Wirral Bikeathon
Supporting Bloodwise11 JUNE 2017

All you Need to know


The Event

Bikeathons are cycling events for all the family, giving everyone the opportunity to have a fun day out enjoying some healthy exercise whilst raising money through sponsorship to support the vital work of the charity Bloodwise.

The Wirral Bikeathon is one of many Bloodwise Bikeathons taking place throughout the country. All are organised by local volunteers and the aim is simple: to raise as much money as possible for Bloodwise.

Everyone from 8 to over 80 can take part. Whether you're riding solo or as a group, the day guarantees fun for all ages.

Children must be at least 8 years old to ride on their own bike. Children between the ages of 8 - 12 years must be accompanied by an adult and have the signed consent of their parent/guardian to take part. Children younger than this are welcome to take part and can ride for example in a tag-along, in a trailer bike, a tandem, or on a seat behind an adult depending on their age/size. Group entries with children aged 8-12 years old must consist of no more than 10 riders and be accompanied by at least two adults. Please remember that your children are your responsibility.

Yes! We actively encourage team sign up as the more people you have riding with you, the more money you'll raise to help us beat blood cancer the better! You can enter up to 20 riders online, if you want to register more than this, contact Ernie Macaulay at: [email protected] and he will provide an easy-to-use spreadsheet for you to enter your team.

The start, mid-point and finish is in Arrowe Country Park.  From the Park there is a 14 and a 28 mile route up and down the Wirral Peninsula.  You can also view the route using Google Maps or download a Google Earth Map.

The Wirral Bikeathon is not a race so you can pedal at whatever pace is comfortable for you. There are also water stations on both  routes where you'll have a chance to catch your breath and rehydrate. That said, we do recommend that you do something in the way of training for the event.

For the 26 mile route we recommend that you go out for a few rides in the weeks building up to the Bikeathon, especially if you're not used to riding a bike. One of our cyclists provides advices on 'How to Prepare For a Charity Bike ride", or check out this cycling training guide and 10 week training plan for tips and advice on how to get started.

You can use any type of bicycle as long as it's road worthy – over the years we've had entrants taking part on Bromptons, tandems and even uni-cycles!

It's also worth getting your bike checked out and serviced to make sure it's in the best condition possible ahead of the event. Bikes and Boards in West Kirby, K-Cycles in Eastham and The Bike Shop in Moreton can provide this service in advance, hire bikes are available from them and they will be with us on the day to help with any flat tyres and minor repairs! Avoid any unwanted incidents by contacting them to book in a service before the event. Check out our bike guide for further information.

K-Cycles The Bike Shop

Sadly, there's no option to hire a bike on the day so please don't turn up without one!

Please be aware that if the weather has been bad, there may be muddy areas so a hybrid or mountain bike could be more suitable. If you are unsure, feel free to contact us for advice.

Much as we'd like it to be, this is NOT a closed road event. This is because the cost implications of closing the roads would drastically reduce the amount we'd be able to raise for Bloodwise, which would in turn mean we can make less of a difference to the lives of blood cancer patients.

We've gone to great lengths to ensure that the ride is smooth as possible. There will be signs posted along all the routes and marshals at several positions along the way to point you in the right direction and alert you to any hazards.

We can't promise there won't be any traffic but we've done all we can to make this year's routes as safe as possible. With this in mind, we ask that you wear a helmet at all times and abide by the rules of the Highway Code.

Absolutely! We have lots of volunteering opportunities including helping to set up and pack up, registrations, marshalling or even being our photographer! Contact us to find out more.

Entry

Online entries will open on 1st March 2017.  Here is the link to the online Entry Form on Bloodwise's website.  Or you can enter by post by downloading the Entry Form.

Information packs will be sent out shortly after you have registered to enter the event. Your information pack will include your Bikeathon T-shirt, rider number, sponsorship forms to help you with your fundraising, a route guide and further information about the day.

Resources can also be downloaded here:

Yes! If you plan to come along on the day please just come to the 'Enter-on-the-Day' tent in the Start Area in Arrowe Country Park between 9.30am and 11.30am.

The On-the-day entry fees are £25 per adult and £5 for a child 15 years and under.

It will be a shame not to see you at the Bikeathon but we understand that things happen beyond your control which mean you have to pull out. However, if you aren't able to make it for any reason, please contact us with your details as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we are only able to refund entry fees for the first seven days after purchase. After that we are unable to process any refunds. However, we do offer a transfer service free of charge – so if you know someone who is willing to ride in your place then do let us know!

Please note that all transfers must take place before the end of May and that the rider number issued for transfers may be different from the original number.

Fundraising

Unfortunately, no. The entry fee is needed to cover our costs: printing, postage, T-shirts, medals. It is the sponsorship money you raise which goes to the charity Bloodwise making it really important you try to get as many sponsors as possible.

You can fundraise by setting up a page on JustGiving. See here for how to set up a page more information.  

Information on how to make the most out of your online fundraising page is available in Bloodwise's online fundraising guide.

Offline fundraising is also great. We've got downloadable sponsorship forms to get you started and will also be including paper sponsorship forms in your information packs. There'll also be plenty of fundraising tips, advice and ideas in our email newsletters.

On the Day

You will be allocated a time between 9.30 am and 11.30 am. Riders will start in groups to ensure that the roads are not flooded with cyclists. No one will be permitted to start Section 1 after 11.30 am and Section 2 after 1.30 pm.

A map of the Bikeathon route is in your entry pack together with a map of Arrowe Country Park indicating the parking areas and start/finish area.

If you have already paid and have your pack please go to a Check-In Table in the Control/Start area to have your Control Card checked and to inform the Marshal of the amount of sponsorship money you expect to raise. If you wish the control card can be stamped by Marshals at the refreshment points to show your sponsors you have completed the route.

If you are coming by car please PARK at ARROWE PARK HOSPITAL, Arrowe Park Road, Upton, Wirral, CH49 5PE. The hospital is kindly allowing us the use one of their car parking facilities: Car Park A1. Enter the hospital grounds at the main entrance, turn left at the top of the road where there is a large parking area adjoining the park. It is a short walk to the Bikeathon Start area through the park, the path is well-signed. Please do not park at the Golf Centre in Arrowe Park or on the main road where parking is forbidden

Free light refreshments will be available at Control Points. Hot and cold snacks will be on sale in the Start / Finish area or bring a picnic lunch to eat in the park!

There are toilet facilities at both Arrowe Park and Dovepoint.

Absolutely! This is an event for all the family and we want to accommodate everyone. Spectators will have the opportunity to enjoy food and entertainment at the start/finish area while they see you off and wait to welcome you at the finish line.

Downloadable Resources

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0151 327 3129 or e-mail us at [email protected]


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