On Thursday evening I will be heading down to Chatham ready to take part in the Great Kent Cycle Ride which starts at 8am on Friday morning.
The route has been finalised and I’m looking forward to a packed itinerary:
Friday 14th July (67 Miles)
- Depart Goatham’s, Hoo
- Rochester Castle
- K Sports @ Maidstone
- Paddock Wood
- Lunch by Cafe 1809 @ parish lawn
- The Green, Westerham
- Finish @ Brands Hatch
Saturday 15th July (77 Miles)
- Depart Brands Hatch
- Griffins Farm @ Sutton Valence
- Lunch @ Canterbury R.F.C.
- Afternoon tea @ Holiday Extras, Hythe
- Service @ Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne
- Finish in Dover
Sunday 16th July (75 Miles)
- Depart Dover
- Baypoint Sports Club @ Sandwich
- Herne Bay
- The Freewheel @ Graveney
- Lunch @ Shepherd Neame Brewery
- The BarnYard @ Upchurch
- GO Outdoors Chatham
- Finish at Goatham’s
Saturday should be a particularly emotional day. Towards the end, our route takes us past Sir John Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe – it was here 36 years ago that I joined the British Army as a member of Arnhem Company, Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion.
From Shorncliffe we climb up onto the White Cliffs and pay our respects to The Few with a Service of Remembrance at the Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-Le-Ferne.
During the service, I will lay a wreath on behalf of the residents of Westmill in Hertfordshire in memory of Pilot Officer Peter Mildren. A Spitfire pilot during the Battle of Britain, Peter grew up in the village. He was killed in action over Boulogne in February of 1941.
I’m getting close to my sponsorship target now. It would be great to reach it before I finish the ride on Sunday. If you can spare any amount, click on the link to my JustGiving page and please give whatever you can.
I’ll be blogging during the ride so please check back to keep in touch with my progress.
Thanks for looking