c2c team swap the train track for the race track!
A team from National Express operator c2c completed a 5km race around London's Hyde Park in aid of local south Essex charity Havens Hospices.
Paul Atherfold, c2c's Operations Standards Manager, entered a team of eight c2c employees into the annual event, where they were joined by 200 other runners from all across Essex to support Havens Hospices. c2c contributed towards the cost of their entry fees and combined with a collection among c2c staff raised over £250 to help the charity's work.
Paul is a keen runner with the Yaxley Running Club and, when he's not in the driver's seat of a Class 357 speeding along the c2c route, he's often seen running around the race track at full speed during the evenings and weekends.
Needless to say, Paul was one of the first back across the finishing line and helped cheer on the rest of the c2c team as they finished the race around Hyde Park's Serpentine. The other c2c employees taking part were from c2c's Operations, Marketing, Communications and Customer Relations teams.
Havens Hospices is a charity which offers respite and care for adults and children at the end of their lives. This free, specialist care is there for as long as it's needed, within the home and at the charity's two hospices.
Paul Atherfold said: "c2c is very much part of the local community in South Essex and we wanted to show our support to Havens Hospices. We had a great afternoon taking part and, more importantly, were really pleased we could raise some money for the charity."
Last year the National Express charity panel donated £400 to fund coaching qualifications for the coaches for the junior section at Yaxley Running Club.