Foster picks up the pace for 127-mile charity slog

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Employees from a leading commercial refrigeration specialist took part in a duathlon challenge to raise funds for the breast cancer care unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Seven employees from Foster Refrigerator took part in the Foster-a-thon challenge to cycle and run to the brand’s sister company, Gamko, based in the Netherlands.

The journey of 127 miles was carried out as a duathlon with each of the team completing a 54-mile cycle ride, along with a 23-mile run over nearly 15 hours.

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The team left King’s Lynn, running and riding the 75 miles to Harwich Port, where they caught the overnight ferry to Holland and then finished the event with a 52-mile bike ride to Gamko.

The seven members, Gemma Morley, Paddy Thompson, Kevin Piggott, Dave Ward, Jason Stone, Steve Mickleburgh and Pete Waterman, who represented a cross section of departments at Foster, managed to raise £1,100 for the unit.

Chris Faull from Foster Refrigerator, who organised the event, said: “We’ve been training hard and competed in other events leading up to it to help us prepare. We work really closely with Gamko, so it’s great to be able to visit the team there, even if it is a slight unusual way to travel.

“We’re sure the money will help the unit, and no doubt we’ll come up with another crazy idea soon enough to raise even more!”

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