Save the date
Friday 27th April
View the ELY Angel Wing jewellery on the day
The ELY 100 Challenge Bike Ride is back for 2018 and this year it's going to be our biggest and best yet.
The event will be held on Sunday 1st July so not long to wait!
This year we're running 4 different routes up to 100 miles PLUS a family route.
The routes will all be waymarked so no-one will get lost, with back up vehicles just in case anyone needs any assistance. All levels of cyclists are welcome.
This year we're running a 25mile, 50mile, 70mile and 100mile route, plus a 10mile family route.
25 Mile Route
The 25 mile Challenge heads North out of Hereford, a reasonably flat route for the first 10 miles to Bodenham village and the first water station before starting the climb towards Pencombe. A fairly long steady climb but the views from the top towards Hay Bluff are your reward before starting your descent back down past Lower Hope Farm and the A417 . The route back to Hereford passes by Tyrells Vodka, (a little early to take an aperitif, maybe later) Withington , Sutton St. Nicholas and back to Hereford via Munstone. The route back to Hereford is again reasonably flat with a few short climbs and descents.
The 25mile (27 miles) route taken at a steady pace is easily manageable for cyclists of limited abilities, if you have to walk part way up the hill towards Pencombe, no worries as the rest of the ride will be ok.
50 Mile Route
The 50 mile Challenge after replenishing water bottles and taking a snack on board the route travels West out of Hereford on a reasonably quiet country road via Burghill and Tillington and on to the A4110. The village of Canon Pyon is reached after a few miles where a left turn onto a quiet country lane takes you through King’s Pyon and onto the scenic Black & White village of Weobley where another water and feed station is situated. From Weobley the route heads along a quiet undulating Broad towards the A480 which is one of the quietest main roads in Herefordshire. Again it is undulating and travels past the villages of Mansel Lacy and Credenhill with views across to Hay Bluff and The Brecons on the right before heading back to Hereford.
The 50 mile route will obviously be a bit more challenging but again taken at a steady pace is well achievable by any cyclist with a reasonable fitness level.
70 Mile Route
The 70 mile Challenge leaves Weobley and heads along the undulating A4112 towards Leominster for several miles before turning left onto the A44 and heading off towards the black and white village of Pembridge. A left turn in Pembridge onto a quiet country lane takes you towards the hamlet of Broxwood but before reaching Broxwood the route heads off North towards the A44. At the junction with the A44 a right followed quickly by a left turn takes you back onto a quiet lane followed by a left turn after a half mile onto Rhyse Lane which leads you back onto the A44 at “Windy Corner”. Crossing the A44 takes you onto the Black and White village of Lyonshall and the A480. After a steady climb out of the village and a nice descent a left turn leads you to the hamlet of Broxwood and a quiet lane back to the A4112 and Weobley where water and snacks will be available before heading on towards Hereford.
100 mile route
The 100 mile Challenge turns off the A44 a few miles before Pembridge and takes you through the pretty Black and White village of Eardisland onto the A4110 then along a quiet road into the Black and White village of Kingsland. From here the route takes you along quiet lanes onto the B4361 and on to the village of Luston where a left turn exiting the village takes you onto another quiet lane to Lucton. At Lucton a left turn onto the B4362 and another left onto the A4110 will take you to another water and feed station at Luctonians Rugby Club. From here a right turn onto a quiet lane leads to the village of Shobdon and the B4362 which takes you on to Presteigne and our only venture into Wales albeit for a very short time. A quiet Broad followed by quiet country lanes takes us onto the Black and White village of Pembridge where we join the 70 mile Challenge route.
The 70 mile and 100 mile Challenges are obviously aimed at the more experienced cyclists with a greater fitness level but for those of you who wish to take on a 100 mile distance for the first time this route has been developed for you as the amount of elevation has deliberately been kept to a minimum without spoiling a scenic ride through some beautiful North Herefordshire countryside.
10 mile family Route
The 10 mile family route will mainly use cycle paths around the city including the Sustrans supported Greenway route over the new bridge at Waterworks Lane. It will be an escorted ride by experienced cyclists to ensure the ride is safe and enjoyed by all.
How much does it cost?
