The Malle Beach Mile race is underway on Margate Main Sands – The Isle Of Thanet News

The Malle Mile Beach Race is underway in Margate Photo Frank Leppard

The Malle Mile Beach Race gets underway in Margate today (May 21) with further races scheduled for tomorrow.

The annual event involves over 200 custom and vintage bikes taking part in a series of races.

The event again raises funds for ‘Two Wheels For Life’ and their partner ‘Riders For Health’.

Photo Frank Leppard

For 30 years, the charity has trained local medical professionals to use motorbikes to reach the most remote parts of Africa where other vehicles simply cannot reach, bringing medicine, doctors and the modern digitization of paper-based medical systems.

To date, they have reached and supported over 12 million people. Learn more about their work at: www.twowheelsforlife.org

The event includes sprints, Motopolo and after parties.

Bertie, Chase and Ned from the Crab Museum

Owners of the Margate Crab Museum in the Old Town have raised environmental concerns about the effects on micro-organisms that live in the sand.

They said: “We like being loud and obnoxious as much as everyone else, but we prefer it when it doesn’t damage a fragile local ecosystem. Margate Beach may look like empty sand, but it’s full of living, sentient organisms that don’t much like the fumes pumped over it for human enjoyment. Hundreds of these creatures can be found in a single petri dish when examined under a microscope. It is animals like these that form the basis of all ecosystems on Earth and they deserve respect.

Photo by Carl Hudson

“The public domain is for everyone, and it’s discouraging to see such enthusiasm for activities so closely linked to the climate crisis. In the year 2022 CE, we should be promoting greener modes of transportation, rather than fetishizing outdated machinery.

“We accept that the event brings a sum of money to the local economy, but it would be the same for the fracking under the Monkton nature reserve or the sale of Dreamland to the Russian oligarchs. If everything has a price, what do we value in relation to the local ecosystem?

Photo Frank Leppard

“Malle’s partners may come up with token moral jailbreak cards, but we’re moving fast towards a carbon-free future, where these events are hosted by historical re-enactors. Until then, let’s keep racing events at racetracks, not in living, breathing biomes.

Photo Frank Leppard

Malle organizers say they have worked with Thanet council on an environmental plan.

A statement on Malle London’s website reads: ‘We have worked with Thanet Council over the past year to create an environmental plan which ensures The Mile Beach Race leaves the beach in better condition than ever before. ‘when we arrive and only leaves footprints in the sand.

“Like the Malle Mile Festival, the entire event is plastic-free. Before and after the race, the entirety of Margate Sands is combed through by our dedicated Marshall team, removing all debris and trash from the beach and recycling it safely.

Photo by Carl Hudson

“There will be a lot of electric motorcycles in the beach race and more every year no doubt, but the majority of entries are motor-powered vintage race bikes. We have implemented several initiatives to preserve the beach environment. We have a pre/post race wash station for all race bikes to remove any oil before and any sand after. Our Malle environmental attendants will also be on hand to monitor oil drips on the beach and they are equipped to safely dispose of any sand that may be affected throughout the day.

Photo Frank Leppard

“For all Malle events, including The Malle Mile, The Mile Beach Race and The Malle Rallies, we are working with ‘The International Tree Foundation’ to plant a tree for every runner who takes part in the race – with the aim of planting a minimum of 5,000 trees in 2022 – neutralize and sequester carbon and protect the global environment.

“Launched in 1924 – find out more about their remarkable work in the UK and Africa here: www.internationaltreefoundation.org”

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SATURDAY MAY 21 – (remaining events)

LOW TIDE AT 10:30 AM AND HIGH TIDE AT 4:50 PM

6 p.m.: THE BEACH RACE PARTY THE SUN DECK

7:00 p.m.: DJ DESTRUCTION

8:00 p.m.: LONGY & THE GOSPEL TRASH LIVE ON STAGE

9 p.m.: BROKEN HANDS LIVE ON STAGE

10pm-2am: THE OFFICIAL BEACH RACE AFTER-PARTY AT THE LOVE CAFE WITH DJ DESTRUCTION!

SUNDAY MAY 22

LOW TIDE AT 11:30 AM AND HIGH TIDE AT 5:50 PM

9:00 a.m.: THE DGR

MEET AT MARGATE LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE MARGATE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN’S RIDE, DEPARTURE AT 9:30 AM AND RETURNS TO THE SUNDECK AT 10:30 AM

10 a.m.: THE BEACH SPRINT RACE

ALL RUNNING CLASSES RUN IN ORDER ALL MORNING

12:00 p.m.: LA MALLE100 BEACH RACE

ONCE RIDERS HAVE COMPLETED THE SPRINT RACE, PLEASE ENTER MALLE100

1:00 p.m.: MOTOPOLO

BEACH TOURNAMENT – FINAL

2 p.m.: THE BEACH RACE DERBY

KO FINAL

5:00 p.m.: PRESENTATION OF THE PODIUMS

6 p.m.: AFTER PARTY

THE BEACH RACE PODIUM AWARDS AFTER PARTY AT THE SUN DECK

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