Staff from a car dealership and garage, led by the 75-year-old founder of the family firm, will be putting their best foot forward for a major charity event at the weekend.
STAFF from a car dealer and garage, led by the 75-year-old founder of the family firm, will be putting their best foot forward for a major charity event this weekend.
Nineteen people from Geoff Cox, based at Derby Road, Denby, will be swapping brochures, oil cans and spanners for running shoes on Sunday(March 23) as they take part in the Sport Relief charity run at Shipley Park.
And Geoff Cox himself will be taking part in the one-mile event, one of three distances that are being run at the Park as people of all ages stride out across the country to raise money for projects that help change lives at home and abroad.
Almost all the company’s staff will be taking part. Managing director Neil Cox said the initiative came from his son, Aidan, a University of Derby student who signed them up.
“I just told the staff and they accepted it,”said Neil. “Some of them have been in training, suffering with aches, pains and blisters in the process.
“Some have even changed their eating habits, with one swapping his usual kebab and chips for salad in an effort to boost his fitness.”
“It’s a busy time of the year but everybody has pulled together as a team.”
Neil will be running the six miles event, and his wife Angela and Aidan will be going for the three-mile run.
Aidan said: “I thought it would be a fun thing to do and show that we care for the community. Everyone is eager and enthusiastic to take part. I have done one mile before and nearly fell over so I’m hoping to do a little better.”
Grandad Geoff said: “We have done a few charity events before, particularly for local causes but this is the biggest effort we have done since we started in 1967.
“I have never done any running before but a do a lot of exercise and I’m looking forward to it.” Geoff will be accompanied by his 11-year-old giant poodle Cassie.
Technician Joe Davis(24), from Horsley Woodhouse, said: “I thought I was doing six kilometres but was then told it’s six miles!” Colleague Ben Horsnall (22), from Ilkeston, hopes to run three miles in fancy dress. “I do play parks football but not usually running,” he said.
The firm hopes to raise at least £500 through sponsorship for Sport Relief.