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Saddle up for Medway's Big Bike Ride as Gillingham FC embark on a cycling challenge of their own

It’s time to get on your bike - Medway’s Big Ride takes place tomorrow (Saturday).

The latest mass fitness challenge thrown down to the people of the Towns follows on from the enduring success of the Medway Mile and the first Big Splash which took place in January this year.

Now it’s a challenge of the two-wheeled variety and everyone from beginners to experienced cyclists is invited to take part in the first Medway Big Ride.

Activities will be based at Medway Park and will include cycling training and lessons, pedal powered Scalextric, interactive bike skills track, KMX karts and free bike checks.

For very enthusiastic cyclists there is a 50-mile ride and a challenging 80-mile route for the more experienced. They will start at 8am at Medway Park and are open to riders aged 16 or over, unless accompanied by an adult.

A 15-mile family friendly trail is on offer which will leave from Medway Park at noon.

Everyone wishing to take part in any of these rides will need to register at www.medway.gov.uk/bigride

Gills' former skipper Adam Barrett could be on the move
Gills' former skipper Adam Barrett could be on the move

People on the family friendly trail may spot a player from Gillingham FC who are taking on the course as part of Ride with the Gills. the club’s biggest every fundraiser.

More than 200 people are expected to take part in aid of the Take Heart Mercy Mission, which helps child cardiology in Sri Lanka, of which club chairman Paul Scally is a trustee.

To join the Ride with the Gills family cycle, put the letters GFC in front of your name when registering online.

Alternatively, to get involved with the club event, register on the club’s website for £5 or turn up at Priestfield on the day from 10am to 11.30am. The ride will set off at 11.45am.

A free shuttle bus service will run between Deangate Ridge, Strood Sports Centre, Splashes at Rainham and Medway Park, picking up passengers and their bikes.

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