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10 Mile run for St Luke’s Hospice
10 Mile run for St Luke's

10 Mile run for St Luke’s

Why I am sponsoring ‘Test Track Ten’ –
A St Luke’s Hospice fundraising event

One of the reasons is, of course, that this is a very good cause… but that’s not the whole story.

Firstly, perhaps I should explain what ‘Test Track Ten’ is all about. It is a unique ten-mile run that takes place on the Ford Motor Company’s UK test track at Dunton, near Basildon in Essex. The event is now in its fourth year, and the 2014 run will be held on Sunday 23rd February.

Back to my reasons for sponsoring all the management and promotional costs for this event. Not only was my Dad made very comfortable at the Hospice prior to his death, but he had worked for the Ford Motor Company for 20 years. During his time there, employed as a shop steward, he worked closely with Albert Passingham, who featured in the 2010 film ‘Made in Dagenham’ (Bob Hoskins played his part in the film). Whilst on strike, my Dad fitted brass doorsteps, in order to continue to pay the bills.

Dad also loved running, and competed in many marathons and half marathons.

So, you see, there were several reasons for deciding to offer corporate sponsorship for this particular event.

Would you be interested in running on the famous Ford Test Track, and help raise funds for Basildon’s St Luke’s Hospice? The event attracts novice runners who want a challenge, as well as seasoned competitors. A wheelchair race will also be included.

The entry fee is £15 in advance or £20 on the day. For further information, visit the St Luke’s website:, or call Kerry on 01268 524973.

Simon Holder,
Simon’s Bus – The Biggest Little Party Bus Company in Essex.

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