Bank Holiday weekend – a time to relax, catch up with friends, and enjoy a few extra hours off work.

Or, in the case of eight members of the Fishguard based Team Cemais Triathlon group, the chance to cycle 380 miles and raise funds for a heart-warming cause in the process.

The group met at St David's Cathedral last Friday morning and in the three days that followed, made their way to Canterbury Cathedral, all to raise money for Ty Hafan in memory of Belle Curran.

The inspirational 10-year-old was on the waiting list for a double lung transplant when she sadly died this April. During her illness, her family had set up Belle’s Story, a fund raising initiative to support all the charities that were helping provide precious care for the youngster.

With Team Cemais member Sarah Thomas a former home tutor and friend of Belle’s, and her mum Stella, the decision was made to donate proceeds to Ty Hafan who provided pediatric and palliative care and were a great source of comfort to the family.

So it was a very much a unique blessing that the cyclists received from Archdeacon Paul Mackness and Canon Leigh Richardson on Friday morning to set them on their way. There was to be four ‘core’ cyclists – Damian Capps, nine-time Ironman Ryan Thomas, Ifan Thomas, and Martin Evans. Meanwhile Sarah, Carole Dudley, Ken Owen and Shan James were made up the support crew.

“The aim was to complete the challenge in three days,” said Damian, who had been instrumental in organising routes and accommodation.

“So with places booked we were left with little choice but to get to the destination at the end of each day.”

The first leg to Abergavenny went smoothly, with the favourable weather conditions ensuring they arrived in much quicker time than anticipated.

The next day to Basingstoke however, proved trickier.

“The weather was kind again but the roads were foreign to us - and constant route checking and a few wrong turns meant the journey was not as quick,” continued Damian.

“Chepstow was the first big city that really kept us on our toes, the traffic was seriously heavy, and although the Severn Bridge crossing was challenging it was a great experience.”

The final day was to be the big one – a mere 131 miles to finish off the challenge.

“All we had to do was wind our way down to the A272 and follow that most of the way,” joked Damian.

“There were a few deviations to the route including driving over a village green as one of the roads was closed - and a wrong turn took us onto the very busy A3 for a few miles.

“We reached the lunch stop, but as that wasn’t quite half-way for the day there were a few disillusioned faces. There was no choice but to push on!”

But push on they did, and the support crew opted to drive on and drop the equipment off at the final destination, before joining Damian, Ryan, Ifan and Martin in cycling the final few miles.

The eight were met at Canterbury Cathedral by Vesturer Chris Crooks, who had been following the story via Facebook, and he informed the very reverend Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury, that the group had arrived. He duly opened the Cathedral and gave all eight members a tour and another blessing.

“We covered 2250 miles between us all three days, only had two minor mechanicals, three chain offs and quite amazingly no punctures - I think the blessings worked,” added Damian.

The final amount raised is yet to be confirmed, but anyone wishing to donate can do so via the St David's Cathedral to Canterbury Cathedral Facebook page. Telegraph Sport would like to congratulate all involved on a brilliant effort.

And the group also issued a collective thankyou to everyone who sponsored and supported the ride – namely Mark and Tanya Havard at Dinas Filling Station, Roger Shackleton from the Square and Compass Garage, Paul Williams from Ocean Haze Garage in St Davids, Princes Gate who supplied water and Total Produce who gave boxes of fruit.