Tour of Britain cycle race stage 7 route announced – from Camberley to Brighton

ToB Press LaunchPeter Hodges, PR Director, of Sweetspot the organisers of the Tour of Britain Cycle Race said that the most frequently asked question about the tour is, “what’s the route of the tour?”

At the press launch of the start Stage 7 of the Tour of Britain at Camberley Theatre last night, hosted by Surrey Heath Borough Council, Peter Hodges answered the question, saying,

  • Start of stage 7 in Park Street, Camberley
  • Park Road
  • Upper Park Road
  • Church Hill
  • Prior Road
  • Upper Chobham Road
  • The Maultway
  • B3015 Deepcut Bridge Road
  • B3012 Guildford Road
  • B3411 Sturt Road
  • B3411 Mytchett Road
  • and out of our borough and on to Brighton

The Tour of Britain Cycle Race is 8 days long, beginning on 7th September in Liverpool, and ending on the 14th September in London. The tour will have 19 teams, each with six riders. It’s Britain’s biggest cycle event, which last year had over 1 million spectators. It’s good news that Camberley is one of the select group of towns and cities hosting the tour, and on Saturday 13th September, Camberley will be a fun place to be. I guess the other place to see the tour whizz by is in Frimley Green.

Surrey at War 1914 – military pageant commemorating the start of WW1

Yesterday, Surrey ABF – the Soldiers Charity organised a Surrey at War 1914 military pageant, at the Royal Logistic Corps in Deepcut, to commemorate the start of the First World War. Visitors to the pageant were welcomed by an address by Dame Penelope Keith DBE DL.

The Band of the Royal Logistic Corps, and the Royal Artillery Band provided marching band displays to the enjoyment of the audience. The two main items of the pageant were World War 1 living history displays from the 10th Essex Regiment and Skinner’s Horse – 1st Bengal Cavalry. Accompanying the instructive, and humourous commentary, the 10th Essex Regiment, dressed in WW1 uniform, offered a visual remembrance of trench warfare. While Skinner’s Horse displayed mounted skills with lance and sword.

The Massed Bands played First World War Songs for visitors to sing along to.  Surprising just how many of them we all know, and can sing along to without a song sheet, including such as Goodbye, Dolly Gray, Pack up your troubles in your old kit back, It’s a long way to Tipperary, and Quartermaster’s Stores.

The pageant closed with a Drumhead Service that included the march on of the Royal British Legion Standards, recital of the poem ‘In Flanders Field’, and the symbolic ‘Handing on of the Baton’. It was good to see Colonel Alan Mulder of Surrey Army Cadet Force in civvies for once. Here’s my photo record of the event.

Bisley hosts the splendid 10th anniversary Hot Rod Hayride

The Hot Rod Hayride gets bigger and better by the year. What doesn’t change is the friendliness of the Hayriders. The Hot Rod Hayride runs from July 25th to 27th at the National Shooting Centre, Bisley

Blessed by lovely sunny weather on Saturday meant everyone was happy and relaxed, except those caught inside serving food and refreshments, who wanted to be outside lying on the grass. We visited the Hayride last year, at which I bought a Reyn Spooner Hawaiian shirt – you can see an image of it in the window glass in the photo I took of happy American pick-up occupants.

UPDATE: Have posted a short fun video of the event HERE

Owen Livesey wins gold in -81kg judo – another Camberley Judo Club athlete

Sam Lowe of the Camberley Judo Club says there are four club members competing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Of the four, three have won gold medals. Terrific news. The fourth, Szandra Szogedi, representing Ghana, but based at Camberley Judo Club, was defeated in Round 16 of the women’s -63kg judo.

This evening, England’s Owen Livesey beats compatriot Tom Reed by penalty to win -81kg judo gold. Congratulations Owen.

You can watch Owen’s contest HERE.