Motorpoint manager raises over £2,500 for hospice completing 100km challenge

02 October 2020 Press Release

Motorpoint’s Chris Northern has raised over £2,500 for charity after successfully completing a gruelling 100km run late last month

“I’ve been absolutely blown away by the donations from people all over the country for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. It’s been very humbling”

The 37 year old Preparation Support Manager at Motorpoint Peterborough ran the Jurassic Coast Ultra 100K to raise money for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice which is based in Longthorpe in the city - even though the official event had been postponed until next year due to COVID-19.

Chris, who recently took up running again after a serious motorbike accident forced him to hang up his trainers for a number of years, completed the 100K along the iconic Dorset coastline with good friend and running wingman Dave Edis in 15 hours and 15 minutes before celebrating completing the course with a further five kilometre run and then a one mile swim in the sea.

“I am clearly a glutton for punishment,” explains Chris, who has worked for the UK’s largest independent car retailer for one and a half years. “I needed to warm down after such a long time running but I clearly got a bit carried away and had to stop myself otherwise I probably would have ended up running the course again.

“I love swimming, and generally being outdoors, so I also went for a long swim in the sea as well. It wasn’t the warmest but it was a great feeling and a great way to unwind after so many months of training. I can’t thank people enough for their generosity. I’ve been absolutely blown away by the donations from people all over the country for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. It’s been very humbling.”

The ULTRA 100K route, which takes in Portland Bill, West Bay’s famous cliffs, immortalised in the TV series ‘Broadchurch’, as well as the picturesque town of Bridport, was the furthest either Chris or Dave have run to date.

But, after completing the Ultra 100K, Chris has already set his sights on going one step further and taking part in an Iron Man event, once again in aid of the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, hopefully next year.

Chris added: “The 100K really whet my appetite and now I know I can complete the distance I’ve set my sights on an Iron Man event in 2021. I am already in training and looking forward to putting on my Sue Ryder running top once again and pushing myself even further in order to help those that help others in Peterborough at the Hospice.”

Nilesh Patel, Senior Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, added: “Everyone at the hospice is in absolute awe of the epic challenge Chris has completed to raise vital funds for local families needing our support. The money Chris has raised could pay for 119 hours of our expert and compassionate palliative care, helping us be there when it matters for people in Peterborough and surrounding communities. We’re looking forward to supporting Chris in his next challenge and want him to know that we are with him every step, swim stroke and spin of the pedal!”

Motorpoint is a long-standing supporter of the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. Staff at the branch, which is based on Edgerly Drain Road in the city, have hosted a number of major fundraising events for the charity, including a Drive In Cinema last year.

Motorpoint Peterborough, which is a short drive from the A1, stocks over 500 low mileage, nearly new cars and light commercial vehicles available from over 30 different manufacturers. Every vehicle comes with the balance of manufacturer’s warranty backed by the Motorpoint Price Promise. This means Motorpoint will refund the difference to any customer within seven days of their order if they find the same car cheaper from a competitor. As an added bonus, it will also give the customer £50 worth of Amazon vouchers to spend.

Motorpoint has also made contactless collection standard at all of its branches in the wake of COVID-19. This facility allows customers to adhere to the latest social distancing guidelines and choose, buy and drive away without any physical contact with a member of staff. This includes Motorpoint’s Unaccompanied Test Drive offering where customers can test drive their chosen vehicle without someone from Motorpoint being present in the car.

In the community

Motorpoint is proud to work with Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. For more info on the work they do, please visit https://www.sueryder.org/how-we-can-help/sue-ryder-thorpe-hall-hospice.