Inspirational car dealer MD pedals his way to victory for BEN


Written by: CAP Marketing

CAP is delighted to announce that local Managing Director of Hepworth Honda has completed his 240 mile cycle challenge raising money for automotive charity BEN.

A few months ago CAP Automotive’s Philip Nothard challenged MD Stephen Brighton to take part in cycling a staggering distance, covering London to Paris in 24 hours. 

Stephen Brighton had the following to say after completing an inspirational challenge for a very worthy cause - BEN.

“From a rider’s perspective the ride was more challenging and hilly in the UK but we were blessed with great weather and even a gentle tail wind all the way into Paris.

"The route was beautiful and we avoided any major towns until we reached Paris. It was a great performance from each cyclist as we all finished the ride, and apart from aching bodies everyone was in high spirits.

"The highlight was a ride in convoy with the support teams down the Champs-Elysses, around the Arc de Triomphe and onto the Eiffel Tower, all in our BEN shirts."

 “My records show over 12,000 feet of hills, over 60% more per mile in the UK! We did 250 miles in 18 hours ride time, but to be honest it didn’t feel as hard as it sounds!"

Stephen, along with a team of 17 BEN cyclists took part and completed London to Paris in 24 hours raising over £25,500 for automotive charity BEN. 

The team of 17 left Blackheath Common at lunchtime on Friday 5th June before tackling the mountain-like hills of the Kent countryside and heading down to Newhaven.

After a few hours of sleep on the ferry, and 96 miles into the route, the determined cyclists continued the rest of their journey from Dieppe. All participants successfully made it to Paris with only one puncture and a few minor detours.

Stephen Morgan, Regional Manager for Copart said: “I think that everyone would agree that an enjoyable time was had and we’ve now started planning some future rides between us. Thanks again, we're looking forward to raising more for this fantastic charity in the future."

“This challenge was one of the most emotional and exciting to be part of and I felt honoured to be with the team all the way from London to Paris," said Bekki Chandler, BEN’s Events Executive.

“When the going got tough, I was pleased to be there to pass on encouragement and support to our amazing cycling team. We are so grateful for their support and commitment – thank you to everyone involved.” 

CAP's Black Book Editor Philip Nothard, who instigated the challenge, offers a special congratulation too: 

"This is a fantastic demonstration of how the automotive industry comes together to take on these testing challenges and support charities such as BEN. The power of social media has helped spread the message and raise much needed funds.’’

A massive well done to Stephen from the whole team CAP Automotive.

Visit Stephen’s Justgiving page if you too would like to donate funds for BEN.

For more information about BEN and the services they provide please click here.