Road Trip and Cycle to the Somme

A team of 65 riders - made up of Old Marlburians, parents and staff - will cycle over 250 miles from Marlborough College to the Somme, raising money for the Marlborough College Bursary Programme.

The team which will set off on Friday 13th October before a 70-mile cycle to Portsmouth. An overnight Ferry will mark the start of day two - which will end at Forge-les-Eaux. On Sunday the group will head east towards Thiepval - crossing the Somme before entering the battlefields area. At Thiepval Memorial there will be a commitment of the Wreath. On arrival in Arras there will be a Commemorative Dinner, to remember and celebrate the 749 Marlburians who died in WWI.

About The Marlborough College Bursary Appeal

When Marlborough founded by the clergy in 1843 it was to educate a significantly wider group of pupils for the good of everyone and to be a place with a social purpose. This founding principal remains as powerful a belief today as it did then and since 2015 we have been working to expand our bursary provision to realign ourselves with the position of our founders.We set our ourselves a target of 20 full bursaries by 2025 and are on track to meet this. We currently have 76 pupils receiving a Bursary of over 50% (107 on some form of bursary), and eight of whom are on full Bursaries. We are delighted to say there will be ten Full Bursaries from 2018. The College, recognising that it cannot solely rely on gifts from our community, has increased its financial commitment from 6% to 9% of fee remission (£2.2m).

If you would like to donate to the effort then please click here to visit the JustGiving page.

Provisional Schedule

Friday 13th October

9am Service in Chapel to pray for a safe journey and to bless the symbolic Poppy that we will take to the Somme.

10am Cyclists depart Marlborough for 70 mile ride to Portsmouth.

1.30pm Lunch at an OM's house en route.

5pm Arrival at The Marriott Hotel (Portsmouth) for rest and recovery before a bus later in the evening to the ferry terminal.

Overnight Ferry to Le Havre.

Saturday 14th October

8.30am Arrival in Le Havre.

Back in the saddle before 80 mile relatively flat cycle ride on back roads through northern France and arrive in Forges-les-Eaux.

5pm Arrive at Hotel (Forges-les-Eaux).

Sunday 15th October

9am Set off East towards Thiepval. 80 miles in total, crossing the Somme before entering the battlefields area.

4pm Arrive at Thiepval Memorial and commitment of the Wreath. Transport back to Arras for dinner.

7pm Commemorative Dinner (included for riders, additional guest places can be arranged, casual dress code).