Roofing Racers… we salute you!

For the tenth consecutive year Roofing Racers ran, swam and cycled to the finishing line, all in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Proudly representing the Roofing, Building Plastics and Windows industries 21 Roofing Racers teams of three and 41 individuals, embraced the challenge of the 750 kilometer swim in the River Thames, followed by a 20 kilometer bike ride and a 5 kilometer run.

Every individual and team that took part in this iconic event showed amazing dedication to their training, fund raising efforts and participation on the day. Without them and their truly heroic efforts we would not have raised an incredible £460,000 for the chosen charities.

With every member of the Roofing Racers team putting in a winning performance, there were some that really wowed us with their times:

Category Name Time
Fastest Man Bernie Fyans 01:17:00
Fastest Woman Ellen Curtis 01:33:30
Fastest Over 50 Dave King 01:30:11
Fastest Team Ubbink Team 01:25:35

Well done to them and all that took part!

After the event more than 230 Roofing Racers, their friends, families and colleagues boarded the Dixie Queen boat and took a trip down the Thames. With those that had completed the swim… returning to the same river that they had swam in just a few hours earlier! Great fun was had by all, with dancing late into the night – with everyone celebrating the achievements of the day and the last 10 years in style.

Awards were given out in recognition to those with the fastest times and particular acknowledgments were made to those who had faced and overcome personal challenges. The evening was a great success, with lots of fun and comradery had by all!

All of the Roofing Racers team’s efforts are made to raise money for our two charities; Great Ormond Street Hospital and Macmillan Cancer Support. So far, the team this year have raised £40,000 – with an amazing £460,000 raised in the last 10 years! The money raised makes a great difference to these charities:

Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, with the broadest range of dedicated children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK.

The support Roofing Racers has provided to Koala and neurosciences at Great Ormond Street Hospital has been invaluable. With their continued and generous support we are able to fund many pieces of equipment, new research projects, support workers to help families and so much more.

Macmillan Cancer Support reports that by the end of 2016 1000 people every day will hear the devastating news that they have cancer.

The money raised by Roofing Racers since the event started in 2006 has made a huge difference to the lives of people affected by cancer. The fundraising has helped Macmillan fund four Macmillan nurses for a year – helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

SIG’s Managing Director, Andrew Wakelin tells us of his pride in Roofing Racers: “We are thrilled to be able to say that this is the tenth anniversary of Roofing Racers. Every year we see more and more of our colleagues and friends participate in the event which continues to grow the support our great charities. We are hugely proud of the amount of money we have raised over the ten years for GOSH and Macmillan Cancer support. None of this of course would be possible without the camaraderie we see from the Roofing, Building Plastics and Window industry.”

Well done Roofing Racers… we definitely salute you!!

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