On Thursday 13th July, we had the opportunity to host our 2nd Annual Big Cycle Event and what a hit it was!
This event encouraged cyclists and walkers, of all abilities to join us and raise money for a fantastic local charity – Kendal Mountain Rescue Team – as voted for by our UK Anord Mardix staff.
Whether it be for a 10-mile walk, 20-mile bike ride or even a 40-mile bike ride, all attendees were promised stunning views, welcome packs, great food & evening entertainment.
Each cycling route and the walk had been carefully crafted from the local knowledge of Anord Mardix staff and supported by the talented team at Zeus Cycling, who provided safety control vehicles, medics & professional riders to guide all of our participants.
Wanted to attend this year’s Big Cycle, but couldn’t? Let’s give you a run-down of the whole event…
This year’s Big Cycle was held at Kendal Rugby Club (KRUFC), which was perfect in location, views & facilities.
Kendal Rugby Club hosted Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a post – event celebration in the evening whilst we watched the sun go down over the grounds, it couldn’t have been a more ideal venue for our Big Cycle event.
We also made every effort to continue to support the local area throughout the day, with any spare, packaged food or bottles of water being donated to food banks in Kendal with the support of KRUFC.
Kendal Mountain Rescue Team was chosen by our UK staff members, due to the amazing work they do day in, day out in the local community. KMRT charity is made up entirely of volunteers and operates solely off donations, so it was really important that we ensured all proceeds went to this wonderful, local charity.
Formed in 1953, Kendal Mountain Search and Rescue Team covers an area in the South Lakes, Kentmere and The Howgills.
Mountain rescue team members are on call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to recover climbers from precipitous crags, reunite lost walkers with their pals and ensure injured and sick casualties are safely delivered into vital hospital care.
Anord Mardix are really proud to be supporting such a wonderful charity for this year’s Big Cycle Event.
Encouraged by supporters and volunteers, each activity set off into the distance to begin their journeys! All the routes had challenges of their own and some hills to conquer, but every single participant took it in their stride.
Whether they were a cyclist or a walker, all participants were greeted at the finish line with cheers, clapping and even a singsong & dance routine performed by our volunteers Ben, Nicola, Rachel and Jess – you lucky things.
Included in each Big Cycle ticket was a free drinks token (for a refreshing beverage post activity), free lunch, a free evening meal and access to our bake sale. The evening began with reception drinks on the outdoor balcony followed by the cheque presentation to the charity, with the wonderful Sophia Sax who performed into the late evening.
What a wonderful end to a perfect day…if we do say so ourselves!
A special thank you to the staff at Kendal Rugby Club who, even in the weeks running up to the event, couldn’t have been any more attentive and organised. Not to mention Chef Chris’ fantastic food throughout the day – all attendees were fuelled by his delicious breakfast butties, sausage rolls and pasta salads. Maybe that’s why they all did so well?
We couldn’t have got through the day without our staff members who volunteered on the day to support the Big Cycle. So, a special thank you to: Nigel Galling, Nicola Johnstone, Josey Woods, Jess Nisbet, Rachel Story, Josh Durham, Ben Higgins, Andrew Wallace, Martin Watson, Malgorzata Kabasa, Andrew Longcake & Neil Baines from Anord Mardix. All of you worked tirelessly throughout the day to make sure everything ran as smoothly as possible – thank you.
We also have to mention one volunteer in particular, who stood out, Kay Galling.
Kay organised and baked most of the sweet treats for our Big Cycle bake sale, helping us to raise an additional £165.00 for the charity! Not only that, but Kay supported Kendal Rugby Club's Chef, Chris, to serve breakfast butties to over 100 people in the morning - we hope you enjoyed a well-deserved rest post-event Kay!
Overall, a total of £10,000 was raised for Kendal Mountain Rescue Team so, without sounding too eager, we’re already looking forward to next year.
Thank you to all of those who came, supported us, liked, shared and donated to our event via the below link:
https://www.justgiving.com/page/big-cycle-2023 (we’ll leave this live for a little while longer).
Is it too soon to ask if you will join us again next year? Stay tuned for a registration link...