Very heavy rain over the breakfast period and a poor forecast cut numbers again and only 4 of us started from the Town Hall, led by Dave R. We waited for Dianna to arrive from Billericay as she had been hampered by the atrocious weather and then set off for elevenses at the Blue Egg via Little Waltham, Little Leighs and Rayne. A puncture delayed us again and we arrived at the Blue Egg at 11:20 where we met up with John and Margaret.
We then all headed for Castle Camps via Steeple Bumpstead. This was not uneventful with a drenching in the Finchingfield area, one more puncture and a navigation error which resulted in John and Margaret and Delia putting in a few extra miles (how this happened is too complicated to explain here!).
The homeward leg under bright skies took us to Andrewsfield for tea after which we headed back to Chelmsford having covered 71 miles.
Here is a link to my Strava record: http://www.strava.com/activities/165578511