Coastal stage pro­vided trio with un­ex­pected tough chal­lenge Cy­clists eat up the miles to get in reach of tar­get

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­group.co.uk A trio of char­ity cy­clists who rode more than 1,000 miles have al­most hit their £5,000 fundrais­ing tar­get.

John Savidge, Steve Watts and Ju­lian Cashan com­pleted their two week jour­ney from Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of Hold­ing On Let­ting Go (HOLG).

HOLG is a Kent char­ity which sup­ports young­sters across the county, aged six to 16, who have ex­pe­ri­enced be­reave­ment.

Dif­fi­cult

Mr Savidge’s wife Vanessa is chair of the board, so the keen rider roped in two of his close friends to com­plete the chal­lenge.

Mr Savidge, 45, from Mer­sham, said: “You’d ex­pect Scot­land and the High­lands to be dif­fi­cult, but it was ac­tu­ally Devon and Corn­wall that were the tough bits, but once we got off the South coast and over the Severn Bridge, we re­ally started to eat up the miles.

“The ride was great, the ca­ma­raderie was amaz­ing, and it was a fan­tas­tic cou­ple of weeks.”

So far, the trio’s ef­forts have raised a whop­ping £4,590. With the help of read­ers of the Ken­tish Ex­press, they’re hop­ing to break the £5,000 mark.

He said: “With £5,000, HOLG can af­ford to send five chil­dren and their fam­i­lies away on a week­end break so it all makes a big dif­fer­ence. Any amount would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.”

To spon­sor their ef­forts, visit just­giv­ing.com/jjs­cy­cle

From left, Ju­lian Cashan, John Savidge and Steve Watts at Lands End; right, the trio tri­umphant at John O’Groats

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