The Dambusters Ride - 56 miles

The Dambusters Ride - 56 miles



  • £50K Target
  • £21.5K Raised
  • 806 Donors
  • 157 Fundraisers
  • Event date Sat 15th May - Sun 16th May 2021
  • Location Anywhere
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COVID-19: We are currently expecting the event to take place as planned, but are constantly monitoring the situation and will follow all Government rules and guidance to ensure the safety of our supporters and staff. We will notify participants if there are any changes to the event.

*Please note registrations for the main event and virtual challenge have now closed.*

Join the RAF Benevolent Fund at The Dambusters Ride to celebrate the 100th birthday of the last Dambuster, Sqn Ldr George ‘Johnny’ Johnson, MBE, DFM.

The 56-mile bike ride on 3 July will take in landmarks in the East of England that are significant to 617 Squadron and to Johnny himself.

The ride will start and finish at the Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, and riders will visit RAF Scampton Highfields School in Newark where Johnny taught after his service and RAF College Cranwell.

If you cannot join us in Woodhall Spa on the day, you can sign up for the virtual challenge and cycle your own 56 miles anywhere in the world on 15 and 16 May. If 56 miles is not enough of a challenge for you, take on our 100-mile route and really put yourself to the test!

You can take part alone or as part of a team of up to ten people. There’s also a prize for the top individual fundraiser – a flight in a classic Tiger Moth – whilst the top fundraising team will win VIP tickets to the RAF Benevolent Fund’s ‘Dambuster Dinner’ at the historic Petwood Hotel in October 2021!

In return for your support you will receive:

  • a guaranteed place in the event
  • a fundraising toolkit to give you ideas on how to reach your target
  • support from your local regional fundraiser to help you with your fundraising and answer any questions about the event
  • a bespoke event medal
  • a bespoke RAF Benevolent Fund cycling jersey
  • water stations (main event)
  • refreshments at the Petwood Hotel at the finish (main event)
  • free parking (main event).

Need to know...

Distance: 56 miles

Minimum fundraising target: £100

Registration fee: £25 virtual and £35 physical (non-refundable)

Minimum age for the main event: 18 (There is no age limit for the virtual event)

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