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Wincanton employees complete bike ride - 999 miles

That’s it, we’ve done it! 12 days, 999 miles and 57,000 feet of climbing. The Wincanton team has fought and conquered the arduous Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle challenge to raise money for Transaid and the British Heart Foundation.

Industry views | 10 May 2016

Wincanton cycle team for 90th anniversary

We wanted to do something really special to celebrate Wincanton’s 90th anniversary. Taking on the legendary Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge ticked all the boxes because it’s about fitness, it’s about fun and it’s about raising money for two great charities close to our hearts.

We’re so proud of our 99 team members who geared up and courageously embraced the Wincanton Big Event 2016; starting the race on 18th April in Lands’ End, travelling through the South West, Gloucester, the Midlands, Northern England and Scotland, and finally crossing the finish line in John O’Groats on Friday 29th April.

Our Managing Director, Liam McElroy, along with Gary Foster, CEO at Transaid, and Sally Grint, Fundraiser Manager at the British Heart Foundation, inaugurated the event and with everyone lined up and ready to go, Liam gave a few words of encouragement, thanking the cyclists, and giving a nod to Queen Elizabeth, who also celebrated her 90th birthday.

The race was divided into 12 legs, with the team making rest stops along the way in our depots including Yeovil, Wincanton, Chippenham, Gloucester, Stafford, Wigan and Glasgow, where other team members gathered to cheer our brave cyclists and provide much needed refreshments!

As expected, the weather was particularly challenging and the team fought against forces of nature including sleet, snow and hail stones along with strong headwinds and some very welcome sunshine. Taking advantage of this some of the cyclists even enjoyed a game of snow-balling, near Fort William.

Overall, the event was a real success and it was great to see everyone at Wincanton getting involved in a ‘heart healthy’ event which actively supports the wellbeing of our colleagues. We’re still receiving donations for both charities and are aiming to raise £30,000, which we hope will help make a real difference. We want to say a big thank you to our 60-strong team of volunteers who showed so much passion and enthusiasm and helped make the Wincanton Big Event 2016 so special.

We want to extend a special thank you to our customer, Halfords, who really got involved. The company sponsored a few of the legs, provided rest stops at local stores, promoted the cycle to work scheme, provided spares and donated the first raffle prize. Thanks to Halfords, we also had a mechanic and van on standby in the event of technical issues. We’re also very grateful for the support we’ve received from Arnold Clark, Renault and JDS Trucks, Argos, Adidas, Screwfix, Homebase, B&Q, GSK and Fuchs Lubricants for supporting the Wincanton Big Event 2016 and providing much needed supplies.

Please visit our dedicated page to make a donation to the Wincanton Big Event.


Well done team, great effort for a great cause.

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