Burnham & Baddow 2014

Date: Sunday 9th February
Start Time: 08:30 onwards
Distances: 60 miles / 25 miles
Event HQ: Airmen's Mess, Stow Maries Aerodrome, Flambirds Chase, Hackmans Lane, Purleigh, Maldon. CM3 6RJ
HQ Open: 08:00-14:00 (SMA museum & facilities open until 16:00)
Entry Fee: £5.00 on the line

Route Map 1
Route Map 2

Route Map 3 - Flooding Diversion
Note - the northern section of the 60 mile route passed Woodham Walter through Utling, Hatfield Peveral and Little Baddow has been amended due to flooding. The route no longer crosses the River Chelmer and turns left at Woodham Walter along West Bowers Road & Bassetts Lane meeting North Hill just before the steep section.

COURSE & ENTRY FEE SAME AS LAST YEAR - BUT NEW EVENT H.Q.

ENTRY FEE INCLUDES FREE ENTRANCE TO AERODROME MUSEUM (NORMALLY £4.00)

N.B. TO PROTECT THE FLOOR, NO CLEATS ALLOWED INSIDE THE MESS

Southend Wheelers proudly presents its annual Burnham & Baddow Challenge; a 60 miles, no-frills, unsupported, untimed ride around the Essex lanes for experienced road cyclists. Starting from Stow Maries Aerodrome, the main ride heads for Burnham and Southminster, then west to Maldon and Hatfield Peveral, before tackling the “climb” of North Hill at Little Baddow. It continues through to Bicknacre and East Hanningfield before returning to the Aerodrome. There is also a shorter ride of about 25 miles that misses out North Hill.

Both routes are comprehensively sign-posted, but there are no marshals, feed-stations, water-stops, or on-road support so entrants must be confident that they can complete their chosen distance without assistance, and get back to the HQ before it closes. Riders must be prepared for the early February weather, carry their own food and drink, and have the equipment and know-how to deal with punctures and mechanical problems. They should also have a plan for getting home in the event of an un-repairable mechanical breakdown.

As usual, part of the profits from both events go to charity, which this time is the Stow Maries Aerodrome, the world’s only remaining World War 1 airfield in its original state, which Russell Savory, the director, and his hard-working band of volunteers are gradually restoring to its former glory. This year’s event has special significance as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War. The £5 entry fee (unchanged from last year) includes free parking and entry to the aerodrome and its museum for all entrants and their accompanying relatives and friends (normally £4 each).

Catering is kindly provided by members of the local WI who are giving their time voluntarily, with their profits also going to the aerodrome charity.

For more information please email: burnhamandbaddow@southendwheelers.org

To learn more about SMA, please visit the “Friends of SMA” web-site: www.fosma.co.uk
 

 


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