We took to the grounds of Imber Court in Molesey during the Half Term Break and had a great spooky time and Family Bike Ride.
Wanting to promote Family Biking and encourage everyone to get riding we thought there was no finer time to do it than Halloween.
Offering kids a chance to dress up in costumes, even dress up their bikes and participate with their friends, siblings, Mum’s and Dad’s….what a great plan!
So Summer Road Events took to planning and were thrilled to be invited by Imber Court to use their rather gorgeous grounds. We soon shook up the pretty scenes with some spooky additions, giant spiders, bats, skeletons, witches hats and broomsticks, cobwebs and fantastic pumpkins. With the glorious colours of Autumn the scenes were perfectly set.
Waiting for the date to come round was rather scary too, with high winds hitting a week before and heavy rain the day before you can imagine the joy we all had when we possibly had the warmest 27th October ever! The sun blazed, the sky was blue and we were set to welcome the families.
We were pleased with the steady amount of families registering from our marketing and a last minute surge with families booking and parents taking time off to cycle together, younger siblings getting some good practise on their balance bikes, and some taking to speedy scootering.
Kingston Cycling Campaign kindly joined us with Jon and Rob offering a Dr Bike service before we set off, which was much appreciated by the families getting ready.
The final line up took place at 10.45am and the sounds of very excited children dressed as pumpkins, witches, skeletons, monsters, super-heros echoed around the terrace of Imber Court.. and they were off!!!
The roar of squeals as they passed the start line was amazing, and the smiles shone almost as brightly as the sunshine.
Our map shows the spooky ride route. Past the Skeleton Football Stadium and over the Zombie Crossing, then beside the Ghost Field towards the dreaded Haunted Hill. The kids enjoyed the challenge of reaching the top and most did easily racing their sibblings to then pass over the murky river and on to Witches Willow. For those little ones that needed a little extra help up, they were not disappointed and a little push for us was a pleasure, to see them cycle off and to continue on the track.
The path was the perfect safe haven for parents to relax and let their kids go at their comfortable speed. Some older siblings were proudly lapping their younger brother and sisters. We saw parents racing each other and children. Everyone enjoying their moments on the track.. such fun!
After the ride, everyone returned to the terrace and the club house. Enjoying the lovely weather, many stayed and socialised and had lunch from the Spooky Menu at the restaurant.
For us this was a great opportunity to hand over to all our young riders their Family Bike Ride Medals and some goodies.
Well done to everyone that took part in the Spooky Family Bike Ride and thank you to everyone that helped us along the way.
Special thanks to Imber Court and their fantastic Staff. Jon and Rob from Kingston Cycling Campaign. Garson’s Garden Centre, Esher for kindly supplying our Pumpkins. And special thanks to our Friends and Family who supported and helped during the event.
We are now planning our next Family Bike Ride and look forward to seeing you all there.