Goodness gracious great Chariots of Fire! Ely man joins a charity challenge with his work mates

Running in a Chariots of Fire race to raise money for Whizz Kidz. Daniel Smith, David Richmond, Phil

Running in a Chariots of Fire race to raise money for Whizz Kidz. Daniel Smith, David Richmond, Phil Harvey, Henry Morgan, Simon Lane, Duncan Henry, Terry Elvin, Tom Oldham, Eleanor Davies, Matthew Young, and Alexander Smith - Credit: Archant

A team of twelve fundraisers pulled on their running shoes and tackled the gruelling Chariots of Fire Challenge to raise money for disabled children’s charity Whizz-Kidz.

Tom Oldham, of Ely, joined his Cambridge colleagues at Aston Martin, led by Whizz-Kidz Charity Champion Simon Lane.

The team – part of Jardine Motors Group – put their training to good use to beat the 10.2-mile relay course, raising money to help disabled children and young people.

The idea of taking part came from dealership Henry Morgan, warranty controller.

The entire 14-strong Aston Martin Cambridge team took part and was made up of two squads of six runners.


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The first was led by Simon and made up of David Richmond, Phil Harvey, Terry Elvin, Alex Smith and Tom Oldham.

The second was led by Henry Morgan and made up of Richard Wilson, Eleanor Davies, Duncan Henry, Matthew Young and Daniel Smith. They were supported by Sharon Slator, Tony Gardner and Nathan Purcell.

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The two teams finished the course in 1hr and 4mins, and 1hr and 5mins respectively – and together raised more than £3,000 to support Whizz-Kidz’s work – with more pledges due to come in.

Simon Lane, dealer principal at Aston Martin Cambridge, said: “We’re really pleased to have been able to raise such a fantastic amount; we know the work Whizz-Kidz does is so important and are happy that we’ve been able to make a difference as a team.”

Ruth Owen, chief executive of Whizz-Kidz, said: “Everyone at Whizz-Kidz is so grateful for Simon and the team’s amazing fund raising efforts and their dedication in completing the Chariots of Fire challenge.

“The funds they’ve raised will make an enormous difference to the lives of young disabled people in Cambridgeshire and beyond.”

• Whizz-Kidz provides disabled children and young people with vital mobility equipment, opportunities to meet and have fun, and training to help them gain skills and look forward to a brighter future.

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