London to Southend Off-Road
Sunday 31 August 2014
...a fantastic fun ride out in the beautiful Essex countryside to remind yourself and others what a healthy heart can achieve!
Our fantastic 40 mile off-road ride
from London to Southend is ideal for those new to
mountain bike events or those just looking for a different
The ride follows a lovely route of tracks, trails and unmade
paths to get you from the edge of London to the vibrant seaside
town of Southend.
| Location and
transport | On the
day | Fundraising
| Training | Equipment | Spectators
Read on to find out everything you need to know about the event.
All information is subject to change, so keep checking back for
London to Southend off-road event information
This event is a great introduction to off-road riding for
charity. London to Southend off -road is perfect for
leisure and new off-road cyclists who like a bit of
a challenge. The route uses mostly traffic free cycling on
cycle paths and easy going off-road trails, through picturesque
countryside. Don’t expect an easy ride though as this 40 mile route
still provides a tough challenge and steely determination to get
you to the coast
Starting along Ingrebourne Valley, passing
through Hornchurch Country Park and out of the city, you’ll
continue on a tranquil trail through Rainham Marsh, with wonderful
views over the city and estuary.
After the quieter lanes around Basildon
you'll wriggle along leafy bridleways through Benfleet, emerging at
Hadleigh Castle Country Park to stunning views of Canvey Island.
Then it’s just a drop down through the Olympic MTB course before a
steep climb past Hadleigh Castle to finish at the Rare Breed Centre
at Hadleigh Farm, in Southend.
Grade 2/3. The ride is technically an easy grade, but it is a
Registration and fees
Places are limited so sign up early to avoid disappointment.
Sign up today!
||Child (14+ only)
Note that children must be at least 14 years old to take part
and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Your entry fee covers the cost of running the event; it’s your
sponsorship money that will help save lives.
Take part as a team
Pay for your whole team - If
you'd like to register and pay collectively, you can
email or call us for a form via email@example.com or 0845 130
Check out our team
registration and fundraising top tips
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Your London to Southend Off Road entry includes
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.
Where your money goes
Visit our fundraising section for some great
Set up your online sponsorship page
Location and transport
Start Location Hornchurch Football
Club, Bridge Ave. Upminster Postcode: RM14 2LX
Finish Location Rare Breed Centre, Salvation
Army, Hadleigh Farm, Castle Lane, Hadleigh, Essex Postcode:
You can leave cars at the start, the half way point and at the
Trains and Underground
The nearest underground station is at Upminster on the District
line. At the finish you can take the train from Benfleet station
back to London (subject to service availability)
On the day
||Sunday 31 August 2014
||The ride starts from 7.45 am, last riders to leave no later
11.30am. Safety briefing as each group leaves the start
up until 11.30am.
||From 7.45 - 11.30am
||Riders must finish by 6pm
Toilets and refreshments will be available at the start and
finish locations and at the half way point at Ingrebourne Valley
All riders should carry with them a good supply of water for the
event. There will be water stops available along the route for you
to fill up your bottles.
If you don't have a bike or are having problems getting it back
home using public transport, bike hire is now available for this
event. You can order in advance and collect on the day. Once you've
finished your ride you just leave your bike at the finish. Call
08457 484950 for more details. Find out more at
British Bike Hire
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Equipment and what to
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.
Shop for cycling gear
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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.
tips and advice
Keeping you safe
• The event is fully supported by First Aid, marshals and the
route is fully signed. Support vehicles are also available to
collect you and your bike from any checkpoint should you find you
are unable to complete the challenge and wish to retire from the
• Mechanics are supporting the event but given the length of the
route they may take some time to reach you. Please ensure you have
the knowledge and equipment to fix any punctures and basic bike
Spectators are very welcome to attend this event, but we advise
that you don't bring pets. If you would to like to volunteers for
us at the London to Southend off road that would be fantastic.
The finish location at the Rare Breeds Centre is a wonderful
place to take the family for a day out whilst you watch your
familiy and friends take part our brilliant off-road bike ride.
If you'd like to volunteer at this event,
check out the opportunities available and register your
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 firstname.lastname@example.org