Corby racing circuit gears up to boost charity

Lakelands Hospice's Brass Monkey Run at Rockingham Speedway earlier this year
Lakelands Hospice's Brass Monkey Run at Rockingham Speedway earlier this year

Charities are receiving a financial boost thanks to fundraising events at Rockingham racing circuit, Corby.

Marks & Spencer will be the latest organisation to take advantage of the venue when 1,200 employees take to the saddle for the retail giant’s annual Bike 24 endurance cycling challenge on Friday and Saturday (June 21/22).

A 5.9km circuit has been specially designed for the event to challenge the cyclists as they aim to raise more than £1.5m for their chosen charities, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer UK, Action Medical Research, Action Cancer and the Marie Keating Foundation.

Chief executive of Rockingham, Peter Hardman, said: “This year’s M&S Bike 24 Endurance challenge is aiming to break the record for the amount of money raised by their employees for their chosen charities.

“This is just one of many events Rockingham has supported over the years, and the amount raised we hope will make a huge difference to a lot of people’s lives, which is why we are delighted to be involved.”

In February, 250 athletes braved the elements to run around the UK’s only banked Oval and Europe’s fastest racing circuit, to take part in the annual Brass Monkey 10K fun run to raise money for Lakeland’s Day Care Hospice, Corby.

Since 2010, the event has raised more than £10,000 for Lakeland’s, which provides care and support for those living with cancer and other life threatening illnesses and their families in the north Northamptonshire area.

Automotive charity BEN returned in March, to host its annual cycle challenge with nine teams of four competing against each other on the International Super Sportscar Circuit to complete the most miles and raise the largest amount of money. The winners clocked up 450-miles, raising £700 in the process.

In April, the Sporting Bears Motor Club held a special event at Rockingham for their chosen charities, with members providing dream rides in 50 classic and sports cars for around 250 children and their families to enjoy.

Rockingham was also used in a special Top Gear-style driving challenge to raise awareness of the not-for-profit 353 charity, which supports the various charities which helps soldiers and their families. As part of the event held in May, participants completed a total of 353 miles around the banked Oval.

The 353 charity was set up by the family of Private Conrad Lewis of the 4th Battalion Parachute Regiment, who was the 353rd soldier to die in Afghanistan after being shot while on patrol in Helmand Province in February, 2011.

In addition to hosting charity events, Rockingham continues to forge strong links within the local community, in particular schools, and is proud to support their fundraising activities by donating race day tickets as prizes.