Over the Bank Holiday weekend a total of 10 cyclists set off from Seaford College to cycle a combined 1944 kilometers across the Normandy coastline in order to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
The cyclists comprised staff, pupils, Old Seafordians and parents, who visited all of the D—Day landing beaches as well as several other hugely important buildings and sites that played their part in the events 75 years ago.
Like last year, the cycle ride a particular Seaford College link as they visited the grave of Old Seafordian Major Thomas Bundock DSO MC. After leading D-Company at Sword Beach during the landings he was killed in action a couple of months later when he selflessly gave his life in order to protect the lives of his platoon. He is buried just outside Bayeaux and the group paid tribute to his heroism as they recited the College prayer at his grave.
They then took the night ferry on Friday night from Portsmouth to Caen and emerged at Ouistreham into heavy rain and gale force winds. Undeterred, they set off to cover the short distance to Pegasus Bridge where they enjoyed a very much needed hot drink. The weather gradually improved over the course of the morning and after lunch on Saturday, the cyclists enjoyed a day and a half of sun – arriving into Cherbourg on Sunday afternoon to catch the evening ferry back to Portsmouth.
This year the ride was to raise money for Combat Stress – a charity supporting members of the armed forces who have been affected by mental health problems. The target this year is to raise at least £1944 and after this weekend they are well on their way. You can support them by visiting their fundraising page.