Forterra colleagues tackle Mont Ventoux

Staff at building products manufacturer Forterra have successfully completed a Challenge Adventure Charities’ four-day, 620-mile cycle relay through France

The eight team members set off from Ouistreham on the Channel coast on 2nd October and arrived in Vaison-la-Romaine, at the foot of the challenging Mont Ventoux Tour de France route, on 4th October. The following day they completed the 18-mile climb to the mountain’s 1,900m summit.

Accompanying chief executive Stephen Harrison in the first team were national sales manager Neil McLafferty and land & planning manager Tim Darling – as well as FTI Consulting managing director Nick Hasell. The second team was made up of contracts & logistics manager Nick Clark, business manager for merchant buying groups Jason Drinkwater, business support manager Ian Holmes and sales administration coordinator Marc Taylor.

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75% of all funds raised will be donated to the British Heart Foundation, with the remaining 25% going to Cancer Research UK. Both charities were chosen in recognition of several Forterra staff who have been affected by these conditions. Prior to setting off, the teams had already raised over £10,000.

Harrison said: “Mont Ventoux certainly sets the benchmark for feats of endurance – our physical and mental stamina has been well and truly put to the test, but reaching the summit made the challenge well worth it.

“Conquering this infamously demanding route whilst raising funds for two fantastic charities that have a personal connection to so many of our staff is an achievement for all involved, not to mention a privilege.”

Founded in 1996, Challenge Adventure Charities organises two major cycling events each year in aid of charities chosen by the Trustees and event participants. Excluding this month’s event, the challenges have raised £4.2m to date.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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