A few months ago, the HR team at Marshall Motor Group, decided to take on a new challenge and that challenge was to take part in this years Chariots of Fire race.
Before they knew it online registration was open and they had signed up! The team, Marshall Hot Rods, consists of the following runners; Allana Money, Hannah Logan, Robyn Youngman, Niki Rau, Dan Scruton and Chris Priest.
When the team discovered that this years event was supporting Arthur Rank Charity Hospice they were even more determined to raise funds, as the hospice helped one of the runners Great Nana in the last few weeks of her life with the care she received being greatly appreciated by the family.
The Marshall Group is also strongly associated with the Chariots of Fire event, with Sir Arthur Marshall (who was part of the 1924 Olympic Relay squad) being the events Honorary President for many years, a role now occupied by his son, Sir Michael Marshall. Each year Marshalls enter multiple teams in Chariots of Fire, however this is the first time their HR department has entered.
According to Allana Money “We wanted to take on the challenge and raise funds for a great charity; of course the competitive streak in us would like to win the race!” In addition to training, the team are actively raising additional sponsorship and are extremely grateful for the donations received so far and are definitely on schedule to smash their fundraising target, with still time to go.
They achieved this through a combination of activities. After registering for the race, they set up a Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/MarshallHotRods/ and set about promoting it, by featuring it in Marshall’s internal company bulletin most weeks, personal Social Media pages and even promoting the event on their work email signatures.
According to a member of Marshall Hot Rods “We would definitely encourage others to enter the race, it is the fun of taking part and raising funds for a well deserved Charity that makes it even better. Watch out for the Marshall Hot Rods on 21st September, we’ll be wearing personalised and branded t-shirts!”
According to race director Charles Hewitson “Chariots of Fire provide a perfect opportunity for local organisations to get involved. Entering a team(s) with your colleagues or friends really encourages camaraderie and team spirit, which is clearly evident on the day. We are delighted that the corporate community in Cambridgeshire are continuing to show their support for Chariots by taking part and raising sponsorship for Arthur Rank.”