Charlbury Kids’ Rally

Put 9th of September in your diary now for the

Seventh Charlbury Children’s Sponsored Bike Rally
round Charlbury’s five churches
and the Third Charlbury Children’s Bike Gymkhana
and School Picnic.

Sign up from 11.15 am

Individual Starts from 11.30 to 12.30 am

Parents and children should go to St Mary’s Church in Charlbury any time between 11.15 and 12.30 a.m. to sign in and start. When signing in, parents will be asked either to show on their smartphones that they have set up sponsorship pages for their children or to make a suggested donation of £5 per child. But we are actively encouraging parents to set up an online sponsorship page for their child. See here for more details on how and where. It is the easiest and quickest way to gather sponsors and enable them to GiftAid their donations. This year’s rally will be raising sponsorship for the Charlbury School Association and OHCT. Remember to specify that you would like Charlbury School Association (CSA) to receive 50% of the sponsorship your child raises.

Five Church Route

We will be following the normal route around the village passing all five churches.

Optional Over 7’s route

Over 7s will have the option of taking a longer course via Park Street, Five Ways and Hixet Wood.

Optional 10 mile route

By popular demand we are again offering longer 10-mile route for older children with bikes suitable for fairly gentle off-road tracks. This route will take them into and around Ditchley Park before returning to the FINISH. The idea for the longer route is threefold: to offer older children a ride that’s a genuine challenge; give children and parents a chance to cruise around exploring Ditchley Park on bikes (which is not normally permitted); and because the the CSA and OHCT are hoping riders will raise money through sponsorship, we feel this longer ride gives friends and family a genuine reason to dip deep and sponsor a child to ride 10 miles!


For safety, the children will start the rally at short intervals. Parents or responsible adults must accompany them (on bike or on foot). All riders must wear helmets. Balance bikes and scooters will be eligible for the youngest year groups.

How to take part

  • Head over to our online giving partner, InvestMyCommunity, to set up a sponsorship page. Remember to name Charlbury School Association (CSA) in your description so they get 50% of the raised money.

  • You can easily share the sponsorship page to friends and family far and wide and also enables them to Gift Aid their sponsorship.

  • Here's the link: InvestMyCommunity

  • Or be ready to pay £5 entry fee when you arrive on the day.

  • Read and accept the Ground Rules and Risk Assessment and Instructions (see below). You'll be asked whether you have when you sign-in on the day.

  • Arrive at St Mary's Church between 11.15 and 12.30 on Saturday, 9 September

  • Follow the marshals’ directions around town. For the Ditchley Park route, check the map you will be given at the start and follow the waymarkers from the top of Crawborough. Route details can be found in the Risk Assessment.

The Finish

All children who complete their route will receive certificates and prizes.

The FINISH for all groups will again be on Wychwood Paddocks (the school playing field) where there will be a mass PICNIC, an opportunity for adults to try out E-BIKES and a BIKE GYMKHANA for the rally children to show off their biking skills.

The Picnic and Bike Gymkhana

The Charlbury School Association invites the public (with or without children taking part in the Rally) to bring picnics and set up around the edge of the school playing field.

There, the Windrush Bike Project will be organising the bike gymkhana, a series of cycling games to improve the children’s skills and confidence. WBP can also advise on family cycling and Bikeability training and will offer a free bike check and minor repair service.

The Journey Team of Charlbury Town Council will also have a range of e-bikes for adults to try out

For any questions  before the rally or on the day, call the organiser James Styring (Charlbury Town Councillor) 07792 375423.

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