Yearly Archives: 2019

Metro at ICC Trophy Tour!

ICC Cricket Trophy World Tour at North London Cricket Club

Metro Cricket Teams Demo Blind Cricket on the ICC Cricket Trophy World Tour!

The Trophy has been touring for 100 days around the world and now it is in the UK.

On Tuesday 21  May at the North London Cricket club at a closed event, The Metro cricket teams will be demonstrating Blind Cricket to youtuber Theo Baker and ICC representatives and the players will no doubt getting some well-deserved photos with the oh so shiny Trophy in the process!

Twitter : @cricketworldcup   @theobaker_ ‏  #CWCTrophyTour

Find out where the tour is going to next via their Website: https://www.cricketworldcup.com/trophy-tour 

ICC Cricket Trophy World Tour! Trophy at Stonehenge
ICC Cricket Trophy World Tour! Trophy at Stonehenge

 

 

Metro at ICC Trophy Tour!

ICC Cricket Trophy World Tour at North London Cricket Club

Metro Cricket Teams Demo Blind Cricket on the ICC Cricket Trophy World Tour!

The Trophy has been touring for 100 days around the world and now it is in the UK.

On Tuesday 21  May at the North London Cricket club at a closed event, The Metro cricket teams will be demonstrating Blind Cricket to youtuber Theo Baker and ICC representatives and the players will no doubt getting some well-deserved photos with the oh so shiny Trophy in the process!

Twitter : @cricketworldcup   @theobaker_ ‏  #CWCTrophyTour

Find out where the tour is going to next via their Website: https://www.cricketworldcup.com/trophy-tour 

ICC Cricket Trophy World Tour! Trophy at Stonehenge
ICC Cricket Trophy World Tour! Trophy at Stonehenge

 

 

VICTA £50 for Travel: Athletic Open

VICTA offers £50 travel Expenses to Athletics Open

VICTA is excited to be able to offer you the chance to get active and attend some exciting sporting events with our subsidised travel offer!

We will be covering two events this summer, the Metro Blind Sport Athletics Open (Saturday 22nd June) and the Superhero Tri (Saturday 17th August).

The VICTA offer

VICTA will cover travel expenses up to £50 for those wishing to attend the Metro Blind Sport Athletics Open or the Superhero Tri.

To benefit from this offer, you must:

  • Have previously participated on a VICTA activity or received a grant through us
  • Live outside London (for the Metro Athletics Open only)
  • Be 29 years old or under at the time of the event.

If you are interested, please contact the VICTA Activities Team on activities@victa.org.uk.

Payment of travel expenses is subject to proof of attendance at the relevant event (a simple photo of you enjoying the event) and travel receipts/mileage claim. Funds are limited so please get your applications in early. Contact activities@victa.org.uk or call 01908 240 831 for more information.

Please note, if you would like to attend these events you need to apply for your place through the event hosts. Our offer supports funds towards your travel only, to make it easy for you to attend and open up opportunities.

Metro Blind Sport Athletics Open

Metro Blind Sport     Metro Blind Sport Logo

Date: Sat 22 June 2019
Venue: Mile End Stadium, London, E14 7TW
Apply Here:  metroblindsport.org

The Metro Blind Sport Athletics Open welcomes athletes of all ages and experience throughout the UK to join them in their annual competition. The morning offers ‘Come and Try Coaching Sessions’ which provides an opportunity to try out running, jumping and throwing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, supported by qualified coaches. The competition then starts from 12pm.

For further information about the Metro Blind Sport Athletics Open visit: metroblindsport.org/sports/athletics/athletics-open/

Also do not forget about the SuperHero TRi in August 2019!   more info below…

 

Superhero Tri

Date: 17 August 2019,
Venue: Dorney Lake, Windsor
Website: superheroseries.co.uk

The Superhero Tri is the UK’s ‘one and only disability sports series for the Everyday Superhero’. They offer a fun, mass-participation triathlon where you don’t have to worry about cut-off times or equipment restrictions. You also have the option to run on your own or as a team.

For further information about the Superhero Tri visit:
superheroseries.co.uk

 

 

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MSSC Upcoming cycling events

Tandem cycling with merton sports and social club

Merton Sport and Social Club Upcoming Cycling Events

We have enjoyed some great rides so far this year in varying types of weather!  Now that spring is in the air and the hours of daylight are extending, we are looking ahead and hoping to plan some all day rides plus some gentle evening excursions and even a weekend cycling trip, to make the most of the lighter, longer days.

