Communities in Essex will soon be able to benefit from funding from RideLondon-Essex.
The London Marathon Charitable Trust
The partnership between RideLondon, organised by London Marathon Events, and Essex County Council means communities in Essex will soon be able to benefit from funding from The London Marathon Charitable Trust, working with Active Essex and other organisations.
The Trust’s mission is to Inspire Activity and closely aligns with Essex’s new Fit for the Future strategy, which creates a strong foundation for collaborating in making physical activity a part of everyday life for everyone in Essex.
Full details of the new fund and application process for grants will be announced in May before the RideLondon weekend.
RideLondon partnered with Surrey County Council for the first 7 editions of the event from 2013 to 2019. During that time more than £4.9 million was awarded to projects in Surrey that Inspire Activity.
Inspire people to get active
Jason Fergus, Director of Active Essex said:
I’m delighted Active Essex is playing an important role in bringing the prestigious RideLondon event to Essex.
We know that major mass participation sporting events like RideLondon inspire people to get active, which will help Active Essex to fulfil the aspirations of the new 10-year Fit for the Future Physical Activity and Sport Strategy for Essex and our major Find Your Active campaign.
Active Essex will lead on the activation of RideLondon to inspire everyone across Essex to cycle more and make physical activity a regular part of their daily lives.
Active Essex is also pioneering the Essex Pedal Power programme, with an ambition to level up cycling participation for more than 5,000 people in our most disadvantaged communities.
RideLondon is a legacy event from the London 2012 Olympic Games. It could not be held in either 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic, but returns in 2022 with a new format and new partnership with Essex County Council.
As well as the RideLondon-Essex 100, RideLondon-Essex 60 and RideLondon 30 there will be the RideLondon FreeCycle, a free, family-friendly event held on 8 miles of traffic-free roads in central London.
The RideLondon Classique is the final event in the new format. The 3-day UCI Women’s WorldTour stage race takes place from Friday 27 May to Sunday 29 May with the first 2 stages in Essex and the final stage in central London.
Further details on this will be announced next month.
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