London to Southend Bike Ride

Sunday 20 July 2014

London to Southend bike ride

Update: Places are limited so sign up now!

Great ride....great cause!

52 miles of outstanding cycling from the east end of London to one of England’s best loved and well known seaside resorts, Southend.

Join thousands of other supporters on our second largest bike ride and make it a day to remember. Sign up early and secure your place on our fantastic London to Southend charity bike ride.

RegistrationLocation and transport | On the day | Fundraising | TrainingEquipmentSpectators

London to Southend event information

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.

Your route takes you quickly out of the hustle of London  and on through pretty villages, quiet lanes before coming to the excitement of the finish in Southend. We are sure you will have a fantastic day and a rewarding sense of achievement as you approach the finish line in Priory Park.

 

Registration and fees

Places are limited so sign up now

Entry fees Adult
Advance registration £19.50  Sign up button

Children must be at least 14 years old to take part and must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Riders under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult rider over 18 and wear a cycle helmet.

Take part as a team

Online registration - Online registration is quick and easy. Each team member can register and pay individually online using the links above, making sure to record the Team name and Team leader's name where requested.

Your London to Southend entry includes

  • A medal for all finishers
  • Medical support
  • Full route signage
  • Event photography
  • Mechanical support
  • Extensive training guidance
  • Fundraising support
  • A welcome pack will be sent to you from Bike Events who help us organise this bike ride.
  • Water available en route and at the start and finish
  • Thank you certificate showing your  fundraising total

Location and transport

Start location Victoria Park, London - Finish location Priory Park, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea

At a cost of £12.00 per person - Two special Bike Events charter trains will run in the morning only from Southend Victoria to get you to London for an 8:00am start. The trains will also call at Hockley, Rochford and Rayleigh only.

Only tickets sold by Bike Events will be vaild on the two special charter services. Greater Anglia season tickets won't be valid on these services.

The route to the start will be signed from Stratford station (where the service terminates). Train times will be announced nearer the date - details in the Ride Guide sent as part of each registration pack. Strengthened scheduled services will also run in the morning from Southend Victoria and Southend Central stations to take riders to Stratford and in the afternoon to take riders back to Liverpool Street and stations en route.

For train times call National Rail Enquiries for times: 08457 48 49 50

More information on transport and location details are available on the bike events website.

On the day

This event will be fully marshalled and covered by first aiders throughout the route. To find out more details about this and other on the day facilities please visit the Bike events website.

Event date 20 July 2014
Registration open 7.00am
Safety briefing Every ten minutes throughout the morning
Event starts 7.00am - 9.10am
Event finishes When the last rider arrives in Southend

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. 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.

 

Equipment and what to wear

This is a long distance bike ride, therefore it is essential that you wear the right type of clothing for this type of event. Remember that although this event is in the late summer, weather can be changeable so please make sure you also have appropriate clothing. . Find out more information about what to wear at our online equipment and kit list.

Training

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.

 

Keeping you safe

Please ensure you use suitable cycling gear and bring along a cycling helmet, puncture repair kit, inner tube, money, snacks, water bottle and mobile phone. The event is fully signed and supported with first aid, marshalls and mechanics. The route map, handed to all riders on the day, will contain the emergency medical, mechanic and route control telephone numbers.

Spectators, pets and volunteers

Unfortunately animals should not be brought to this event, neither as spectators nor participants. Human spectators are encouraged, and will not need to pay for entry to the start/finish location. The best cheering points are at the start/finish and you're also welcome to cheer along the route. Encourage your supporters to wear red and shout loud!

We need volunteers for this event, so please register with us if you'd like to help.

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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