Caption: James Richards, Jack Mason, Ian Cole, Mike Webster and Terry Robinson before setting off on their epic cycle ride near Penzance

National Highways – Five go cycling across South West

15th August 2022

A team of cyclists from National Highways have completed a gruelling 251-mile bike ride over 24 hours to raise funds for two mental health charities.

On June 23rd/24th, five members of the company’s South West team safely navigated the 251 miles on winding and hilly roads from Penzance in Cornwall, through Devon, Somerset and South Gloucestershire, to Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire.

The 24-hour fundraising effort, in aid of the Samaritans and the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity (Lighthouse Club), took the riders from Penzance along the A30 and up and across local country roads through Dartmoor to Exeter and across Exmoor to Bristol before the final leg of the journey to finish near junction 9 of the M5 at Tewkesbury.

Terry Robinson, one of the intrepid quintet and a South West Engineering Team Manager for National Highways, said: “It was a magnificent effort, tough but great fun and I, for one, wouldn’t have made it had it not been for all the support we received our National Highways colleagues and friends.

“We only had the one minor technical issue and completed the distance safely in just 12 minutes over the 24 hours, and so far we’ve managed to raise nearly £3,000 for the charities thanks to people’s generous donations.

“We’ve all become very aware of the growing issue of mental ill health, both professionally and personally, and recognise the importance of charitable organisations for their support and interventions.

“The construction industry has one of the highest incidences of mental ill health, we work closely with the Samaritans on a national and regional basis, and after a chance conversation, we thought we could do something to raise awareness and vital funds for the two charities.”

Joining Terry on the charity effort were National Highways engineers Jack Mason and James Richards and project managers Ian Cole and Mike Webster, while a team of volunteers from the company supported them at various stages across the 24 hours.

Caption: The team cycling through the night on their 24-hour fundraising ride

The cycling challenge followed the fundraising effort of colleague Stacey Smithson-Grey, who took part in last year’s UltraChallenge9 event for MIND.

Stacey, a Control Room Operator at the Regional Operations Centre in Bristol, took part in nine endurance events across the country, ranging from 25k to 100k, and raised more than £8,500 for the mental health charity in the process.

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