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THAMES HEAD CHALLENGE 2019
A Team Relay Cycling Challenge to support Bikes4Africa and other charitable causes.
This Event is open to individuals forming a Team and Companies entering a Company Team.
For details of registration and what's included in the registration fee, please see below.
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ROUTE STAGES
The route is divided into 6 stages all of near equal distance of around 23miles.

STAGE 1 : Putney to Runnymede : 24miles 570ft climb

This is the lead out stage from the water’s edge and after glancing again the Thames at Barnes we cut off the river’s loop towards Isleworth by routing through Royal Richmond Park to bridge for the first time at Richmond. Another Royal park section through Bushy Park leads us to the second crossing at Hampton Court before turning west for Walton and the 3rd crossing of Stage 1. Glancing the Thames again at Chertsey, we swing north for the pan flat run into Staines and the 4th crossing of the morning before arriving at Stage Point 2 in Runnymede.

STAGE 2 : Runnymede to Henley : 26miles 830ft climb
Keeping the Thames in sight on our right we pass the Runnymede Magna Carta monument before heading towards Datchet for our 5th crossing and then our 6th on the edge of Windsor’s Home Park. In view of the castle we roll into Windsor and turn a sharp right by the rail station to make our 7th crossing into Eton. Now, heading out west across the flatlands of Eton Wick and Dorney, we make our way to Maidenhead and crossing no.8. After a brief hug of the Thames at Boulter’s Lock we cut the corner to Marlow for crossing no.9, after a steep up and over, before swinging south west for Henley, bridge no.10 and Stage Point 3.
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STAGE 3 : Henley to Wallingford : 23miles 1030ft climb
Heading for Reading, on this mountain stage of the route, we cross bridge no.11 at Sonning before climbing out of the Thames Valley to pass over the glorious Chiltern hills and our highest point on the ride. We have time and opportunity a-plenty to take in the views of this truly wonderful expanse of countryside before slowly dropping down into the Thames Valley again at Wallingford for bridge no.12 and Stage Point 4.

STAGE 4 : Wallingford to Cumnor : 21miles 670ft climb
We pull out across country again, now towards Oxford, heading for bridge no.13 at Culham Lock just 2miles south of Abingdon and our bridging no.14 of the day. This is the first of two summit finishes on our 6 stage ride as we head north to cross into Oxford at Christ Church Meadow and bridging no.15 followed quickly after by bridging no.16. Glimpsing the famous college spires at the home of so many Putney boat race challengers, we climb up the hill out of Oxford for our highly elevated next stage point at Cumnor, Stage Point 5 at the summit.

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STAGE 5 : Cumnor to Lechlade : 25miles 420ft climb

This is the only downhill stage of the ride and one to be really enjoyed. We are now into some of the best, albeit flattish countryside Oxfordshire has to offer. That said, there is a blip in the contours which when overcome gives a fast run down to bridging no.17 at Tadpole Bridge passing the lovely Tadpole Inn. We are in deep countryside all the way now to Stage Point 6 on the embankment at Lechlade.

STAGE 6 : Lechlade to Cirencester : 23miles 760ft climb
Although we don’t bridge the Thames at Lechlade we do get great views of the river and boating at this popular small Thames-side town, the geographical first in fact on the river’s journey to Putney. From Lechlade, we are now on the business end of the ride, as we head first north west before dropping south towards the Cotswold Water Park, passing the famous Fairford airbase and home to the annual top-notch Air Tattoo each July. We thread our way between the sailing lakes to South Cerney, heading towards our second to last crossing of the now diminutive Thames, at Ewen, bridge no.18. On past the InterCity rail station of Kemble, we enter the home straight of this final stage rolling past the famous Thames Head Inn, [and a photo opportunity] located a few hundred metres from where the Thames actually breaks ground. A little further along our road, and with no public announcement or sign, except for ours on the day, we cross over the Thames for the 19th and last time on our ride today, although here it is often a dry river bed.

Stage Point 7 sits at the second summit finish of the day and waiting for us is a hearty recovery meal to celebrate this great iconic ride.

Well done for making it!

Are you up for riding the Thames Head Revisited next year?

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TO ENTER

There are Two Classes of entries, being:
1. individual registrations for riders not associated with a company and
2. company registrations for riders forming part of a Company Team

INDIVIDUAL RIDERS
The price for entry into this Charity Fundraising Event is £50.
This applies per person for rider ONE and TWO, and is payable on registration.
If there is a third rider in the Team, the charge is £40 for the third rider.

Because this is a Charity Event Teams are to raise a further sum for Charity.
Riders in Teams which raise an average of £50 per Rider are entered into a Prize Draw to win a holiday in Mallorca.
To calculate the average fundraising total per rider in a Family Team, qualifying Teenage riders are excluded.

The optional fundraising element should be channelled through the website JustGiving, which processes and lists all the donations.
You can set up your fundraising page by following the "Make Your Justgiving Page" link below. 

COMPANY RIDERS
For companies entering one or more Teams, the entry price is £75 per rider.
A Team can consist of either Two or Three riders.

Again, company riders are to raise a further sum by way of fundraising for Charity between registering and the date of the Event.
This fundraising sum will be a minimum of £25 per rider.

The optional fundraising element should be channelled through the website JustGiving, which processes and lists all the donations.
You can set up your fundraising page by following the "Make Your Justgiving Page" link below.

For Companies special arrangements are included where the company match-funds the fundraising by their Team, where that match-funding element exceeds £300 [£600 in total including match-funding]

These Company supporters  will be provided with photographs of their Team members PLUS a video interview of the team members at the finish.
To add to the social media gain for  Companies supporting Bikes4Africa, video footage of the Bikes4Africa programme in Africa can be supplied, including a comment by our patron Jon Snow, to make a valuable PR story surrounding the whole Event.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE FOR ALL RIDERS
The following is included FREE:
1. Hot drinks at the START, STAGE POINTS and FINISH Venues
2. Hot food at the FINISH venue
3. Snacks at the START venue and each STAGE POINT
4. A Certificate of Completion with Team photograph

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Booking for this Event will open 12 months before the Event.

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EVENT ORGANISER   

The Event Organiser is Pireaus M3,
partnered by the London Rowing Club and Cirencester College.        

   The Thames Head Challenge Event Team of Pireaus M3 is based at:     
       The Bike Shed  |  Hampton Street  | Tetbury  |  Gloucestershire  |  GL8 8LD

       Contact  David or Helen for further information
       01 666 505 390  |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Map showing the Finish Venue
 
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