Runner rides home with Smart bike after Ealing Half Marathon draw
Christmas came early for one lucky runner when he won a Mercedes Smart e-bike, worth £2,500, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Brentford.
Thomas Eady had already notched a great time of 1:32.23 in the race, on September 28. And he had an extra reason to celebrate when his name was picked at random from more than 4,000 finishers to collect the prize.
The Hanwell resident, 31, will be able to give his legs a well-earned rest now, thanks to the battery-powered bike which can cover as much as 62 miles in one charge.
Thomas said: “I am thrilled to be the winner of the Mercedes Smart e-bike. This great prize is an additional incentive to take part in the Ealing Half Marathon and I am looking forward to covering lots of miles around the streets of Ealing and beyond.”
Mercedes-Benz Brentford is to sponsor the race for a third year, having led off runners in September’s race in a B-Class pace car, so another bike will be up for grabs for one lucky runner in 2015.
The dealership’s general manager Trevor Webb said his staff are already looking forward to taking part in next year’s race, on Sunday, September 27, with 14 employees having raised more than £400 for Macmillan Cancer Support in 2014.
“We’re always keen to support key community events and the Ealing Half Marathon helps us raise money for such an important cause, not to mention helping to keep our staff fit,” he said.
Event co-ordinator Sandra Courtney said: “We thank the Mercedes-Benz Brentford team for their invaluable support and look forward to working with them again in the future.”
Runners who want the chance to win a Mercedes bike can enter the 2015 race at www.ealinghalfmarathon.com. Entry costs £34 for affiliated runners and £36 for unaffiliated runners, and all finishers receive a distinctive medal.
For every entry received in December, the race team will be making a donation to good causes.
Beneficiaries will be the Ealing Churches Winter Night Shelter, which gives homeless people food and shelter during the winter, and A Mile in Her Shoes, a group which boosts the wellbeing and self-esteem of women who are at risk of homelessness by encouraging them to run.
For further details, visit www.ealinghalfmarathon.com. Like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/ealinghalf and follow @EalingHalf on Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest news about the Ealing Half Marathon.