Return of cycling challenge for primary school

By Barrie Hudson - 4 May 2021


A challenging bike ride in aid of a Swindon primary school is back.

  • The Hydra Ride was last run in 2019

    The Hydra Ride was last run in 2019

The Hydra Ride, named after the multi-headed mythical creature, offers a choice of routes for experienced riders.
They cover 50km, 70km and 90km and take in the south-east Swindon countryside.

Each route starts and ends in Wood Street, Old Town, and this year's event will be held on 11 July.

All profits from The Hydra Ride go to Friends of Lethbridge Primary School (FOL), which raises funds to enhance the education of the school's 500 pupils.

Charity chair Ria Walega said: "We have a great new sponsor this year, Swindon Financial Services, who are committed to helping make this another successful event and help maximise the funds that we can put back into the school.

"In recent years FOL funds have provided a suite of 40 iPads with a mobile charging station to enable interactive teaching; a new library has been kitted out and filled with books to give children access to a wide range of reading; the playground markings have been repainted to better facilitate physical education and stimulate break time activities and a school-wide all-day STEM workshop was paid for to create interest in science and technology.

"The organisers of The Hydra give their time for free, claim no expenses nor take any profit from the event."

Registration is open and will cost £19.50 until the end of the month and £21 from 1 June.

Full details can be found at


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