Motorpoint manager to run gruelling 100km challenge in aid of charity

11 September 2020 Press Release

Motorpoint employee Chris Northern is set to embark on his most gruelling challenge ever next week – all in aid of charity

“We can’t wait now for next week and the chance to pull on our Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice running tops on the day and head out to complete the 100K!”

The 37 year old Preparation Support Manager at Motorpoint Peterborough is set to complete the Jurassic Coast Ultra 100km on September 18 to raise up to £2,500 for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.

Chris, who recently took up running again after a serious motorbike accident forced him to hang up his trainers for a number of years, is aiming to complete the 100km along the iconic Dorset coastline with good friend and running wingman Dave Edis in less than 18 hours – even though the official event has been cancelled until next year due to COVID-19.

“I was absolutely gutted when they announced that the 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID-19,” explains Chris, who has worked for the UK’s largest independent car retailer for one and a half years. “But I was determined to not let all of the training as well as the fund raising go to waste, especially as it’s for such a great cause, so Dave and I agreed to run the course together anyway.”

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, will be the furthest either Chris or Dave have run to date. But neither of them are daunted by the challenge ahead.

“We’ve been spending most evenings as well as weekends getting ready for the big day,” added Chris. “It’s the furthest either of us has ever run but we’re in great shape and ready and raring to go. We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed with the support we’ve had from everyone at Motorpoint as well as the wider community in Peterborough. We can’t wait now for next week and the chance to pull on our Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice running tops on the day and head out to complete the 100K.”

Nilesh Patel, Senior Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, added:  “We are extremely grateful to Chris and Dave for agreeing to run the Jurassic Coast ULTRA 100k on behalf of the hospice. Everyone at the hospice shares their heartfelt thanks and wishes them all the best of luck in their mammoth challenge.

“We know times are tough for everybody at the moment, and with cancelled fundraising events and continuing additional costs for purchasing PPE for our doctors and nurses now, more than ever, we need the support of our local community so we can continue to be there when it matters.

Nilesh said: "This is why Chris' support means so much to us. The money he raises will really help make a difference to the support we provide to people over the age of 18 from in and around Peterborough living with a life-limiting condition.”

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.

To find out more about Chris's fundraiser as well as to donate click here

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.