Delphi’s pedal BEN charity win

Delphi engineers from the Gillingham Technical Centre have won a gruelling 12-hour cycle challenge at the Rockingham circuit and raised more than £700 for charity.

Pedalling more than 450 miles around the Rockingham Motor Speedway on March 18, the four-man team came first in the marathon cycling challenge for motor industry charity BEN.

“We are glad to have been able to take part in the event and raise money for BEN, a charity which Delphi has supported for a number of years mainly through our annual ‘Excellence Week’ activities,” said team leader and senior development engineer Lloyd James.

“As keen cyclists, the opportunity to take part in the 24 hour event was too good to miss. Bad weather halved the amount of time available, so reaching our target for the event a lot harder than expected, but we managed anyway and are all looking forward to taking part again next year.”

Lloyd and his team; principal applications engineer Matthew Norris, principal engineer Paul Buckley, and design engineer Keith Walker completed a total of 242 laps of the Rockingham international circuit between them, with Keith reaching the highest total of 67. On their way to overall victory at the event the four engineers topped the table after hitting their target, despite adverse weather halving the available time for the event to only 12 hours from its intended 24.

BEN is the only occupational charity for those who work or have worked in the automotive and related industries. Founded in 1905, the charity provides support and advice to more than 15,000 men and women and their families every year on a variety of issues including physical and mental health, disability, benefits, housing matters and financial issues. Delphi’s fit foursome is meeting BEN’s regional manager Tracey Brislen on Thursday 21 March at 11am for a hand over ceremony.

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