Event: Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride 2020

Queen Eleanor cyclists in their jerseys

The Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride is an unique 200 mile ride along the historic route of the Queen Eleanor Crosses, from Lincoln to London.

The ride is run by our sister charity The Friends of the Connection, who fundraise for The Connection at St Martin’s.

The QECR Committee has decided reluctantly that we cannot safely hold the Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride 2020 in the normal way, while social distancing restrictions are in place. However, since the need to support the Connection’s work with homeless and vulnerable people is still as vital as ever, we are challenging cyclists to ride the QECR 2020 in their home areas.

Over the usual August Bank Holiday weekend, 28-31 August, we ask you, as a participant, to commit to cycling a total of 200 miles (the length of the QECR route) in a series of daily routes of your choosing, returning home each night. If you are able to get a small group together, within the guidelines then in place, all the better. You can choose your routes for scenic reasons, to follow a historical theme – anything that takes your fancy. We will provide a fundraising pack, sponsor form and a QECR Virgin Money Giving fundraising page that you can link to. And so as to retain some of the camaraderie that is so important to the QECR, we will organise a Zoom gathering every evening where you can share your experiences with everyone who wishes to take part across the country.

If you would rather take on a shorter distance, that is also your choice – as long as you tell your sponsors!

At the same time, so that we don’t lose our vital connection with the Queen Eleanor crosses, there will also be a relay along the route itself, with perhaps two experienced QECR riders completing each daily section, passing a Cross from one team to the next. In line with tradition, the Cross will be carved from a tree that stands on the site where Eleanor died in 1290 in Harby.

So do join us on this year’s socially distanced Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride, and help raise vital funds to support the Connection’s ongoing work with those who continue to sleep rough or are in vulnerable housing in the centre of London, and who face heightened risk from the Coronavirus pandemic.

If you would like more information, or would like to sign up, please visit the Friends’ Website If you have queries or would like to express interest, please feel free to ring Charles Woodd, QECR Chair, on 07962 213494, or email queeneleanorcycle@gmail.com.