London to Reading                       Supported by Santander
Bike Ride

Sunday 23 March 2014

London to Reading bike ride Imm

Update:  Thanks to everyone who joined us on 23 March. Check out the event updates.

The route was very scenic and very well marshalled

Hundreds took on an acheivable challenge this March. 

This was one of the first big rides of the year - the perfect excuse to rescue your bike from the back of the shed, dust it off and show it some TLC.  
 

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London to Reading Bike Ride event information

Event Update

Huge congratulations to everyone who took part this year, you are all heart heroes, thank you. Don't forget to send a link to your fundraising page to everyone who hasn't supported you yet.

Setting off from Kempton Park Race course the 40 mile route will take you through the outer fringes of London into the beautiful countryside and open roads beyond. Until you reach Christchurch Meadows in the heart of the bustling town of Reading. London to Reading is ideal for those looking to get fit, training for another event or just wanting to get a bit more active in 2014. With our training tips everyone can join our fight against heart disease.

Registration and fees 

Registration has closed.

Entry fees Adult Child (14-15yrs)
On the day £20.00 £15.00

Note that children must be at least 14 years old to take part and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


Your entry includes

  • Download  route map *
  • Download route GPX file
  • A medal for all finishers
  • Medical support
  • Full route signage
  • Extensive training guidance
  • Fundraising support
  • A welcome pack containing route map, love heart, sponsorship form and on the day information will be sent to you as soon as you have registered
  • Water available en route and at the start and finish
  • Thank you certificate for those who fundraise

*Route and stops may be subject to change on the day of the event. Printed maps will be available at your start location.

Fundraising

Fundraising funds research that saves lives. In 1961 the number of children born with a heart defect who survived to their first birthday was around only 20 per cent. Today that figure is 80 per cent, thanks to procedures such as valve replacement that help them lead improved lives.

For all our success, there's a lot still to be done. Heart disease is still the UK's single biggest killer. Surgery techniques can still be improved. And there are exciting developments in genetics and stem cell technology.

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event; so join the fight for every heartbeat by raising funds. Your fundraising will help us continue funding research to ensure hearts keep beating.

 

Location and transport

Start location Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AQ  Finish location Christchurch Meadow, George Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8DH

Car parking
At the start of the event at Kempton Park Racecourse there is free parking; Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AQ. There are several pay and display car parks near the finish in Christchurch Meadows, as well as free parking in surrounding streets.

Trains
Kempton Park Rail Station is directly outside the start venue. Sunbury Rail Station is approx 0.5 miles and Hampton (London) Rail Station is approx 2 miles from the start. Regular services run throughout the day from Central London, call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 for times and more information.

On the day

New event date Sunday 23 March 2014
Registration open 8.00am
Event starts Riders can set off any time between 8am and 10.30am
Event finishes 4.00pm

Equipment and what to wear

Please see the kit list for recommended equipment. Remember to rock up in red to show your support for the fight against heart disease. And don't forget to wear a helmet.

Training

Anyone age 14+ can is very welcome to take part in our London to Reading bike ride.

For expert tips, training schedules and advice, visit the training zone. Remember the golden rules of exercise: start gently, build up gradually and do it regularly. Make sure you set achievable goals, which help you to monitor your fitness and boost your confidence when you achieve them. Always wear appropriate gear, and if you have any medical condition or health concerns that may affect you on the day, speak to your doctor about it prior to the event.

 

Facilities

  • There will be changing rooms at the start
  • Paella will be on sale at the finish 
  • Many pubs along the route will open for refreshments
  • There will be toilets at the start and finish and along the route at open public houses. 

Bike Hire– No Bike? Having issues taking your bike on the train?

If you don't have a bike or are having problems getting it back home using public transport why not hire a bike for the day instead. You just order in advance and collect on the day. Once you have finished your ride you just leave it at the finish. Now you really don't have an excuse to take part. Find out more at British Bike Hire. Again, please remember to check with train companies in advance of booking your train ticket that bikes are allowed on your service. Call 08457 484950 in good time prior to the event for more details.

Keeping you safe

The route will be fully marshalled and there will be first aid support through the event.

Spectators, pets and volunteers

Spectators are very welcome at our London to Reading bike ride. Some of the best vantage points are near the start at Kempton Park Racecourse, at Henley on Thames and at the finish in Christchurch Meadows. You are welcome to bring pets provided they are kept under control and remain on leads at all times.

Volunteers

If you'd like to volunteer at this event, check out the opportunities available and register your interest today.

Contact us

For general event enquiries, please check the frequently asked questions section. If you have any further questions, please call the events team Mon – Fri, 9am - 5pm on 0845 130 8663 or email events@bhf.org.uk.

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