NGK’s Stuart Bayne completes marathon charity challenge

NGK employee Stuart Bayne has competed for the second time in the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for charity.

Stuart, who is Sales Manager – North for NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, completed the course in 5 hrs 44 mins, beating his last year’s time by more than thirty minutes.

His efforts have raised more than £1800 for the Downs Syndrome Association (DSA), which continues to support people with Downs Syndrome to live full and active lives, through programmes such as Workfit, enabling people to find employment, and the DSA Active activity programme.

Stuart, who over the past few years has raised a staggering £62,500 for the DSA via a number of fund-raising exploits including sponsored cycle rides in Europe and New Zealand, said: “It was really hard work this year. I had hoped to complete the marathon in under five hours, but I set off too fast as I got caught up in the atmosphere and suffered after running the first 11 miles in two hours one minute. Having said that I’m pleased to have beaten last year’s time by more than half-an-hour.

“I knew what to expect having competed last year and once again the crowds were fantastic and really supportive. It was estimated about one million people were on the streets cheering on the runners which is amazing.”

If you wish to donate to Stuart’s fund-raising page, you can still do so until May 28 by logging on to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com and entering his name.