The Great Shakespeare Ride 2020

23 August 2020

We have had to make the difficult decision to cancel or postpone events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have registered for one of events already and haven't been contacted by the Fundraising team yet, please email

Welcome to our Virtual Cycling Challenge  

It was with great sadness that we had to make the very difficult decision to cancel our Great Shakespeare Ride in what would have been our 10th Anniversary year... but the pedals don’t have to stop here!

We started to wonder if there were ways we could offer an alternative to our riders and to families in our community, to provide an opportunity to stay in the saddle, motivate you to keep fit and celebrate 10 years with us.

Our virtual cycle rides offer all that and the opportunity to continue supporting The Shakespeare Hospice during these very difficult times.  It doesn’t matter if you use your daily exercise to cycle outside, use your turbo trainer or take to your exercise bike indoors, every mile cycled in aid of The Shakespeare Hospice counts!

If you’ve already signed up for one of our GSR rides, perhaps you’d like to transfer your entry to one of our virtual challenges. If you haven’t yet registered, you may like to try our friendly 21 mile ride or maybe choose to do an hour a day for 21 days... the choice is yours! It costs just £21 (do you see what we did there?) per rider to register, or if you are registering a team you can do this free of charge as long as you set up a fundraising page to raise sponsorship.

For those that like a challenge, why not take on one of our ‘Big Ones’ in support of our Hospice and nurses.  320, 1250, 3125 miles or our big team challenge - 6875 miles.

We will be extending an invitation to all cyclists who take on one of our vitual rides to join us at The Shakespeare Hospice when life has returned to normal.

Meet some of our amazing nurses who are working tirelessly to support our community through this crisis.

Collect your medal and enjoy tea and cake with all the other amazing riders who supported the Hospice.


The Friendly 21 Mile Ride or 21 Hours - Our Special Anniversary Ride. The perfect challenge for new cyclists or families who want to cycle and exercise together in a relaxed and leisurely manner.

320 Mile Ride - Cycle for our amazing nurses. Our Hospice at Home nurses travel approximately 320 miles a week to provide end of life care and support to patients and their families in their own home. Can you take on this same distance on your bike?

1250 Mile Ride - Cycle for our Hospice at Home team. The same distance in pounds - £1250 would run our Hospice at Home for a day.

3125 Mile Ride - Cycle for our Children’s and Family Support Service £3125 would help cover the cost of our Children’s and Family Support Service for one week, helping children and their families learn to express and process their feelings, before and after bereavement.

6875 Mile Ride - The Team Event (You won’t be riding out together but each cyclist in your team adds miles to reach a combined total) The equivalent of every one of these miles in pounds - £6875, would help cover the costs of providing our day hospice for a week, delivering passionate clinical care, respite and wellbeing therapies for our patients and their carers.

Whether you take on one of these distances on your own or as a team (no limit to how many cyclists you want in your team), your support is hugely appreciated especially during this very difficult time... Thank you!



Register your participation using the link below and we’ll send your pack with useful information, your handy cycling log and celebration invitation.

Why not set up a fundraising page in support of The Shakespeare Hospice.  Details on how you can do this and more in your information pack.

Get on your bikes and ride! Create interesting and safe routes whether you’re a family cycling in the park to the more experienced cyclist out on the road.  Don’t forget to log those miles!

Let everyone know about your ride!  Tell your family and friends about your virtual challenge in support of The Shakespeare Hospice. Share your photos, upload them to Facebook, Instagram and Tweet about it... Encourage your friends to do an amazing thing and take up the Shakespeare Hospice Virtual Challenge!

Join us and all the other wonderful cyclists at our ‘Every Mile Counts’ celebration.  Meet some of our incredible nurses that you have helped continue to look after our community.  Celebrate our 10th Anniversary Great Shakespeare Virtual Cycle and collect your medal.



Click here to download the virtual pack 

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