The price varies per route. Entry prices are as follows:
- 25 mile - £15
- 50 mile - £20
- 70 mile - £25
- 100 mile - £30
- Family Ride - Adults £5, U16’s Free
- HQ facilities and parking (at Hereford City Sports Club, Grandstand Road)
- Mechancial support
- Pick up wagons
- Full route marking
- Medical support
- Water stops
- 70m & 100m water & snacks
- Goody bag
- BBQ and refreshments for sale at the finish
- Photography by Paul Ligus.
Do you want to take part?
We would be extremely grateful if you were to consider fundraising for your chosen cycle ride. However, it is optional and entirely up to every individual. Thank you for your support!
Would you like to fundraise for ELY?
Why not take part in a 10k run through the heart of our capital city. The Virgin Sport 10k run takes place on 15th July 2018 and we would love it if you could run for The ELY Memorial Fund. Your entry fee will be paid and you will receive a goodie bag at the end of your run.
Minimum sponsors £100.
Own travel to be arranged
Want to take part? Download the sponsor form here.
Our 8th Annual Charity Golf Day will be held at Burghill Valley Golf Club on Saturday 21st July.
Every year this is a brilliant day for all involved and we're pleased to announce that this we have some superb hole-in-one prizes again including a Suzuki Celerio.
We would like to ask for sponsors, £50 for the golf hole of your choice on which we will advertise your business.
Raffle donations would be gladly received for the event too!
Join us for the ELY Memorial Fund Halloween Party at the Hereford Railway Club on the 27th October 2018.
In the early hours of Sunday 11th May 1980, former Police Inspector Martin Firman became a Hostage, held at gun point by a man with a history of firearm offences.
On the 22 March , Martin will take you through his dramatic story and share with you what he truly believes made a difference on that fateful night.
The evening also includes a quiz, raffle and the following two course dinner;
- Succulent chicken breast in a white wine & tarragon sauce with parmentier potatoes & greens
- Warm chocolate brownies & rich vanilla ice cream
Tickets are £20 and 100% of the profit goes to The ELY Memorial Fund
The 2018 AGM will be held on Tuesday 6th March from 7.30p.m. – 9p.m. at Whitehouse Community Centre.
We are looking for new trustees/volunteers who would like to join ELY.
If you would like to become a trustee please join us on the evening or contact us
ELY have worked with TROPIC representative Alison Holmes to organise a TROPIC skincare and make up pamper party on Friday 17th November at the Hereford Rowing Club.
TROPIC is a new, award-winning range of 100% chemical free skincare and make up!
On the night you will be able to try the products and learn what will benefit your skin.
It will be a fun night for all!
The time is nearly here when Kyle Dovey, Darren Morgan, Carl Rose, Dean Jones, Dan Barnett, Richard Dowds from the ELY Race Club will travel to John O'Groats to start their epic challenge of cycling to Lands End in 5 days starting from Sunday 13th August. They will travel down and coming through Hereford on Day 4arriving around 1300 hrs, where they will have lunch before they start again to cycle a further 98 miles to reach Bridgewater. There is still plenty of time to support them through their justgiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jogle17.
Below you will see their route they will be taking!! Daily updates will be uploaded to their facebook @elyraceclub2016 and /ELYMemorialFund- please help them reach their target of £8,000!! Thank you Ange x
What a weekend this was!! Steve Jay organised a wonderful weekend for the cyclists who took part in the 100 mile route from Hereford to Brecon with an overnight stay at Bishop Meadows Caravan Park. Every detail was in place and thankfully no one got lost or injured over the weekend. They all set off from Balfour Beatty on Saturday morning and then arriving at the camp site to a hearty BBQ kindly sponsored by @Fluidmaster of Hereford. They have entertainment in the club house during the evening with a few drinks along the way! No bad heads on Sunday morning when we gathered altogether to have breakfast in the refurbished café. On the arrival home into the City Sports Club, we fed the cyclists with curry & rice cooked by Steve Jay's niece, it was lovely! Finally individual trophies and medals given out to everyone who took part. We are still waiting for sponsors to come through but at present it is over £1,500 already received. Details of final amount will be announced shortly. thank you again to all who took part and all the back up crew from Balfour Beatty. Ange & Steve x
We would like to thank all our supporters and golfers for making the ELY Charity Golf day, a day to remember! We raised £3,230.00 for ELY! We had many businesses supporting us on the day either by donating prizes or sponsorship of golf holes. @StirlingofHereford offered 4 x "Hole in One" prizes one being a Swift Suzuki SZ3, unfortunately no-one won, but Stuart Phillips hit the Pin!! May be next year we will have a lucky winner. Thanks to @Burghill Valley Golf Club for allowing ELY to host our event as well as Andy & James from the Pro Shop who helped with score cards and looked after our Thorne Widgery Golf Ladies who entered for the first time taking part in a golf competition. They did extremely well - hopefully this has given you the golf bug for next years event. Special thanks to Mal Tyler who sought raffle prizes, golf hole sponsors and teams for the event, without your help it would be a different day altogether. Finally to the ELY girls who worked hard all day to make sure all our golfers new exactly what they were doing, selling raffle tickets etc, you did an amazing job! Hopefully next year I may be able to play in the event, watch this space- thank you all again truly a day to remember ! Ange & Steve x
Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Glam Ball.
