D-Day Cycle 2019

21st Jun 2019, 7:30am

Cycling over 140 miles along the 2nd World War landing beaches in Normandy, raising funds for local Neo Natal units in order to supply much needed equipment to support premature babies and their families.

The team are made up of experienced and novice cyclists.

Review by New Life Special Care Babies

Newbury Weekly News

NEWBURY cyclists took to the saddle recently in remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the Normandy D-Day landings. Raising £6,500, the cyclists made a true adventure out of their trip to France.

Travelling from Newbury to Caen and cycling along the beaches of France, the 18 cyclists (eight men and 10 women) raised money for New Life, a Newbury-based charity.

Team member and Newbury Rugby Club chairman David Jones said: “It made a group of people so much more aware of how privileged and lucky we are.

“Well done to the New Life charity for bringing us together.”

The group travelled to several landmarks in Caen, along with Pegasus Bridge, and cycled along all five landing beaches, starting at Sword and ending at Utah.

New Life founder Trevor Goodall said: “It was fantastic to be alongside cyclists raising money for the charity I founded and to talk to them about what we do.

“They appreciated me mucking in and taking part.”

The group started their ride at 8am on Saturday and, after a six-and-a-half hour slog the next day, finished towards the end of Sunday afternoon.

Mr Goodall said: “We were all educated on the D-Day landings and the pain and suffering of many... so shocking to see all the young soldiers killed in the space of a few days.

“I feel we are creating New Life in the charity so it was very apt.”