London to Southend Off-Road       
Bike Ride

Sunday 30 August 2015

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Update:  Online registration is now open sign up now as places are limited

...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 ride.

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.

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Read on to find out everything you need to know about the event. All information is subject to change, so keep checking back for updates.

London to Southend off-road event information

Event Update

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 40 miler.

Registration and fees

Places are limited so sign up early to avoid disappointment.

Entry fees Adult Child (14+ only)
On the day entry £25.00   Sign up button £7.50

Age requirements

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.  

Sign your team up all together

If you would like to sign your team up altogether rather individually online please use our registration form (PDF), fill it in and send it to us with the fee payment.

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.

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: SS7 2AP


You can leave cars at the start, the half way point and at the finsh locations.

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

Event date Sunday 30 August 2015
Registration open 7.30am
Safety briefing 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.
Event starts From 7.45 -  11.30am
Event finishes 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 Visitors Centre.
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.

Bike Hire

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 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.


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

• 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 ride.
• 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 repairs yourself.

Spectators, pets and volunteers

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 interest today.

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