Racing for a cause – Members of the Kia UK team run the London Marathon May 25th, 2017
The London Marathon is one of six international long-distance races and a top annual fund raising event. The race attracts more than thirty thousand amateur runners who train rigorously to complete the 42.195 km around the River Thames and raise money for various charity organizations.
This year, two members of the Kia Motors UK team joined the challenge. President and Chief executive Paul Philpott and Customer Service Manager Sonia Appleby stepped up to the course after more than a year of training to finish the race and raise more than £45,000 for the charities of their choice.
Mr. Philpott ran to support Kia’s UK charity partner The Children’s Trust, an organization that provides a support system for young people affected by brain injuries. Mr. Philpott completed the long-distance course in 4 hours and 17 minutes, raising more than £37,000.
Ms. Appleby finished in 5 hours and 5 minutes, raising another £8,000 on behalf of the Shooting Star Chase organization. The money she has raised will be used to provide specialized hospice care and support for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
“Completing the London Marathon was a fantastic experience and it was a privilege to take part on behalf of The Children’s Trust,” Mr. Philpott said of the race. Ms. Appleby added, “It has been a hard year building up to the marathon – but it was worth every minute.”
Congratulations to both runners on this magnificent feat. We applaud your dedication and tireless efforts!