Information for Bikeathon Entrants
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Medical statement: Participants with existing conditions requiring medication (e.g. asthma inhaler) must bring it with them to the event and carry it with them on the course.
You should report medical matters to the next marshal that you encounter?
The roads are not closed for the event and the Highway Code,
Before the day
On the day
Start: In the interests of road safety cyclists will start in small groups.
Control: Your Control Card will marked by marshals at the check points and at the finish as proof of the miles you have covered. Your Control Card can be used as proof of the distance you have ridden and this will help you to collect your sponsorship.
Route: A route map will be in your Bikeathon pack. You will be directed by signs and Marshals around the route. Marshals will also be at all major junctions on the route.
Personal Safety: RoSPA recommends that all cyclists wear a safety helmet that meets a recognised safety standard and parents cycle behind their children. In addition always follow the Highway Code, obeying all Traffic Regulations, Road Signs, Traffic Lights and Police instructions. Never ride more than two abreast and only then when other road users will not be obstructed. Where appropriate you must ride in single file.
Riders are responsible for any personal medication they may require, (e.g. asthma inhaler) and must bring it with them to the event and carry it with them on the course.
Ambulances will be present on the day and there will be a rescue vehicle touring the course to assist with any breakdowns
Please report any incidents/accidents to a marshal.
Refreshments will be provided at all Check Points and at the finish.
The Comfy Saddle will also be at Shoebury East Beach on the day to provide mechanical support. There may be a cost for any work carried out. There will also be a puncture repair kit and pump with each checkpoint manager available for your use
The last start time will be 11am and the course will be closed down and Marshals off duty by 2.30pm.
Why not bring a picnic or have a BBQ. There is a BBQ area at Shoebury East Beach.
Money: Please bring some cash with you if you'd like to buy anything extra on the day. There will be some activities eg Bouncy Castle that will involve a cost.
Have a very enjoyable day, it is not a race and hopefully it will be a fine sunny day.
After the Bikeathon
We would like to take this opportunity to underline the purpose of the Bikeathon. Not only is it to provide a truly enjoyable day for all taking part but it has the underlying target of raising funds for research into blood cancers. Your valued financial contributions, such as your Southend Bikeathon sponsorship go to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The need for further research continues and we are working towards the day when all blood cancers are eliminated. Your donations remain a most important contribution to this research.
Since the charity started this fundraising some years ago the results have been absolutely amazing. You are joining a large group of people who have shown over the years that together we can achieve success. When Bikeathons were started some years ago out of every 10 children diagnosed with leukaemia 9 died. Thanks to the efforts of the fund raisers and the research that they have financed now NINE children live. Yes we have turned it around and that is thanks to you and people like you. Stay with us and help us get rid of this terrible disease for ever.
Your entry monies are used to meet the various costs and we can categorically assure you that all sponsorship money goes to Bloodwise formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. All the workers and helpers are genuine volunteers.
Whilst mentioning volunteers we are always pleading for more help. There are always a lot of Marshals around the course, directing, guiding and helping. We would be so grateful if any of your family or friends would like to help either before or for a period on the day - if so please phone Terry Joyce on 01268 785674 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are grateful to all helpers and those like Essex and Suffolk Water who provide bottled water free of charge and Marshals who give up their spare time.
Experience has shown that sponsorship money is collected most easily immediately after the event (or set up an online fundraising page ((see website for details)). So please collect your money as soon as possible and pay it in.
Thank you for your kind support - we really appreciate what you are doing.
Please pay your sponsorship money before 31st October 2016.
Trophies are awarded to those raising the most money in each category and who have paid in by the 31st October 2016.
Paying in your Sponsorship money:
Help: We depend on a lot of help to run a Bikeathon. As you have agreed to ride, would any of your family or friends like to help either before or for a period on the day - if so please email Terry Joyce
A TRULY ENJOYABLE DAY TO HELP BEAT BLOOD CANCERS
Car Parking: Entry to Shoebury East Beach is via George Street SS3 9ABThere will designated parking at Shoebury East Beach Car Park. Marshals will be present and we shall be grateful for your cooperation. If possible please ride to the event. See Maps
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