Get on your bike and raise funds for your local hospital to celebrate 25 years of the East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals Charity

Taking place on Sunday 11th July 2021 the Herts Health Ride will start and finish at the magnificent Woodhall Estate at Watton-at-Stone, Hertford, SG14 3NN and will follow beautiful circular routes through the charming Hertfordshire countryside surrounding our hospitals.

Challenge yourself to take part in our 25k, 50k, 100k routes or child friendly track around the Estate

We will have three well signed routes available on public roads from a beginner friendly 28km loop with less than 1% of climbing, a 56km undulating loop and a challenging 109km loop that has over 1000m of climb in the Northern Chilterns.

Entry Fees:

  • The Challenge Cycle- 28km- £25

    The Challenge Cycle is a 28km anti-clockwise loop that heads North to Watton at Stone, before heading West through Datchworth and Woolmer Green then down through the edge of Welwyn Old Town to the refreshment stop at Sherrardswood School after 11km. You may need a bit of energy as soon after you’ll hit the only major climb on the course, the 1.3km climb up from Digswell. Its not super steep, but its tough enough for local cycling clubs to use it for their hill climb championships! The good news is that this is the highest point on the course and you can enjoy a downhill run back towards Woodhall Estate and the Event HQ.

  • The Big Ride-56km- £30

    The Big Ride is a 56km loop that starts out the same as the shorter Challenge loop, but turns northwards after just over 10km where it splits from the Challenge route.  At the next roundabout you’ll take the turning on to the beautiful lanes that typify this area. Winding around the lanes that circumnavigate Codicote, you’ll end up in Whitwell where a left turn reveals the first of two short steep climbs before descending in to Kimpton and the second short steep climb.  The first refreshment stop will be at the Cross Keys in Gustard Wood at 24km. After the stop, you’ll enjoy a 10km descent down towards Wheathampstead and Stanborough before climbing over Ayot Green to rejoin the Challenge loop at 39km at the Sherrardswood School refreshment stop.

  • The Enduro Sportif- 109km- £35

    The 109km Enduro Sportif starts the same as the Big Ride before splitting at Whitwell and heading North over the climb of St Pauls Walden. The route then skirts around Hitchin before heading up towards Shefford where you turn Southwards to the first refreshment point at the White Hart in Campton at 48km. We recommend taking some energy on board as there is still plenty of climbing to come in the second half with 5 notable climbs, interspersed with steady long descents. At 72km you’ll rejoin the Big Ride course and soon after, the refreshment point at the Cross Keys comes at 78km. If anyone needs it, there is a third and final refreshment point at Sherrardswood School at 91km.

    Please be mindful that these routes will cover a variety of road surfaces, and as those who ride regularly in the Chilterns will understand, we suggest that you use a winter/ training tyre with adequate puncture protection. We also encourage you to carry suitable spares in case of punctures and minor mechanicals.

    There will be three refreshment points on the 109km route (2 on the 56km and 1 on the 28km) to enable you to replenish your water bottles and energy reserves. Please ensure that you bring your own refillable water bottle to the event.

    For those using GPS devices, GPX files will be provided to download before the event. Click here to peruse the routes beforehand.

  • Family Woodhall Estate Ride Individual- £20
  • Family Woodhall Estate Ride Family- £50 (up to four individuals)

    Our untimed 3.2km family friendly ride will remain on the Woodhall Estate. The lap will be on manicured grass, suitable for all types of bikes and suitable for all ages and abilities to have a go at. We challenge you to see how many laps of the route you can complete! Each rider will have a card that will be stamped each lap to prove just how far they have travelled.

Entry fees include a £10 donation to the East & North Hertfordshire Hospitals' Charity with the family ticket including a £25 donation. A further donation to the charity can be made on the registration page.

All riders will receive an NHS medal at the finishing line and complimentary refreshments will be provided on routes.

Sponsorship

All riders who pledge to donate or raise £250 will be awarded with a celebratory NHS cycling jersey.

To set up a Just Giving fundraising page to collect sponsorship click here

Alternatively, click here to download our sponsorship form

  • £250 could pay for a summer party for our children with cancer
  • £250 could pay for 25 comfort packs for elderly patients on our wards
  • £250 could pay for plants and flowers for our chemotherapy garden
  • £250 could pay for training and uniforms for our Butterfly Service which supports end of life patients
  • £250 could pay for some birthing stools and balls for our Maternity Unit

Click here to register for the Herts Health Ride 2021

How to get to the event

Google Map Directions

Click here to download the Woodhall Estate map. Please enter the Estate through the gate located closest to 'Events Access' in Stapleford Meadows.

Event HQ

At Woodhall Estate we will have an event village for cyclists who have completed their ride with refreshment stalls, a charity stall, toilet facilities and music.

Health & Safety

We will have a sweep vehicle on the course to assist any cyclists who have mechanical issues, and in case of serious injuries, we will have emergency contact numbers available for you to call, with paramedics on standby.

Our partners Active Training World have continued to organise events during this difficult time and understand that many people are nervous regarding entering events again. To assure you that we and Active Training World will be taking every measure to organise a safe, socially distanced event please click here to watch Active Training World's Covid-19 Safety Video

Key information

Date: Sunday 11th July 2021
Location: Woodhall Estate, Watton-at Stone, Hertford, SG14 3NN
Start times: Between 7:30am and 10:00am (exact times to be advised in final details depending on Covid-19 restrictions)
Distances: 28km, 56km, 109km and 3.2km untimed family ride
Minimum age: There is no minimum age for the rides. Entrants must be aged 13 or over to ride unaccompanied. Under 13s to be accompanied by an adult throughout the ride. All under 18s require parental consent and must be able to ride safely on public roads and be capable of completing the distanced entered.
Activity:
Cycling
Event cancellation policy: We want you to book with confidence so, if this event can no longer go ahead, and an alternative date isn't found, you will be offered a number of options, one of which will be a refund of your entry fee. (Booking fees are non refundable)
Additional fees:
A 6% booking fee will be added at the registration checkout

If you would like to find out more about this event or discuss it with a member of the charity team please call 01438 285182 or email [email protected]

In partnership with Active Training World
         

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