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Big Ride picThey’re off! Cyclists in Medway have hit the road to Rio – host city for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

Over the next four months, everyone is being invited to take part in a community challenge to cycle the distance equal to the journey from Medway to Rio – about 7,500 miles.
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Between now and 17 May the Cycle the Road to Rio roadshow will be on tour to help Medway cyclists clock up miles on static bikes mounted on turbo trainers.

The initiative is part of the build up to Medway Sport’s new mass participation cycling event – The Big Ride – which takes place on Saturday, 17 May.

The roadshow was launched at Medway Park at the weekend during the Medway Big Splash. It will be visiting locations across Medway including sports centres, libraries, shopping centres, schools and businesses such as Questor Insurance, sponsors of the Medway Sporting Academy.

Cycle computers will calculate individual people’s mileage, as well as logging the cumulative total across Medway. So you can cycle one mile or a hundred! Everyone taking part will be invited to take part in the mass participation event at the Big Ride, where they will receive a free souvenir t-shirt and the chance to win one of the bikes.

The main Big Ride event at Medway Park in May will feature lots of free cycling activities including a family treasure trail ride organised by the Better Medway team, an interactive mountain bike skills track, karting, Go-Ride races and training, have-a-go arenas and exhibitions. Something for everyone regardless of their ability.

Additional events linked to the Big Ride event will be Sportive rides for more experienced cyclists and a mountain bike competition at Capstone Park country park, both organised by British Cycling.

You can register for the Medway Big Ride mass mile online at www.medway.gov.uk/bigride. You will also find more information online about the Big Ride event and when the Cycle the Road to Rio roadshow will be visiting your neighbourhood.

If your organisation or venue is interested in hosting the Cycle the Road to Rio roadshow, it’s not too late. Call 01634 338255 or email medwaysport@medway.gov.uk.

Cllr Howard Doe, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “Cycling is becoming even more popular following the success of British riders at the Olympics and the Tour de France.
“As part of our sporting legacy, mass participation events like the Road to Rio roadshow and the Big Ride will give Medway cyclists plenty of opportunities to join in with serious riding as well as fun activities.”

Cycle the Road to Rio Roadshow locations are below. Timings 10am-4pm.

DATE VENUE
18-26 January Medway Park Sports Centre, Mill Road, Gillingham
30 January – 1 February Tesco, Cuxton Road, Strood
5– 7 February Medway Council offices, Gun Wharf, Chatham
8-9 February Hundred of Hoo Sports Centre, Main Road, Hoo
10 – 12 February Questor Insurance, Station Road, Rainham
Fri 14 – Mon 17 Strood Sports Centre, Watling Street, Strood
Half term week 17– 21 February Public Health Write and Play activity sessions. Venues to be confirmed.
28 February – 2 March Kings Rochester Sports Centre, Maidstone Road, Rochester
5 March Mini Youth Games Table Tennis, The Howard School, Rainham
6 – 10 March Splashes Leisure Pool, Bloors Lane, Rainham
10- 12 March Mid Kent College Campus, Medway Road, Gillingham
13 – 16 March Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre, Gillingham
16 March Families On Your Marks Day at Medway Park
21 March Deangate Ridge Golf Complex, Dux Court Road, Hoo
27 March Mini Youth Games Netball, Rainham Netball Centre
4 –7 April Diggerland, Medway Valley Leisure Park, Strood
10 – 12 April Rainham Library, Birling Avenue
17 – 19 April Community Hub, High Street, Gillingham
24 – 26 April Community Hub, Dock Road, Chatham
1 – 3 May Community Hub, Eastgate, High Street, Rochester
17 May Medway Big Ride, Medway Park, Gillingham
24 May British Cycling Mountain Biking Competition, Capstone Park

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Welcome to another exciting installment in this season’s Peninsula Darts action. With the expanding of the league’s ‘premises’ and promotion of two very good teams into the first division, it is anyone’s guess how things will unfold. Well, so far, so topsy-turvy! Newly promoted Hoo have made a bold start by beating neighbours Five Bells (9-3), the Evening Star (10-2) and then the champions at The Labour Club in Twydall (8-4). The Labour Club’s A team are sitting close by in second place after another cracking start. Wins over The Labour Club B, The Palmerston Club and at The Hogarth in Grain. Also in joint second place in the table are ‘old’ league members The Sportsman A, who have also triumphed in Grain, beaten The Cecil Arms and put paid to the hard to beat White Horse. Again, another place affected by legs won and lost. Much fancied Walnut Tree, from Gillingham, have lost just one game so far, against fellow cross-river team, Palmerston Club, enough to keep them back in seventh place behind The White Horse in Upper Stoke. The lower reaches of the first division are more interesting. Read More

Image credit Simon Kelsey

Image credit Simon Kelsey

Work has begun on the construction of a new community football pavilion in Medway. The decision to build an extension to the existing community hall follows extensive consultation with the Rochester and District Saturday League and the Medway Messenger Sunday Football League, Twydall Community Association, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holderfor Community Services Howard Doe and local ward members.

It will replace the existing changing pavillion, which will be demolished once the new one is in place. It will provide an all inclusive facility at Beechings Way.
The hall will continue to be run by Twydall Community Association and the football changing facilities by Medway Council.

The funding for this scheme has been provided as part of a developer contribution for formal sport.

Pictured are Medway Council Porfolio Holder for Community Services Howard Doe, with representatives of the two local football leagues and Twydall Community Association.

Hundreds of runners have signed up for a new charity 10km race as part of the Medway Festival of Sport. The Medway 10km in aid of Cerebral Palsy Care Kent takes place on Sunday, 23 June in Gillingham. And it’s not too late to get your entry in. More

O’Connell’s FC from the Rochester and District Football League won the first ever Medway Masters Football tournament on Saturday 1 June.

