Zoe Ball’s Sport Relief challenge to visit Marlow (*updated with route*)

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Zoe’s Hardest Road Home 

Over the coming five days Zoe Ball will attempt to cycle from Blackpool, the place of her birth, all the way to her hometown of Brighton. She is taking on the challenge to raise money for Sport Relief and raise awareness of mental health issues. In the video linked to further down, Zoe explains the personal reasons why this issue is close to her heart.

Zoe will be accompanied by Greg Whyte OBE, who conveniently for us lives in Marlow Bottom! Greg has of course been involved in coaching many celebs through Sport & Comic Relief Challenges over the years including David Walliams, Eddie Izzard, Davina McCall to name just a few.

The Schedule

Mon 5th March Blackpool to Widnes 
Tue 6th: Widnes to Upton Magna 
Wed 7th: Upton Magna to Stratford Upon Avon
Thu 8th: Stratford Upon Avon to Marlow
Fri 9th: Marlow to Brighton 

The current plan is for an arrival in Marlow on Thursday 8th around 5pm on The Causeway, which will be closed off to traffic.  It would be great to give them a big Marlow welcome, if you are able to pop down! We will of course keep you updated as far as possible if things change.

Detailed arrival route

Lola cyclists will be familiar with the planned route into Marlow. (Note this is planned, but plans can change!!). The route includes going up the notoriously steep Watlington Hill to Christmas Common. From there.. down to Turville, through Fingest to Frieth crossroads and down via Chalkpit Lane, Oxford Road, West Street and then the High Street. 

zoes planned route

Sponsor Zoe

To help contribute to the fundraising, simply visit the following link and click the big “Sponsor Zoe” button: www.sportrelief.com/news-and-tv/zoes-hardest-road-home

Watch the Intro Video

Keeping track of progress

Both Zoe and Greg will be updating their social media throughout …. below from Twitter we have Greg at the start, and Zoe just 10 miles in.


Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded MyMarlow.co.uk in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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