KMS Operation Director Completes Cycle Ride for Charity

September 26 2018

On 21st September 2018, Luke Ashton, Operations Director for Kershaw Mechanical Services set off alongside 12 other cyclists, of mixed experience, to complete a three-day challenge.  The team faced the daunting task of cycling 250 miles through Normandy in the sunshine, storm force winds, torrential rain and the French countryside terrain.

The challenge would see the hardy band commence cycling directly off the ferry at St-Malo to the overnight stop at Granville some 95 miles away.

The charity cycle-ride, which was organised by BSS Industrial was in aid of MIND, the mental health charity. MIND provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem and because of their service, millions more people have access to advice and support in England and Wales.

Day one of the challenge saw the team, who consisted of a mixture ranging from the very occasional road cyclists, through to those who cover a few thousand miles a year, successfully cycle over 95 miles to reach their first pit stop. Whilst the weather was somewhat against them, the fantastic scenery and thought-provoking locations kept them going along the way.

Day two started off with the team bracing themselves to embark on the next stage of their journey, a 75+ mile stretch travelling from Granville, where they had spent the night, to St. Mere Eglise. And whilst the weather still didn’t want to play ball, the sun did rear its head occasionally to spur the team on.  Taking in their surroundings the team were led to reflect on what their ancestors had endured during the Second World War.  After an enjoyable evening, where the team took some time to unwind and reminisce about the day’s activities they headed off for some much-needed rest.

Day three – the final leg of the tour which was by far the wettest and windiest and would take the group to its final destination at Ouistreham, was full of excitement and reflection. On route, the team were able to pay their respects on Omaha beach, one of the locations for the D-Day landings. 

As the 3-day tour came to an end, it was agreed it was a somewhat tough, but thoroughly enjoyable experience. Luke, who raised nearly £1800 for MIND via his JustGiving page, would like to take the opportunity to thank all friends, colleagues, acquaintances and very generous organisations from the bottom of his heart for their generous donations to this very worthy cause.