Mark Furnival is Chairman and a founder member of the group. Mark has been riding since the age of 17, and completed his first Police Advanced motorcycle course in 1985. A Police Class 1 biker, Mark is also an examiner for RoSPA. He is trained in off-road riding and is also a coach for Rapid Training, a national company who teach advanced riding with a difference, using only police class 1 qualified riders.
Mark's first bike was a Suzuki GT185. Since then he has owned numerous sports bikes, his favourite being a yellow Ducati 996. He also has a KTM EXC 450 6 days to play on many of the green lanes in the area, a Ducati Panigale V4 and Suzuki GSX R 600 which he uses to teach on track.
Seen here with his BMW R1250 GSA Rallye
Joe Hurst is the group Training Manager and founder member. His passion for anything two wheeled started with riding his sister's bicycle on their family farm tracks, when just a young lad. Moved onto something with an engine (very small), passing his motorbike test in the days when all you had to do was ride around the block.
More recently, he and his wife have toured Scotland extensively, including Shetland, Orkney and the Outer Hebrides, parts of Europe, and with other riding mates Canada and America - Alaska was stunning. All completed safely due to one of his better decisions to take Advanced Rider Training.
John Butcher is the group Treasurer and a founder member. He became addicted to bikes back in 1976 when he tasted the forbidden fruit of riding a Mick Andrew Replica Ossa 250 over the slag heaps of his native South Yorkshire. Since that day there has never been a time when there was not at least one bike in his garage. Today John enjoys the tarmac as much as riding off road and likes nothing better than packing the panniers of his KTM 1190R and setting off for a few thousand miles and a few weeks in the saddle or alternatively playing around for a few days on the trails of the Isle of Man on his Yamaha WR250.
Biking Highlight – Anchorage to Prudhoe bay on the Dalton Highway on somebody else’s bike (GS1200)
Biking lowlight - Writing off his beloved Aprilia Tuono on a winter ride to Sedburgh in 2008, just after passing his Advance test with the IAM.
Simon Hanson – Secretary and founder member
Simon retired in 2017 following a career in IT running some very large global organisations.
He holds a number of advanced qualifications including being a RoSPA Advanced Tutor.
He owns a number of Motorcycles and not only rides on the road but is a keen enduro rider.
John Duckworth is Membership Secretary and founder member.
He is a Class 1 Police motorcyclist and driver, has been involved in various training organisations during his 50 years motorcycling, and is a great believer in training which puts safety first.
His first bike was a James 125cc 2-stroke which cost £10!, but took him over all the Lake District passes.
John prefers the older style of bike, and currently rides a Yamaha 900 Diversion and a BMW K1100LT
Gareth Crooks is our Events Manager. He is responsible for arranging ride outs and other events within the group.
Paul Grundy is our Social Activities Manager. He is responsible for arranging social and other similar events within the group. He is also the Eastern Area Events Coordinator for the local Blood Bike Group.