London to Southend

Sunday 21 Jul 2024West Ham Park, Upton Lane, London E7 9PU52 miles / 65 miles

From the East End to Southend!

From the Start at beautiful West Ham Park in Newham, East London, we're soon out of town and onto quieter, country roads. Essex will surprise you with its picturesque villages and quiet lanes, winding through gently rolling countryside. With plenty of stops along the way, we'll reach the Finish in the pretty gardens of Priory Park, Southend with music, refreshments, beer tent and a well-earned medal!

Special Train runs in the morning from Southend Victoria to Stratford - bikes go free - book when you register.
In the afternoon there are trains every 20 minutes back to London - buy your ticket at the station

The event is registered with British Cycling - please read How to Ride in a Group here. and Sportive etiquette which you can find here.

The event will follow Covid-safety guidance from British Cycling. Social distancing and other measures here

Official rider photos from Sports Action Photo will be available after the ride, here

"Thank you do much for a fantastic day, the day went so well & the organisation was spot on. The route signs & marshals were perfect, would not hesitate to book further events." S. B.

See the ride:

"I completed the ride with my friend... in five and a half hours without stopping and raised £1170 for the charity !! If you're not sure if cycling is for you, give it a go, you have nothing to lose and so much to gain, my fitness level is so much better and I am looking a lot leaner. Once you have your bike, its a free hobby." L. W.

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Ride Details


West Ham Park, Upton Lane, London E7 9PU


Priory Park, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6NB


52 miles / 65 miles

Challenge rating


Start times

7.30am - 9.10am


Entry Pack/s (enter number of riders required) - includes P+P (£28.90)
Team Entry (Enter total no. required. Price per person) - includes P+P (£28.90)
14-17 Year Old Entry (£28.90)
Morning Train (for 8am Start) (£16.60)

Other info

Start times are to reduce congestion. If you need to change your time please email

Minimum age 14 years. Riders under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult rider over 18.

ALL riders aged 17 years or under MUST have a signed parental consent form. The form is emailed to each rider and posted in rider packs with the Ride Guide, and can also be downloaded HERE
Please email the completed form to or bring this to the bike ride Check In on the day.16 and 17 year olds may cycle unaccompanied. 15 year olds and under MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Road bike / hybrid / mountain bike suitable.

ALL riders MUST wear a helmet. A selection of helmets will be available for purchase on the day

** We recommend that all riders have both bike and personal liability insurances as we cannot be held responsible for damage, loss or theft of your bike or personal items or personal liability.**

Do not take part if you have Covid symptoms.
GPX routes (.GPX / .KML / .TCX) will be available to download from each registered rider's online account area a week before the event.

Bike Events 0117 422 1472

Ride Gradings

Suitable for anyone who enjoys a reasonably active life. The pace is gentle and the terrain flat to undulating. Distances no more than 30 miles (50km).

Suitable for those with slightly more cycling experience. the terrain can be a little hillier than grade 1.5 and distances up to 45 miles (70km).

For the regular and reasonably fit cyclist. The terrain may include some challenging hills and distances up to 75 miles (110km).

These routes require a good level of fitness and stamina and feature challenging inclines and/or a longer time in the saddle. Distances can be up to 100 miles (160km).

Getting here by car

The START is 2 miles Stratford International station and Stratford International Car Park, International Way, London E20 1YY. 24 hour parking costs £6.00. The route to the Start will be signed
For details of other public car parks near the Start CLICK HERE

There will be NO PARKING AT FINISH (Priory Park) FOR RIDER'S VEHICLES. There are two pay & display public car parks near to the FINISH - at University Square & Victoria Shopping Centre - for details please click here

Getting here by train

Special Bike Events charter trains will run in the MORNING from Southend Victoria to get you to London (Stratford) for an 8:00am start - the route to the Start will be signed from there. The trains will also call at Hockley, Rochford and Rayleigh

Tickets for these special services will be available for purchase through the Bike Events website. These tickets will be valid ONLY on the two charter services running from Southend Victoria. Season tickets will NOT be valid on these services.

Bike Events Specials' service times:

06:24 – Southend Victoria planned for platform 2
06:34 – Hockley
06:42 – Wickford
07:20 – Stratford (arrival)

06:33 – Southend Victoria (platform 1)
06:42 – Rochford
06:53 – Rayleigh
07:30 – Stratford (arrival)

For regular services please check the Greater Abellio website
The route to the Start (West Ham Park) will be signposted

Regular train services run from Southend Central to London Fenchurch Street.

IN THE AFTERNOON trains will run every 20 minutes from Southend Victoria taking you and your bike to stations to London Liverpool St. Simply BUY YOUR TICKET AT THE STATION before boarding the train.

Sorry, no photographer on this ride

You're welcome to raise money for one of the charities below (select when you book online) or for a charity of your choice (contact them after you've booked to arrange sponsorship).

CHARITIES - please contact us for information about how to get involved and for details of our Open Event fundraising packages

Serving Southend University Hospital - Mid & South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, the Charitable Foundation raise money and awareness for major fundraising projects. Their current challenge is to improve the delivery of Radiotherapy treatment, bettering the lives of patients undergoing cancer treatment in mid and south Essex. The SPOTLIGHT RADIOTHERAPY APPEAL aims to raise £600,000 to fund ultra-precise, state of the art radiotherapy positioning devices which provide set up and motion management during radiotherapy and have extensive benefits.
Charity Contact: Tel: 01702 385337
@SouthendHospitalCF on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram
Reg. Charity No. 1073031

Our vision is of a future where every young person aged 14-35, regardless of their background or circumstances, has access to the support, resources and opportunities they need to thrive and be healthy. Through schools and alternative learning establishments, our mission is to prevent Young Sudden Cardiac Deaths by screening and raising awareness
Charity No: 1208330

Prost8 UK is a charity championing minimally invasive treatments for early-stage prostate cancer. Each year, 12,000 men face unnecessary invasive treatments, which can leave them incontinent and with little to no sexual function. We advocate for focal treatments, available on the NHS, that reduce the chance of life-changing side effects. We believe saving lifestyles is as important as saving lives.
Charity number: 1182590
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Empowering active lifestyles. protecting against skin cancer. Providing free sun protection resources for sport clubs, and outdoor groups, to raise awareness and educate, to prevent melanoma and all forms of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the UK’s most prevalent cancer, our goal is to prevent it by fostering healthier habits for all outdoor enthusiasts.
Charity Reg. No. 1085969