We are delighted that once again we are able to offer the opportunity on Sunday 10th September 2017 to cycle on this lovely local island that cannot normally be entered without a special pass.
New for 2017, we return to Cupids Country Club, Cupids Chase, Great Wakering SS3 0AX for the start. The ride will now take place entirely on private roads making it what is probably the safest and friendliest bike ride in existence.
Following on from the fundraising success in 2016, we continue with the entrants choosing the charity they wish to support. When you complete your application you will be asked to select a charity from a drop down box. Although there are over 700 charities listed, if your favourite charity is not shown, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the full name and charity number of the charity that you wish to support and we will get it added.
Enjoy refreshments at Cupids Country Club where the ride starts and we hope that you will visit the Heritage Centre in the former Foulness Church of England Primary School built in 1846. Developed and run by the local residents it contains many fascinating exhibits showing the history of life in this timeless corner of Essex. Refreshments will also be available at the Heritage Centre and at Churchend Post Office Store.
The flat terrain and quiet roads make the island a perfect place for cycling. Riders of all ages and abilities can reach Churchend, the island’s quiet old main village. The four mile circuit beyond the village includes a stretch of gravelled road suitable only for touring cycles or mountain bikes with stout tyres. Three circuits round this will complete your 23 mile trip and allow you to reach the most isolated part of the island.
The area is rich in wildlife and a haven for birds. You stand a good chance of seeing avocet, geese, herons, kestrels, merlins and many other birds.
Remember however that the island is owned by the Ministry of Defence and that photography, including the use of webcams, is not allowed on the island.
Why not get a group of your family and friends together and have a really enjoyable day out
whilst giving a boost to your favourite charity?
This is the most important source of money for your chosen charity. Please try and get as much support for your ride as you can. If you wish to support the charitable aims of Rotary International we invite you to submit your sponsorship online through VirginMoneyGiving at no cost to you. Go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/tbayrotary
All entrants will receive a commemorative medal on completion of the ride to recognise their achievement.
Our warmest thanks go to the MoD, QinetiQ, Belton Bros Ltd., Foulness Heritage Centre and to the Parish Council of Foulness for their assistance, also to the residents of Foulness Island for their co-operation and forbearance. Without them this event could not be held.