London to Southend Off-Road


Sunday 21 August 2016


London to Southend

Our fantastic 40 mile off-road ride follows trails and unmade paths to get you from the edge of London to the vibrant seaside town of Southend and an amazing finish at the Olympic mountain bike course.

This ride is great for those new to mountain bike events - or those just looking for a different ride. Sign up today and be one of first to tackle the Olympic MTB course since the 2012 games.

Online registration now closed - but you can still sign up on the day.

More event details

Sign up to the London to Southend Off-Road Bike Ride

When: Sunday 21 August 2016

Where: London to Southend

Advanced entry for this event has now closed, however, you can still sign up on the day. In order to do so, pop along to the registration tent at the start location at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor's Centre, which will be open from 07:30 on Sunday morning.


 On the day entry fee 
 Adult  £30
 Under 18


Children must be 14 years old to take part, and accompanied by an adult. 

This event is perfect for off-road riders 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. 

This route provides a tough challenge. The ride is graded 2-3 and is 40 miles. Read more about our off-road route gradings.

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event. It's the money you raise that powers our life saving research.

Your entry includes

  • Downloadable route map
  • GPX file (available on request)
  • Training guidance
  • Fundraising support
  • Medical support
  • Mechanical support
  • Full route signage and marshalling 
  • A medal for all finishers      

Contact us

If you would like more information on any of our events, get in touch Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00:

Tel: 0845 130 8663
Email: [email protected]

Make your travel plans

The start

Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre, Hornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch, Greater London, RM12 6TS

Parking at the start

There is no all day parking available at the start location. There will be a short stay car park which will be used as a drop off zone, however this will be locked at 11:30am. If you intend on using this drop off zone, please follow the signs and listen to the marshals upon arrival. 

If you need somewhere to leave your car for the duration of the event, there are several options that are within a 10 minute cycle of the start line: 

  • NCP Hornchurch (London underground) - 1 mile (6 minute cycle) from the start - £2.00 all day - RM12 6LS
  • Elm Park Hotel - 0.6 miles (3 minute cycle) from the start - £8.00 - RM12 4PT
  • Elm Park Library - 0.6 miles (3 minute cycle) from the start - £8.00 - RM12 4PT
  • Dorrington Gardens - 1 mile (5 minute cycle) from the start - £8.00 - RM12 4HX
  • Appleton Way - 1.1 miles (6 minute cycle) from the start - £8.00 - RM12 6JL
  • Fentiman Way - 1.7 miles (10 minute cycle) from the start - £8.00 - RM11 3XR
  • Billet Lane (Queens Theatre) - 1.2 miles (7 minute cycle) from the start - £8.00 - RM11 1XP

Public transport

The nearest train stations are Hornchurch and Elm Park, both of which are on the District Line of the London Underground network. The nearest overground stations are Emerson Park and Upminster. Please ensure you have checked the bikes on trains policy for any services you intend on using before travelling. 

Halfway Point

If anyone is coming to support you on the day, there is a public car park at the halfway point (Langdon Nature Reserve - SS16 6EJ). This car park is intended for people using the Nature Reserve though so please don't park here for too long. 

The finish

Hadleigh Park, Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2PP


Parking is available at the finish line. There is an hourly charge which can be paid by cash or credit/debit card. 

Public Transport

The nearest train station is Benfleet. Bikes are allowed on services out of this station but please make sure you check train times and services on the day of the event beforehand. 

Raise money

Your fundraising helps our researchers make more discoveries and keep more hearts beating.

Create an online fundraising page - it's the easiest way to get sponsored. Share your page on Facebook, Twitter and by email so your family and friends can sponsor you.

Create your online sponsorship page

Take a look at our fundraising guide for more inspirational ideas to boost your fundraising.

Get fit for your challenge

This is a challenging ride and you'll need to have a good level of fitness to take part. Plan your training with expert tips and advice in our cycling training zone.

Being active is an important part of reducing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Get more heart health tips.

Make sure you have the right kit

Take a look at our recommended cycling kit list for what to wear on the day and what to bring with you.

You must wear a bike helmet for this event. 

British Cycling membership

British Cycling membership includes insurance and they’ll donate £4 for every Ride Membership Package our riders sign up for. Find out about the great membership benefits.

Get your family and friends involved

Your family and friends could be part of the action as well. Why not ask them to take part with you, or they could come and help on the day. Volunteers are vital in making our events a success.

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At the start

07:30 Registration opens 
07:45 Safety briefings held as each group leaves the start (until 11:30)
07:45 - 11:30  Event starts - riders can leave between these times.
18:00 Riders must be finished by 18:00

The route

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 to the finish at the Olympic MTB course and your chance to be amongst the first riders to tackle the course since the Olympic Games.


Toilets and refreshments will be available at start and finish locations and 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.

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 time to reach you. Make sure you have the knowledge and equipment to fix any punctures and basic bike repairs yourself.

Spectators are very welcome to cheer and support our riders, but no dogs are allowed.

At the finish

The Rare Breeds Centre is a wonderful place to take the family for a day out whilst you watch your family and friends take part our brilliant off-road bike ride.

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