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Medway Big Ride

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The third annual Medway Big Ride took place on Sunday, 19 June 2016 as part of a bumper Medway Festival of Sport, celebrating all things Rio to mark the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Medway Big Ride encourages the people of Medway to get active and takes place annually at Medway Park sports centre in Gillingham.Medway Big Ride mass start 2016

This year’s event was sponsored by Care UK and the Will Adams NHS Treatment Centre and saw around 1,000 people enjoy an action packed day of family fun, with and without a bike.

The day began with intrepid riders setting off on 30, 50 and 80 mile RIDE IT Sportives organised by Evans Cycles.

Ashes winning cricketer Geraint Jones and television personality Jonnie Irwin then headed a Lord's Taverners charity ride raising Big Ride Sportive riders 2016money for a new minibus for Bradfields Academy. It's still not too late to donate to the Lord's Taverners Bradfields appeal.

Hundreds of riders then took to Medway Park and surrounding roads for the mass family ride and a series of children's races organised with Wigmore Cycling Club. There was even a kids and dad's race in honour of father's day.

Other attractions available included a new Adventure Zone with caving, BMX and skills displays, have-a-gos, plus Extreme and ParkSport multisport activities.Medway Big Ride 2016

Elsewhere in the Medway Park arena people could try a range of unusual bikes with Action wheels, get crafty, have their faces painted and burn off any left over energy on the large inflatables.

The next Medway Big Ride will take place in June 2017.