The Wokingham Bikeathon Committee
The Wokingham Bikeathon Committee have been busy this month, even though a tough decision had to be made to postpone this year’s Bikeathon (which would have been due to take place on 21st June 2020) until June 2021.
The Bikeathon was launched in 2009 by Stan Hetherington and a group of local residents as a family- friendly event, enabling riders to explore some of the lovely countryside surrounding Wokingham, whilst raising money for good causes at the same time. 143 riders took part in the first Bikeathon and over the past 10 years it has grown to an event with up to 800 riders of all abilities taking part. The Bikeathon is still organised by a committee of local volunteers and all of the money raised each year from the Bikeathon entry fees is donated to local charities (after taking out basic costs such as hiring the marquee and purchasing medals for participants).
Almost 700 people took part in the 2019 Bikeathon and that has enabled the committee to donate £9,000 to local charities this year, including: Headway Thames Valley, Sport in Mind, Smart works Reading, Daisy’s Dream, PACT, Ehler-Danlos Support, Bike the UK for MS and Addington Special School Association.
The Bikeathon Committee have also paid for a new bike pump to be installed at Elms Field, for the benefit of local cyclists. This was installed at the beginning of June (by the bike racks near the cinema) and is now available for anyone to use, free of charge.
New Bike Pump at Elms Field
Stan Hetherington and members of the Bikeathon Committee with the new bike pump
Pictured left to right: Joanne Hart, Royce Murphy, Jean Alder, Jill Bissell (from My Journey Wokingham), Natalie Wilson (from Wokingham Cycle Club) and Stan Hetherington
“Ride your own Bikeathon” 2020
During June and July, the team are encouraging local cyclists and families to ride the Bikeathon route themselves. The 17 mile “Ride your own Bikeathon” route (or longer routes of 28 and 37 miles if wanted) can be downloaded from the Wokingham Bikeathon website and riders can complete it any time in June or July.
Participants are being asked to take a photo by the bike pump at the start of the route and take some photos along the way, then to post them on the Wokingham Bikeathon Facebook page. There will be some prizes awarded for the best photos along the route!
Further details can be found on our events page here:
or Wokingham Bikeathon Facebook page.