Addenbrooke's Hospital

PUBLISHED: 12:12 19 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:12 19 December 2017

Walden Bikers join the Cambridge Bikers' Addenbrooke's Hospital Toy Run. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Walden Bikers join the Cambridge Bikers' Addenbrooke's Hospital Toy Run. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

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On Sunday, 230 motorbikes with their riders dressed as Santa took presents for children who will be in Addenbrooke's Hospital over Christmas.

It really was Wintasia! Walden Bikers met on The Common on a foggy and frosty Sundy morning, ready to set off to join the Cambridge Bikers' annual toy run to Addenbrooke's Hospital. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTIt really was Wintasia! Walden Bikers met on The Common on a foggy and frosty Sundy morning, ready to set off to join the Cambridge Bikers' annual toy run to Addenbrooke's Hospital. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

The riders, including members of Walden Bikers, based in Newport, set off on their annual Santa Run.

Although the numbers were down on the previous year, hundreds of bikers from all over the region gathered at La Pergola for breakfast and the pre-ride briefing. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTAlthough the numbers were down on the previous year, hundreds of bikers from all over the region gathered at La Pergola for breakfast and the pre-ride briefing. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Now into its fifth year, the organiser of the run, Pete Vasey, said he was delighted with the turnout, despite the weather and the re-scheduled date. They had been due at the hospital the Sunday before but were defeated by the snow. Police riders, led by Pc Simon Burgin, provided safety backup and gave a briefing before the convoy set off, snaking its way along the A604 into Cambridge.

One of the elf helpers, Natalie Emuss greets the Walden Bikers as they arrive with their gifts for the children. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTOne of the elf helpers, Natalie Emuss greets the Walden Bikers as they arrive with their gifts for the children. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Shoppers stopped to watch the convoy ride past and some came out of their homes in their pyjamas to see.

Around 230 bikes set off towards Cambridge in frosty and foggy conditions. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTAround 230 bikes set off towards Cambridge in frosty and foggy conditions. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Riders were greeted at Addenbrookes with seasonal music, provided by the Cambridge Wind Band, while the elf helpers gathered the gifts which will be distributed to the children.

Elf helper Natalie Emuss with Walden Biker Keith Bartlett, on the first of his two Toy Runs. Shortly after, he rode off with the Suffolk and Cambs Bloodrunners on their Toy Run to Hinchingbrooke Hospital. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTElf helper Natalie Emuss with Walden Biker Keith Bartlett, on the first of his two Toy Runs. Shortly after, he rode off with the Suffolk and Cambs Bloodrunners on their Toy Run to Hinchingbrooke Hospital. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

The convoy. Bikes ahead as far as the eye can see... Picture: CELIA BARTLETTThe convoy. Bikes ahead as far as the eye can see... Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Shoppers stop to watch as the convoy passes through the centre of Cambridge. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTShoppers stop to watch as the convoy passes through the centre of Cambridge. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

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