Saturday 31 August 2013
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
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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.
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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
- East Clandon
- East Worldham
- 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
Sign up on the day
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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.
Please note you must be at least 18 years old to enter this
Your entry fee covers the cost of running the event; it’s your
sponsorship money that will help save lives.
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registration and fundraising top tips
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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
- 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
- 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.
Where your money goes
Visit our fundraising section for some great
Set up your
online sponsorship page
Ways to pay in your fundraising -including sponsor form
Location and transport
Start location The event starts from:
Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16
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
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
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
Postcode for your sat nav is TW16 5AQ.
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
||31 August 2013
||Registration is open from 7:15am – 9:00am
||Every tens minutes from the start time
||This event starts between 8:00am - 9:30am
||You must aim to reach the finish in Southampton no later than
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- 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.
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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
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
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
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 email@example.com
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