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Among the 35,000 runners in Sunday’s Virgin London Marathon, the British Racing Drivers’ Club had 14 representatives running in support of CLIC Sargent.

It started as an idea of Olly Gavin’s last Autumn and he discussed it with BRDC Director Ross Hyett at the BRDC Awards Lunch. It grew from there and the drivers have been training hard for weeks.

The BRDC team included some of the top young racing drivers in the country and they all banded together under their Club flag to raise a target of £50,000 for children suffering from cancer and leukaemia.

Andy Priaulx, Oliver Gavin, Darren Turner, Jonny Kane, Johnny Mowlem, Guy Smith, Charlie Hollings, Rob Barff, Richard Westbrook, Peter Dumbreck, Marino Franchitti, Stuart Hall, Marc Hynes & BRDC Club Secretary, Stuart Pringle stepped up to the 26.2 mile challenge to raise funds and awareness for this worthwhile charity. Sadly Sean Edwards was unable to run due to racing commitments in Germany but will be scheduling a date on his return to run his own marathon.

CLIC Sargent is a well established children’s cancer charity, providing clinical, practical and emotional support to children, young people and their families. Their work includes providing specialist nurses to provide care during hospital stays and visits; these nurses can also visit the child's home to provide some treatments. Other than clinical care, they provide a helpline, family care & support, financial support, holidays, play specialists and services for young children. An important arm of their charity is the vital research that is dedicated to improving survival rates, reducing side effects and minimizing the emotional impact of childhood cancer.

To help with fundraising, the BRDC and runners hosted a Charity Lunch at Plaisterers’ Hall, London on Friday 23 April. A host of top names from British Motorsport attended with BBC’s F1 presenter Jake Humphrey compering for the afternoon. Prior to the lunch, the runners had already raised an incredible £40,000 on the JustGiving page ( With the auction, led by BRDC Chairman Robert Books, silent auction and pledges, guests were extremely generous and raised an astonishing further £35,000!

The marathon itself bought new personal best times with Olly Gavin running a very impressive 02:54, Jonny Kane (marathon debut) and Stuart Hall both coming in at 02:59.

The whole team did fantastically well, especially making great efforts to get to the UK with the air travel problems last week.

“I'm so delighted with my time today,” said a sore, but elated, Oliver Gavin. “I never thought I'd get under 2:55, so to beat that was the icing on the cake, especially after the week I've had. Everyone on the BRDC team has done really well, I'm thrilled we've managed to raise so much money for CLIC Sargent.”

“I managed to get a blister just three miles into the run,” Darren Turner said. “It wasn’t just any old blister either as it even made the medic I saw afterwards wince! To start with I ignored it and kept going but at the 15-mile mark I was seriously considering calling it a day. Luckily Oliver Gavin had given me a bit of a heads up and suggested I take something with me to fix blisters, effectively a puncture repair kit for humans. I was starting to get pain all over the place as I wasn’t putting weight on my foot properly so I stopped, patched myself up, and managed to make it to the end somehow.”

The Club regrets to report on the death of Alan Minshaw, who was elected as a BRDC Member in 1984
The Club regrets to report on the death of Ray Thackwell who was elected as a BRDC Member in 1957
The Club regrets to report on the death of Ron Bennett, who was elected as a BRDC Associate Member in 1963
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