London to Southampton             Supported by Santander 
Bike Ride

Saturday 31 August 2013

London to Southampton bike ride

Update: Thank you to everyone who took part this year. Check out the event updates from this year.

Fantastic riding but much harder than I thought, I will train more next year

London to Southampton is only in its third year, but this fantastic bike ride has already begun to develop a real following amongst cycling enthusiasts.

Join us for a beautiful, challenging 84 mile ride through the streets of London and idyllic country lanes with stunning coastal views.

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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.

Welcome to your event guide. It's the place to come for everything you need to know about your event. This guide will be expanded as the event draws closer, so please check back for updates. All information is subject to change.

London to Southampton Bike Ride event information

The route is variable with the first 10-12 miles winding its way out of the suburbs of London and through residential streets. Once you hit the countryside you will encounter quiet, twisty, narrow and hilly roads with some beautiful views and villages along the way.

There are some serious inclines on the route along with some extremely steep, twisting declines to watch out for. The route is approximately 136km (84 miles) with 1,700 metres of climbing, so has been graded as moderate to hard.

 The route passes by or close to the following locations

  • Walton on Thames
  • Cobham
  • Ockham
  • East Clandon
  • Albury
  • Chilworth
  • Shalford
  • Compton
  • Seale
  • Rowledge
  • Binstead
  • East Worldham
  • Dean
  • Moorgreen
  • Itchen Bridge into Southampton

This event supports our Mending Broken Hearts campaign.

Registration and fees

Online registration has closed but you can sign up at the event.

Sign up on the day

Entry fees Adult
In advance £25.00
On the day £35.00


Take part as a team

Pay for your whole team - If you'd like to register and pay collectively, please call 0845 130 8663 for a registration form.

Age requirements

Please note you must be at least 18 years old to enter this event.

Your entry fee covers the cost of running the event; it’s your sponsorship money that will help save lives.  

Your London to Southampton Bike Ride entry includes

  • GPX route download and route map download
  • A medal for all finishers
  • Medical support
  • Full route signage
  • Mechanical support
  • Massage
  • Extensive training guidance
  • Fundraising support
  • A welcome pack containingyour sponsorship form,a love heart and event information  will be sent to you once you have registered
  • Water available en route and at the start and finish
  • Thank you certificate


The money you raise 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. Coronary 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 The event starts from: Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 5AQ

Finish location The event finishes at: Hoglands Park, Houndwell Place, Southampton, SO14 1JZ You will be able to leave your car all day at Kempton Racecourse and collect it after the ride.

There is also pay and display parking in Southampton around the finish area and in the many car parks around the city.

Getting to the start:

By car
Kempton Park race course is located on the A308 between Sunbury on Thames and Hampton Court. The venue is less than one mile from Junction 1 of the M3 via Junction 12 of the M25.
Postcode for your sat nav is TW16 5AQ.

By Rail
The racecourse boasts its own on site station – Kempton Park – Trains run every half an hour from Waterloo with the journey time being just 40 minutes. Trains run back to London Waterloo from Southampton Central approximately every 30 minutes.

On the day

Event date 31 August 2013
Registration open Registration is open from 7:15am – 9:00am
Safety briefing Every tens minutes from the start time
Event starts This event starts between 8:00am - 9:30am
Event finishes You must aim to reach the finish in Southampton no later than 7:00pm.
  • There will be toilets at the start and finish locations.
  • Refreshments will be available to buy at the start and finish area (it is advised that any extra energy bars or drinks you need should be brought with you and please ensure you fill up your water bottle at every opportunity). You will pass pubs en route, many of which will know you are coming through and are happy to let you fill up bottles.
  • On route will be water stops and suggested places for lunch or to meet up with any friends or family.
  • Mobile bike repair will be available at the start/finish and along the route however any basic repairs such as punctures you are expected to carry out yourself and bring the required spare parts with you for this.
  • First aid will be available at the start/finish and along the route and you will be given emergency numbers to ring if you get into any problems en route.
  • A sweep vehicle will be out on route to pick up anyone unable to finish. They will take you to either the bike mechanic if it is a bike issue, the nearest train station or to the finish depending whereabouts on route you have stopped.

Equipment and what to wear

Please make sure wear appropriate clothing for a long distance bike ride. You can find out more about cycling essentials here.


Keeping you safe

This event takes place on roads that are not closed to traffic it is therefore your responsibility to obey the rules of the road.  There will aslo be marshals along the route to help keep you safe.

There are plenty of places manned or unmanned along route to stop and fill up water bottles (as mentioned most of these are pubs along the route, a list of which will be advertised nearer the time).

First Aid will be on hand for any minor injuries and emergency numbers will be given out on the day of you get lost or need any help.

The route will be fully signed with directional arrows and a route map will be provided which we strongly recommend you check whenever you stop on your journey.


Although we ask that you don't bring pets to take part with you, your friends and family are very welcome to join in cheering at the finish line at Southampton. Ask them to look the part and rock up in red!

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


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.

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, 9:00am - 5:00pm on 0845 130 8663 or email

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