This year will see the 4th Annual Charity Cycle ride in Memory of Maggie Harvey – with riders raising money for The Maggie Harvey Trust which supports brain tumour research.

Meet at 12:30 for 1:00pm Start From the George Pub, Barford St Michael

This is a circular route with a stop off at the half way point at Boycott Farm Shop near Stow School for refreshments. The ride will finish back at the George Pub. Martin the pub landlord has given permission for cyclists to park their vehicles in the pub car park.

  • BBQ to start from 7:00pm at the George pub
  • £20 Entrance fee including BBQ
  • The proceeds will be donated to Maggie’s website:
  • Set up to contribute to funding into brain tumour research.

There will be a meeting at the George Pub in Barford St Michael on Tuesday 2nd June at 8:00pm – This is to discuss the details of the bike ride, and distribute maps, instructions etc. For those who did the ride last year the route will be exactly the same.

This is not a race – he riders who have taken part in the previous years vary widely in ability. Anyone who wants to cover the course in a fast speed can do so. The record time to complete the ride is  2hrs15 minutes, but the completion times can vary to over 5 hours.

No one will be left behind – the slower cyclists will be accompanied.

There will be support vehicles carrying first aid, top up water, and styrup pumps to assist in case of punctures, and they will be able to collect anyone one who struggles and feels they can’t continue.

We can collect entrance money on the day of the ride but it will assist with planning if you can bring this to the meeting on the 2nd June if you haven’t paid beforehand.

We plan to start practice rides from Barford weather permitting Sunday Mornings during mid to late March, and Wednesday Evenings when the clocks change to summer time. These will leave from the Barford village hall.                    (Details of times to be confirmed)

The BBQ will  include a vegetarian option. We are hoping this will also be an enjoyable social occasion, and anyone who can’t make the bike ride is very welcome to join us for the evening and pay for food at the BBQ.   We will welcome your support!  Hope to see you!!!! 

George Williams/ Tony Shrimpton
George:     Mobile 07801 956642 / Email

Maggie’s 50 2014 3rd Year

(Reprinted from The Banbury Guardian)

A third annual charity ride in memory of a beloved villager Maggie Harvey took place in Barford St Michael on Saturday 14th June.

58 keen cyclists took part in Maggie’s 50 this year, which is a 50 mile cycle circular ride in support of the Maggie Harvey trust which raises funds to support brain tumour research.

In June 2010 Maggie was diagnosed with Glioblastoma the most aggressive form of brain tumour. When she knew her condition was terminal she set up the ‘Maggie Harvey Trust’. Maggie passed away in November 2011, but to date her trust has raised over £100,000.

Maggie was a person who was full of life who was friends with everyone. She was very fit and a keen cyclist. She cycled with the Barford St Michael group and took part in all the rides and challenges. She also involved herself and supported most of the village activities.

The event this year was attended by Maggie’s son Anthony, her daughter Ruth, and grand daughter Lola. Anthony and Ruth said how touched they were, and thanked the participants for their support.

The ride was exactly the same as previous years. The route started at Barford St Michael and took in Middle Barton, Somerton, Souldern, Tusmore, and Finmere on the way out to Boycott Farm Shop which is on the outskirts of Stowe School estate near Buckingham.

The return was via Shalston, Mixbury, Evenley, Charlton, Kings Sutton and Tywford before arriving back at Barford St Michael.

Apart from one very unfortunate lady who fell off when her bike ran into a pot hole near the half way point all the cyclists who comprised of a wide range of ability completed the course safely in times ranging from 2 hours 16 minutes to 6 1/2 hours.

The last rider doggedly refused to give up and be transported back, but carried on to complete the ride which was a testament to her courage and determination which was typified by all the riders .

So far we have raised over £1,200 and are anticipating that when all the sponsorship and donation pledges have been collected this will rise to £1500.

There was fantastic support from the residents of Barford St Michael and Little Tew, The spinners from Banatyne’s sports club, the masons of Rathcreeden Lodge

Banbury, Boycott Farm Shop, and the George Public House in Barford St Michael who all assisted not just with donations but with support during the ride, and the BBQ afterwards.

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