M6toll proudly support the Thankful Villages Run 2013

Medwyn Parry and Dougie Bancroft will be riding Triumph Trophy motorbikes some 2,500 miles, over 9 days visiting all 51 Thankful Villages throughout the UK.  These are villages which have no traditional war memorial, as all who left to fight in WW1 were fortunate enough to return home. 

The event aims to raise £51,000 in aid of the Royal British Legion, with motorcyclists from all over the country joining the Thankful Villages Run in presenting every village with a plaque in recognition of what each Thankful Village did for the war effort.

On the last day of the Run, around 2,000 motorcyclists are expected to join Medwyn and Dougie, travelling from Arkholme in Lancashire to the National Memorial Arboretum, part of The Royal British Legion family of charities, which provides a permanent home to the Armed Forces Memorial.

Tom Fanning, Midland Expressway Limited's CEO says "As a biker myself,  I am delighted to support the Thankful Villages Run by way of providing free passage for all participating fellow bikers on the M6toll.  I am sure that this unique event will raise much deserved funds for the Royal British Legion who provide invaluable support to UK service personnel past and present.  I would urge all other M6toll road users to 'Think Bike' and check their mirrors before changing lanes due to the large number of motorcyclists expected on the day… ride safe all..."

Participating riders will be granted free passage when exiting the M6toll at T5 (Shenstone) before heading onto the National Memorial Arboritum and again when exiting via Great Wyrley mainline plaza continuing the Run onto Cosford.  Signage will be in place directing riders.

For details regarding the Thankful Villages Run 2013, visit the website


Image: Dougie Bancroft (far left) and Medwyn Parry (far right) of the Thankful Villages Run together with members of staff from Midland Expressway Limited.


TVR 2013