Cycle to the Somme

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A team of 64 riders - made up of Old Marlburians, parents and staff - have just cycled 250 miles from Marlborough College to the Somme, raising money for the Marlborough College Bursary Programme.

The team set off on Friday 13th October before a 70-mile cycle to Portsmouth. An overnight Ferry marked the start of day two - which came to a close with a dinner at Forge-les-Eaux.

On Sunday the group headed east towards Thiepval - crossing the Somme before entering the battlefields area. At Thiepval Memorial there was be a commitment of the Wreath. On arrival in Arras there was a Commemorative Dinner, to remember and celebrate the 749 Marlburians who died in WWI.

Click here to view an image gallery from what was a memorable weekend.

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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).

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Friday 13th October

9.05am Ceremony in Court to pray for a safe journey and to bless the symbolic Poppy that we will take to the Somme.

9.30am Cyclists depart Marlborough for 70 mile ride to Portsmouth.

5pm Arrival in 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 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.

8pm Commemorative Dinner.

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