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The Turing Ride for Sherborne Voluntary Ambulance

Updated: Nov 24, 2023

Looking back to a very happy and successful day in October when over 60 cyclists set out from Sherborne School to tackle the ups and downs of the Dorset Roads.

There were two routes - the 30 mile Enigma or the 61 mile Ultra which took in part of the route made famous by Alan Turing.

The history behind the ride goes back to 1926 when Alan Turing as a 13 year old new boy at Sherborne School was unable to catch a train from Southampton to Sherborne due to the General Strike. Not to be defeated, he cycled the 63 miles, staying overnight at the Crown Hotel in Blandford. News of his intrepid journey reached the local press and then spread to London.

The Turing Cycle Ride has been re-created in Alan's name to honour his determined resourcefulness and to raise money for The Sherborne Voluntary Ambulance. We are very grateful to Sherborne School for hosting the event.

Two feed stations along the routes offered a much needed energy boost and there were well deserved medals for all at the end.

Thank you to everyone who took part and also to everyone who helped make the day such a success. A fabulous £1,700 was raised for 'The Big Red Bus".

We'll let you know the date for the 2024 ride as soon as possible.

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