Cycle for Fun and Fitness

 

Cycling is good for your physical fitness and mental health and it is good for the environment. All true, but it is also fun.

Fun on a bike comes in a variety of ways and you certainly don’t have to wear Lycra! Whether it is on or off the road, bikes come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are used for touring, some for racing. Some to transport us to work or the shops and all of them reduce our carbon footprint. Electric bikes, are gaining in popularity especially amongst the older population. My club the San Fairy Ann CC has several riders well into their 80’s who are not ready to give up cycling and that little bit of help on hills has given them the opportunity to continue to enjoy the benefits of cycling for several  years to come. I ride with an 87yr old most weeks in a group called the Wednesday Wobblers, he said that he might think about an electric bike for his 90thbirthday!

So it doesn’t matter what your age is, cycling is for everyone. The Maidstone Leisure Trust can give clubs and organisations in the Maidstone area, who promote a sport or similar leisure activities, a small grant to help them build their club. Cycling is most certainly included, so we are here to help. Details of how to apply for bursaries can be found on our Trust website http://www.maidstoneleisure.org.

Cycling events for the elite and the beginner alike are available in our local area and these can be located on-line.  Some long distance events such as sportives are usually quite challenging. However, many charities run cycling events aimed at beginners as well as the more experienced. Distances can range between 30km and 100Km. They invariably include a route that is enjoyable and not too arduous. The primary aim is for the riders to raise funds for the charity but they are also fun to do.

Occasionally, cyclists think up their own event and set it up as a fund raising challenge. For example, three of our Trustees, who happen to also be Rotarians belonging to Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club, will take part in a 9 day, 370 mile charity bike ride from Maidstone to Land’s End. Not only that, two will ride a tandem pulling a trailer! Another two colleagues will accompany them each on their own bicycles. The cyclists’ average age is nearly 70 yrs. They intend to demonstrate, using a major challenge, that age is no barrier to keeping fit. Full details of the event and how to donate can be found in our event website:

https://riversiderotary.co.uk/heel-to-toe/

So if you are young or old, experienced or a beginner, The Maidstone Leisure Trust want to encourage more people to be active on a bike. You don’t have to ride all the way to Land’s End, just a short journey on a regular basis for up to about 5 miles, will help keep you fit and healthy.

So why not give it a try.

Clive Bradburn

The Maidstone Leisure Trust

 

Some Helpful Contacts

San Fairy Ann CC http://www.sanfairyanncc.co.uk
British Cycling Let’sRide https://www.letsride.co.uk
MCC Off Road http://www.mccoffroad.co.uk
KCC Cycle Training https://www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/road-safety/road-safety-training/cycle-training
Sustrans https://www.sustrans.org.uk
Cycling UK  ( ex- CTC) https://www.cyclinguk.org
Recumbent Cycling http://www.bhpc.org.uk
Tandems https://tandem-club.org.uk/groups/Kent
Tricycles https://tricycleassociation.org.uk/south-east/
Over 40’s http://www.fortypluscc.co.uk/
Off Road https://www.livebiking.co.uk/saturday-bike-club
Balance Bikes https://www.cyclemetots.com
Social Rides https://www.meetup.com/topics/cycling-club/gb/g5/maidstone/
Veterans https://v-cc.org.uk
Time Trials https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/district-clubs/16
Strategies https://maidstonecycling.uk
Charity rides https://www.active.com/tonbridge-kent/cycling/castle-ride-100-2020
https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk
https://www.pilgrimshospices.org/event/pilgrims-hospices-cycle-challenge-2020/
http://www.oasisdaservice.org/oasis-events/2020/4/26/km-big-bike-ride-2020

 

 

 

 

Junior parkrun’s 3rd birthday

It is three years since the Trust provided funding to set up the Junior Park Run at Parkwood, Maidstone. The organisers have done a grand job promoting the weekly run and the numbers of youngsters regularly turning out each Sunday morning is on the increase.

There is a good pool of volunteers including our Trust Chairman Clive Bradburn, who give up their time to support the runners and their parents and the club has also recently been successful in obtaining further Trust Bursaries to fund a defibrillator and annual birthday medals for all the runners.

To celebrate the club’s 3rd birthday the local Kent Messenger paper gave over two whole pages of photos of the recent event. The Trust is pleased to have helped the club and it is pleasing that the club has received this community recognition.

Christmas Activity Group session

We held a Christmas Circuits at todays Dementia group with family and carers taking part in our exercises and activities… followed by tea and cake! A lovely session to round off the year.

Our group runs on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month; 11am-12pm.

The Paul Alcock Suite

The Paul Alcock Suite now includes canvas and descriptions of recipients of Paul Alcock Bursaries.

For more information on these bursaries, please visit: http://www.maidstoneleisure.org/grants/

Forward Thinking Females with MMK MIND

The new Forward Thinking Females group will take place from Wednesday 2nd October.

For more information, please contact: mindhelp@mmkmind.org.uk

Forward Thinking Females 2nd October (003)

 

Invicta Grammar School POP Programme

We are delighted to be working with Invicta Grammar School to give their students the chance to access our services and facilities as part of their Personal Opportunities Programme (POP). POP is the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of enriching Co-Curricular experiences for all students. 

We hope to use these sessions to inspire these individuals to lead a happy and healthy life and contribute towards building skills and confidence for their futures.

Mote Park Outdoor Adventure and Summer Holidays officially launched

Marion Ring, The Mayor of Maidstone and The Leader of Maidstone Borough Council, Martin Cox cut a ribbon to mark the occasion then tried out some of our activities.

Joining the fun were a group of children aged 5 to 12 years old from Maidstone Leisure Centre’s summer activity holiday club.

Full article: https://news.maidstone.gov.uk/home/news/2019/july/official-launch-of-mote-park-outdoor-adventure?utm_source=maidstone-news.dailyprss.co.uk&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=maidstone-news.dailyprss.co.uk 

Maidstone Infant Games

Today we were at Greenfields Community Primary School delivering 20 minute tasters of our Jump into Gymnastics sessions to 220 local primary school children from 22 schools.

We also provided the 2 teams who listened well and tried the hardest with free family swim vouchers for Maidstone Leisure Centre.

 

The Paul Alcock Suite

We have transformed ‘Meeting Room 1’ at Maidstone Leisure Centre to ‘The Paul Alcock Suite’ in memory of our late chairman.

The transformation began with our trustees repainted the room before we put up pictures to show the impact of the funding which MLT has provided to the local community over the years.