DUNTON, England – Employees at Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre braved temperatures of over 30 degrees to take part in last month’s Dunton 2014 Sports Event.
The event was staged to celebrate Ford’s partnership with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. As well as taking part in the event itself, staff and supporters raised over £6,000 for UNICEF UK, the official Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Charity.
Participants could choose to take part in a number of different activities – a football/netball tournament, cycling (4 laps of the test track), running (2 laps of the test track) or walking (1 or 2 laps of the test track).
Over a dozen people elected to take part in all three track events, while some 30 people took part in two. In addition, the cycling event was joined by a Penny Farthing, ridden by Paul Fay. The team which developed the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine completed the walking event 3-legged style, to celebrate the engine winning an unprecedented three International Engine of the Year awards.
Entertainment on the day was provided by Dunton’s own DJ duo Matt Jackson and Darren Bull, with technical support from Dave Spicer. Nathan Roulson, Mark Gibson and Sean Edwards – official Baton Bearers for the Commonwealth Games – started each of the track events.
Ruth Freeborough, who organised the event, said: “‘It was an amazing day! To watch so many colleagues come together to not only support the event, but to raise a significant amount of money for UNICEF UK. It was a great example of how Dunton can Go Further and #playyourpart.”