WEEKEND RIDE IN JULY

How do you fancy a weekend of tandem cycling, largely through beautiful English countryside, leaving the Guardian Centre early on Saturday 6th July, stopping overnight at an AirBnB, then cycling back to Colliers Wood on Sunday 7th?  The precise route and destination will depend on numbers and where we can find suitable accommodation for us and the bikes, so it is vital we gauge interest as quickly as possible.  Please let us know ASAP if this appeals to you.

Email: cycling@mssc.org.uk

WEEKDAY EVENING RIDES

As soon as we are into May, We are looking to run a weekly evening ride, probably on Wednesdays, starting around 6.30 from the Guardian Centre and returning between 9.00 and 9.30pm.  However, we can only run these rides if we have enough willing pilots and ride leaders, who know of well-located pubs and the best route there and back!

Please get in touch if you would like to cycle on any Wednesday evening in May, June or July, especially if you can lead a ride.

Email: cycling@mssc.org.uk

 

NATIONAL BIKE WEEK

Bike Week is an annual event initiated by Cycling UK.  It is a great opportunity to celebrate the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling.  This year, Bike Week is between 8th and 16th June.  If you have any ideas as to how MSSC can celebrate this special event, please get in touch.

Email: cycling@mssc.org.uk

 

PROGRAMME OF RIDES

Below are ride dates for the next few months of 2019  (S stands for short, L for long and E for evening). The all day rides will be at least 50 miles in length, with several refreshment stops, and will return early evening.

 

May:

Sunday 5th (all day ride)

Wednesday 8th (E)

Wednesday 15th (E)

Saturday 18th (S)

Wednesday 22nd (E)

Wednesday 29th (E)

June:

Sunday 2nd (all day ride)

Wednesday 5th (E)

Wednesday 12th (E)

Saturday 15th (S)

Wednesday19th (E)

Wednesday 26th (E)

July:

Wednesday 3rd (E)

Saturday 6th/Sunday 7th (weekend ride)

Wednesday10th (E)

Wednesday 17th (E)

Saturday 20th (S)

Wednesday24th (E)

Wednesday 31st (E)

August:

Sunday 4th (L)

Saturday 17th (S)

September:

Sunday 1st (L)

Saturday 21st (S)

October:

Sunday 6th (L)

Saturday 19th (S)

if you are willing to lead a ride or recommend a particular destination, please let us know, as we are keen to broaden our base of ride leaders and expand our repertoire of routes.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Richard and Terry James

MSSC Tandem Section

Email: cycling@mssc.org.uk

 

BIKE MAINTENANCE

We endeavour to keep our bikes well maintained and in good condition, in order to have enough suitable tandems available for each ride.  Inevitably, however, some of our bikes incur mechanical difficulties every so often, which we aim to rectify in time for the next ride.  This can be demanding in terms of time, energy and money, so we would be hugely grateful for any help from anyone with bike maintenance know-how and a bit of time to spare.  Happily, a couple of our regular pilots have kindly offered to put some Tuesday afternoons by to inspect and clean the bikes and carry out minor repairs.  Please let us know if you are free to join them to help keep our cherished tandems in good order.  If you have no maintenance skills, but are happy to help clean the bikes, you would be very welcome.

 

PEDAL POWER WORKSHOPS

Are you keen to improve your cycling technique?  Are you a back rider who would like to learn more about gear changing and  how a bike actually works?  Would you like to see what it’s like

on the front of a tandem?  If there is sufficient interest, we would be happy to schedule   some “pedal power” workshops, either on a Saturday morning or on a Tuesday evening before the drop-in social.

Let us know if this is of interest.

 

MONTHLY SHORT AND LONG RIDES

Essentially, all you need to remember is that, as a general rule, the long ride is around 30 to 40 miles and is on the first Sunday, while the short ride is around 15 to 25 miles on the third Saturday.

 

Unless otherwise stated, all rides start at 8.30am from the Guardian Centre and include a refreshment stop.  Please endeavour to arrive promptly, so that the bikes can be prepared in good time for a 9.00 departure.  We TRY TO make it a priority to see that the long ride returns by 3.00pm and the short ride by 1.00pm, so waiting for latecomers to arrive can mean the ride has to be cut short.

 

If you are a stoker, please email cycling@mssc.org.uk to book on to a ride as soon as possible, preferably with at least a fortnight’s notice.  Securing sufficient pilots tends to be a demanding task, and places on a ride will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  If you are a pilot, letting us know your availability well in advance is hugely helpful.  The ride organiser will confirm whether or not sufficient pilots are available by the Thursday before the ride; if you have not heard by then, please contact us to check your name is definitely on the list.