Here's everything you need to know...
To reserve your tickets get in touch with Angela at email@example.com. Tickets cost 47.50. A £20 deposit will be required at the time of booking (non-refundable) with the final payment required by the 30th October 2017.
Tables are being reserved, there is only a limited amount of tables left! Please reserve your table by email to Ange at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aitch & Aitch Bee Event - Lunch with a Lion
16th June 2017 - supporting the ELY Memorial Fund and St. Michaels Hospice. Honoured to be supported by Helen, thank you. Ticket information can be viewed on the poster.Read More
The Golf Day will be held on Saturday 22nd July 2017.
The event is for any four ball teams, ie. can comprise of all men or all women or mixed, the cost is £120 per team. This will include the golf, food and prizes at the end of the competition. The first tee time is early from 9.30am. We are hoping we can achieve over 30 teams this year.
If you would like to join in the day, please download the form below and re-submit by email to email@example.com or send by post to The ELY Memorial Golf Day, 39 Grandison Rise, Tupsley, Hereford. HR1 1PP. Alternatively for more information please contact Angela on 01432 359152.
We are also seeking sponsorship for each of the 18 holes, along with raffle prizes. If you are able to help, please contact Angela on the above telephone number. Thank you.
Keep checking our website for more news about our charity golf day or follow us on Twitter.
You can now help us raise money by choosing The ELY Memorial Fund as your Co-op local cause. If you're a co-op member, every time you shop at Co-op, 1% of what you spend on own brand products and services will go to help us.
ELY is still part of the Co-op Community fund - we are now in the main supermarket off Grandstand Road. If your not a member of Co-op it's still not too late to go along to the store, pay £1 for your card and start saving on your purchases as well as choosing to share your 1% donation to the ELY Memorial Fund! Thank you Ange
ELY has lots planned for 2017 involving ELY Race Club. Please visit their facebook page /ELYRaceClub
It is the year of our Bi-Annual Charity Ball to be HELD ON SATURDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2017 at Three Counties Hotel. Details will be announced Feb/March. If you would like to reserve a table of 10, please contact Ange via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1st March - Kidwells Quiz Night in aid of ELY
Hereford River Carnival 29th April - ELY will have a float on the River and a stall on the Bishops Meadow section, please come along and say hello! Static bike training for ELY Race Club challenge!!
Carping4ELY - 12-14th May at Celtic Lakes (not many places left)
ELY 100 - Hfd to Brecon (Bishops Meadow Caravan & Camping Park) Family Cycle over two days - 24th & 25th June
ELY Golf Day Saturday 22nd July
Charity Jail Break - 30th July
Dying2Drive Sept/October - Road Talks in partnership with HWFRS, Police, Safer Road Partnerships, Ambulance Services
ELY CHARITY BALL - 11th November at Three Counties Hotel
On Friday 9th December, 2016, I was invited to the School because some of the Year 11 students had organised a tombola cake sale for ELY. The short time I was there everyone made me feel welcome who came along to the cake table. At lunch time the Year 10 performed for the school and my word they were excellent! It was lovely to see the Year 11's again after meeting them at the Dying2Drive Initiative and more importantly on a happier note. The girls, Becca McColl, Bec Johns, Alannah Cartwright and Hollie Gethin were tremendous it was a joy to be with them. Thanks to their efforts they raised £30, Well Done! Hope to see you in 2017. Ange x