In an evenly contested final the team from Medway seemed to have the stronger legs from getting through the group stages and overcame a tired Betteshanger Welfare Vets FC 2-0 with a goal coming in each half. Wateringbury Vets FC claimed 3rd place. More

Places are still available for entries in two football tournaments taking place next weekend (Saturday 1 June and Sunday, 2 June) as part of Medway’s Festival of Sport.

Saturday is the Medway Masters 6-a-side tournament. This is open to teams or groups of all aged 35 and above, with a maximum squad size of 10 players. Sunday is a 6-a-side open women’s tournament for over 16s.

The entry fee for squads of up to 10 players is £20 per team. Teams do not need to be affiliated, so can be made up of groups of friends or former players.Both tournaments take place at Anchorians FC, Darland Avenue, Gillingham between 9am and 5pm.

To enter, call the Medway Sport team on 01634 338763 or email medwaysport@medway.gov.uk.
Entry forms can also be downloaded at http://www.medway.gov.uk/festivalofsport

The tournaments are being run in partnership with Anchorians FC, the Rochester and District Football League and the Kent FA.They form part of the Medway Festival of Sport 2013 – a programme of 50 events in 70 days involving some 12,000 people.

Leading children’s charity Action for Children is calling on cyclists of all ages and abilities from across Kent to take part in a sponsored bike ride at the world-famous Brands Hatch Race Circuit on the evening of Friday 13 September 2013.

Those taking part will face the challenge of completing as many 1.2 mile laps of the circuits within two hours as possible – while enjoying exclusive access to the world-famous racetrack and raising much-needed funds for vulnerable children and young people. More

Hundreds of school children are preparing to emulate the likes of Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo in Medway’s version of the Champions League. Forty schools representing European teams from this season’s Champions League will do battle on Thursday, 23 May. More

A new pay-as-you-go fitness programme launches in Medway from Monday, 20 May, designed especially for beginners and those returning to exercise. More

An action packed three months of exciting sporting events gets underway in Medway this weekend (18 and 19 May). This year’s Medway Festival of Sport includes an incredible 50 events in 70 days, ranging from international competitions to schools’ tournaments and mass participation events for the whole community to get involved in. More

British Fencing has announced that that this year’s Cadet and Junior GB Championships will be held at Medway Park on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February. This is the first time that this event has been held at Medway’s centre for sporting excellence and everyone is welcome to come and watch the event. More

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For the first time, the British Transplant Games – one of the largest multi-sport events in the UK – is being held in Medway this summer.
Six hundred patients, including many from Kent and Medway, having had lifesaving transplants will compete in track and field events, such as running, the high jump and a mini-marathon.
The event, held between 23-26 August at Medway Park, Gillingham, highlights the importance of the Organ Donor Register. It is staged by Medway Council on behalf of Transplant Sport UK. More

A sports taster day for people with physical disabilities is being held in Medway next month (August). Wheelchair rugby, goalball, boccia, wheelchair basketball and powerchair football will all be available to sample between 10am and 4pm on Thursday, 23 August at Medway Park. More

The Olympic Torch will arrive in Medway next Friday, 20 July, as church bells ring, Fort Amherst’s canons are fired and a flotilla of yachts pass under Rochester Bridge.
Torchbearers will start the journey at Gillingham shortly before 8am on Friday, 20 July, before passing through Chatham, Rochester and Strood. More

Medway Council has reluctantly written to Gillingham Football Club to say it must leave its training ground for failing to pay for its use, or for gas, water or electricity bills. More

The Olympic flame will pass through the streets of Medway on Friday, 20 July – just one week before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Games.
Thousands of residents are expected line the streets to cheer on the 21 inspirational people, including four from Medway, who have been granted the honour of carrying the torch in the 8,000 strong chain linking towns, villages and cities across the country with the Olympic Stadium in Stratford. More

With the London 2012 Olympic Games fast approaching, Medway Council Trading Standards Team is advising residents and business to be careful they are not ripped off.

The Team is asking consumers to be very wary of any unsolicited emails or telephone calls offering London 2012 Olympic tickets and they can check whether a business is an Authorised Ticket Reseller on the 2012 website: More

Some of the UK’s toughest wheelchair sportsmen and women are bringing their talents to Medway. The wheelchair rugby Coloplast Super Series is being staged at Medway Park on Saturday, 17 and Sunday, 18 March. More

The search is on for a team of French-speaking volunteers to support Olympic athletes when they train in Medway ahead of the London 2012 Games. More

Medway’s school children are preparing to do battle in the Winter Festival of Sport. More

Please see below a new statement on tomorrow’s Gillingham FC v Stoke City football match.

Cllr Mike O’Brien, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact, said: “Following advice from Kent Police that they have specific intelligence that it could be unsafe for the match to go ahead without them being present within the ground, Medway Council issued a statement requiring the presence of the police at the match inside the stadium. More

A summer gym instructing course starts on Monday, 22 August for three weeks.

The intensive course takes place at Medway Park, Monday to Fridays from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day.

The course will cover anatomy and physiology of exercise, programming personal training, nutrition, health safety and welfare, planning activities and how to support clients.

The course costs £583 (concessions available). Places are still available.

To enrol phone 01634 338400 or for more details about other adult education courses visit http://www.medway.gov.uk/learning

Men, women and children whose lives have been touched by cancer are being invited to play a key role in Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life. More

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Welcome to the latest report on this seasons Peninsula Darts League. With just four rounds to go to the end of the season the table has a familiar but intriguing look about it. More

On 30 November 2007, 12 men met in The Roseneath public house Gillingham and whilst drinking only tea, the Medway Dragons RLFC was formed. The initial aim was to create two teams to join the London RL Junior League. More

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