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 Post subject: London to Southend Off-Road Challenge - Sunday 1st September
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:53 am 
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Location: Southend On Sea
Hi all,

Just found out about this London to Southend Off-Road 'Challenge' in September starting from Upminster football stadium to Hadleigh Country Park on the 1st September.

By all accounts, the route goes through Ingrebourne Valley, Hornchurch Country Park, Rainham Marshes, then along some quiet roads into Benfleet and down into Hadleigh Country Park. Sounds like a fairly simple / easy route to me but would anyone else be on this in aid of the British Heart Foundation? Maybe we can get a group together.

Thanks guys!


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 Post subject: Re: London to Southend Off-Road Challenge - Sunday 1st Septe
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:15 pm 
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Tempting.... do i need body armour ;-)


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 Post subject: Re: London to Southend Off-Road Challenge - Sunday 1st Septe
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:20 pm 
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I don't think there will be many jumps mate ;) Lol!


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 Post subject: Re: London to Southend Off-Road Challenge - Sunday 1st Septe
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:26 pm 
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Hah I hope not! i have retired already lol, had a chat with the missus i reckon i am up for this, just need to confirm the dates.


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 Post subject: Re: London to Southend Off-Road Challenge - Sunday 1st Septe
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:39 pm 
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Ciar wrote:
hah I hope not! i have retired already lol, had a chat with the missus i reckon i am up for this, just need to confirm the dates.


Good man! Hopefully get a sizable group of us together to ride.


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 Post subject: Re: London to Southend Off-Road Challenge - Sunday 1st Septe
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:01 pm 
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Just got my welcome pack in the post! I shall be doing this, and also the London to Brighton off road.

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 Post subject: Re: London to Southend Off-Road Challenge - Sunday 1st Septe
PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:07 am 
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I am still contemplating signing up - Any ideas how technical the route will be? I mean, i'll probably do it anyway but de-tour through Shipwrights before heading down to Hadleigh Country Park - Just for fun!


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 Post subject: London to Southend Off-Road Challenge - Sunday 1st September
PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:41 pm 
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It's for the masses so I would assume it would be fairly easy going


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 Post subject: Re: London to Southend Off-Road Challenge - Sunday 1st Septe
PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:05 pm 
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Wheelie the whole thing....

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 Post subject: Re: London to Southend Off-Road Challenge - Sunday 1st Septe
PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:35 pm 
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I'm in for this 1 :thumbup: will entre in next couple of weeks!


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 Post subject: Re: London to Southend Off-Road Challenge - Sunday 1st Septe
PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:22 pm 
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Location: Romford
This is what the BHF are saying about the london to southend. It should be a easy ride.

"Starting with a peaceful ride along Ingrebourne Valley, you could be forgiven for thinking you are already outside the M25, and the feeling continues as you pass through Hornchurch Country Park next. You will see the endless traffic entering and leaving the city, but you continue on a tranquil trail through Rainham Marsh, with wonderful views over the city and estuary.

Joining the Mar Dyke beyond the M25 the track, although flat, the track becomes rough and tough, before some fun bridleways bring you to Basildon. After negotiating the quieter roads through Basildon you approach the edge of Benfleet, where a medley of bridleways winds its way through the town to Hadleigh Castle Country Park, in Southend on Sea to mark the end of the ride."

what they don't tell you is Rainham fucking stinks most of the time :o :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: London to Southend Off-Road Challenge - Sunday 1st Septe
PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:46 am 
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Hi,
Yes Rainham does due to all the waterworks /landfills and river Thames and all the rubbish London throws out........(plus I might have a little to do with i ).
Think of this ride as a extended Wed ride out from Lakeside.

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 Post subject: Re: London to Southend Off-Road Challenge - Sunday 1st Septe
PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:20 pm 
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what they don't tell you is Rainham fucking stinks most of the time :o :lol:


And if there is any water on the surface then you'll stink as well and probably be covered in oily water...

I can see how this could look like fun but it kind of looks naff to me!

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 Post subject: Re: London to Southend Off-Road Challenge - Sunday 1st Septe
PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:27 pm 
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It looks like the missus does have something planned for me now, so I won't be joining in this year, i am guessing it's going to happen each year, so hopefully if it does I already have the dates in the diary :)


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 Post subject: Re: London to Southend Off-Road Challenge - Sunday 1st Septe
PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:20 pm 
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Location: Romford
stumpie wrote:
rapidcamera wrote:
what they don't tell you is Rainham fucking stinks most of the time :o :lol:




I can see how this could look like fun but it kind of looks naff to me!



yeh when they 1st released this run it was from the Olympic Park. which was 45 miles. now its dropped to 35 but i'm booked on it so that shall be.
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