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Details of the 2014 bike ride

The 2014 Cycle Challenge was held in the New Forest on 7 June; a day that started out with torrential rain, but ended gloriously.

For the first time we split up to take on three activities, to give cyclists of all abilities a chance to compete a personal challenge. The seasoned cyclists stuck to the 100 km route. The less regular cyclists and family groups cycled 50 km, whilst the youngest cycled a 10 km, off road, route. And our absolutely youngest was just 5¾ years old!

A staunch supporter of Shining Life, Peglyn Pearson, set up a very welcome tea point for a mid afternoon break and her chocolate brownies fuelled the final stages! All in all we raised over £5,000, as well as having an enjoyable weekend in beautiful surroundings.

The picture shows the participants just before they set off.

Participants in the 2014 cycle challenge about to set off

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Join us for a Charity Cycle Challenge in the New Forest

Weekend of 7th and 8th June 2014

Cycle around the forest for Shining Life Children’s Trust and have a great day out too!

New Forest information board

New Forest information board.

This will be our 5th cycle challenge, and we’d love you to join us.

We’re planning two routes this year. We’ll be organising the usual 100 kilometres, taking in a good coverage of the forest, so you will feel as though you know it by the end of the day. If 100 km sounds a bit daunting, there will be a shorter routed of between 50 and 60 km.

We estimate that the route will take 8–10 hours and intend to start at 9.30 am. We intend that both routes will be the same for the first 20–30 km. If you do not feel like cycling the full 100 km, there are various short-cuts you can take. See the full map for more details. Full details of routes will be circulated nearer the time.

Please click these links to download this page as a document, a registration form and a sponsorship form.

What will you be raising money for?

Shining Life Children’s Trust is just about to start a new project in Nuwara Eliya, in the mountainous area of central Sri Lanka. We will be working with a new partner, the Eksath Lanka Welfare Foundation, to improve the lives of children and their families on the tea estates. Find out more on the project page

Where are we staying?

Shorefield chalet

Chalet, Shorefield Country Park.

Our base for the weekend will be chalet accommodation at Shorefield Country Park, ( near Milford on Sea. The accommodation can only be booked for a three night stay, so you are welcome to stay on until the Monday if you wish. (If you suffer allergic reactions to animals, please note the chalets do take pets.)

We will provide breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday, a cyclists’ packed lunch and an evening meal on the Saturday.


We ask that you make the following minimum donation to cover the cost of food and accommodation:


In order for us to ensure we raise money for the Trust, we ask you to commit to raising a minimum of £75.00, although we hope that this challenge will capture the imagination of your potential sponsors so that you can easily raise more!

New Forest landscape

To set up online sponsorship forms, please go to BT MyDonate or the Charities Trust – Shining Life is registered with both of these organisations and event pages will be set up. You can use the one you prefer.

For BT MyDonate, click on the link above, click on the 'Start Fundraising' button, then ‘Join an organised event’ and search for Shining Life. For the Charities Trust, click on the link and follow the instructions. For both websites, you will need to set up an account if you do not already have one with them.

If you have a Facebook or Twitter account, please publish your planned activity to help us spread the word as widely as possible.


You can either use your own bike or we can arrange to hire one for you. We estimate that the cost of cycle hire will be approximately £18.


If you would like to participate in this adventurous challenge then please return the attached form to by the 30 April 2014 in order to secure your place for the weekend.

Please transfer your donation towards the accommodation and food to the following account:
Shining Life Children’s Trust
CAFcash Account
Sort code: 40-52-40
Account no.: 00016399

When you have completed the money transfer please send an email to

Or you can send a cheque made payable to ‘Shining Life Children’s Trust’ to us at 1 Chestnut Lane, Amersham, Bucks HP6 6EN with a covering note.

New Forest pony

We want to make this cycling event accessible to as many Friends of the Trust and others as possible. Please use this as a fun weekend away – a time to meet new people who share your interest in cycling or for a reunion of a group of friends you have not seen for a while. You can enjoy great company, stunning countryside, and a wonderful sense of achievement. And there is also the satisfaction of raising money for a good cause!

We look forward to you joining us for this challenge.

Juliet and all the Trustees of Shining Life Children’s Trust

Kit List

The following list is obviously not exhaustive but will hopefully remind you of some essentials:

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