The Big Ride for Palestine 2018 – Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th August

The Big Ride 2018, is raring to go and we’d like you to support us if you can. Cycling from Coventry to London over three days there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, cheering us on along the route, joining in on the final leg, helping to raise funds for the Middle Eastern Children’s Alliance and importantly making others aware of what we are doing and why.

If you would like to support my efforts by making a donation to MECA you can link through my Global Giving page: https://goto.gg/f/27569 Note that donations will also be accepted for a period after the event. Thank you

Now in its fourth year The Big Ride 2018 is our biggest ride yet with over 200 entrants cycling to London over three days. TBR aims to raise awareness of the situation between Israel and Palestine bringing attention to the military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem – since 1967.

TBR will again this year be raising money for The Middle Eastern Children’s Alliance (MECA) which specialises in the rehabilitation of children in Gaza who have been traumatised by the occupation.

There are numerous ways you can support and get involved:

We want you to come out and cheer us on over the three days, bring flags and banners, make some noise. There are numerous places you can catch us: when we set off each day, have a break, stop for lunch, or at the end of the days ride (see below) or just come out on the route.

On the final day, you can get your bikes out and join us for a shorter ride into London, you can join TBR at: Verulamium Park, St Albans 25 miles – Stanmore Cricket Club, (lunch stop) 13 miles or The Crown Inn, Cricklewood, 5 miles, regroup at Speakers Corner before the rally at Old Palace Yard. The route will be signed posted by lead riders, just make sure you and your bike are both road worthy! There’s no need to register but you must make your own arrangements to get back home.

If you can’t get to the ride then maybe hold an event, raise a bit of money or make a donation yourself. Over the last 3 years we have raised over £100.000 and this year our target is an ambitious £23,000. Funds raised will be used for the work that MECA is doing in Gaza, please donate through Global Giving Giving For Palestine

Friday 3rd – Birmingham to Coventry

Friday 3rd – Coventry to Northampton 37 miles. 7.30/8.00 a small group will cycle form Swanhurst Park, Birmingham, B13 0TB  to the Start in Coventry

Friday 3rd – Coventry To Northampton

Millennium Place, Coventry, CV1 1JD Registration 10am – Rally and send off 11am – Set off 11.30. Stops: (1) 12.40/12.50 for 20 min Newbold Inn, Newbold, CV23 8UE. (2) Lunch, 2.00pm Barby Park in Barby, CV23 8UE. (3) 3.45/4.00 for 30 min Whilton Marina Café, Whilton NN11 2NH. Finish, All Saints Church, George Row, Northampton, NN1 1DF arrive for 5.00 pm.

Saturday 4th – Northampton To Luton

Saturday 4th – Northampton to Luton 49 miles. Start, All Saints Church (as above) Assemble 8.15 – Set off 9.00 Stops: (1) 10.00/10.15 for 30 min Salcy Forest Café, NN7 2HX. (2) Lunch, 12.00/12.15 for 45 min in front of Milton Keynes train station. (3) 2.15/2.30 for 30 min Morrisons car park, Leighton Buzzard. Finish, Opposite Cycle King, Bury Park, Luton arrive 4.30/5.00 pm.  For further details on the reception and events in Luton https://www.facebook.com/events/178033159486068/

Sunday 5th – Luton To London

Sunday 5th, Luton to London 36 miles. Start Lea Halls, 70 Bute Street, Luton, LU1 2WJ. Assemble 8.15 Set off 9.00. Stops: (1) 10.15/10.30 for 30 min Verulamium Park, St Michaels Street, St Albans AL3 4SW. (2) Lunch, 12.15/12.30 for 45 min Stanmore Cricket Club, HA7 4LB. We will come along the Edgeware Road (1.30 to 2.30) past the Crown Inn, and regroup at the open air café by Speakers Corner, Hyde Park 2.30/2.45 followed by a 20 min ride to Reception and Rally (3.30 till 4.30) Old Palace Yard, Westminster.

TBR – www.thebigride4palestine.com  MECA www.mecaforpeace.org

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