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Dear All. This Sunday 8th September 2019 there is the annual ride around Foulness Island. I did this several years ago and it was truly good natured and great fun with many participants. There are a number of websites with entry forms to register and here below are a few links … I’m not organising anything special but for me I’ll probably take the train halfway there, to Leigh or Westcliff, then ride on to Wakering village. It’s a staged start, the first bunch of riders depart from 09.30 onwards… The entry fee is £15 – for good causes – and if I remember you can register and pay on the day. Once you get to Wakering there will be many riders who will direct you to the starting/registration point in the village. Previously it was the local school, it’s changed to very nearby – sorry to be vague. Even if you don’t travel together it’s one of those events where you’ve a 99% chance of meeting up with friends and fellow cycle mates… so I may see you there … Have fun! Cheers Jon L.

If you happen to be a non member of Gateway Cycling, and before setting out – here is a link to some sensible advice from our website …

Jon Lane

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2 Responses to "FOULNESS ISLAND RIDE 2019"

  1. Jon Lane Jon Lane says:

    Dear All.
    Brief update… There are no trains running between Grays and Pitsea, only a bus service, therefore I’ll be riding to Basildon station then onward to Southend/Shoebury… I spoke to C2C train operators who say there is a reduced time table, a half hour service. I’ll be at Blackshots Sports Centre, Grays RM16 2JU at 08.00 hrs Sunday 8 9 19, and leave there at 08.05… The entry fee may be £20 on the day, it’s cheaper if you book online beforehand…
    Jon L.

  2. Jon Lane Jon Lane says:

    A most excellent ride. Bert and me met at Stanford station (Frances rode on to Bulphan…) and we two rode to Basildon station where it was a faff to get the train to Southend… From here we whizzed along to the Cupids Country Club Wakering for registration, and met with Dave F and Sharon P – who’d both trained it from Upminster to Shoebury. A very pleasant, well organised event with many marshals and helpers encouraging everyone along. Through the security check point manned by young army cadets and out on to the straight military roads and there, across the distance fields were strange concrete structures. The feeling was of a post WW 2 Britain, no modern developments, ideal for an apocalyptic episode of Dr Who… Much chat and cheery Hello’s! from everyone. The weather was fine with a bit of breeze, the gravel stretch near the Heritage Centre was a challenge for skinny tyres. A short stop with many others near the island pub/church and then back to Cupids’ where we collected our medals (see photo?) From start to finish was 14 miles. Out and onwards along the Southend sea front where at the Captains Table restaurant, under the ‘arches,’ we took much needed refreshment. Sharon – “This is the best cooked breakfast I’ve ever had”… Tired and stuffed full, we hopped the train, Bert off at Pitsea and home, Sharon and me out at West Horndon and meandered to Grays, Dave to home via Upminster. Sunshine, the seaside and cycling – the perfect day. Cheers! Jon L.