The Ginetta boys never shy away from a challenge (or confectionery-based bribery) so when we brought all our leftover ‘Trick or Treat’ goodies into Head Office this morning, convincing them to join our Movember efforts was as simple as taking candy from a baby.
Self-appointed Ginetta ‘mum’ Ruth Gawthorpe rallied the troops in the workshop and although most of them already have some facial hair, no fewer than eight Ginetta superstars have committed not to shave or trim their beards again until December 1st. Nik Gawthorpe, Sam Stanton, John Stanton, Mark Webber, Sam Williams, Geoff Falconar, Sam Dolby and Ayrton Todd – we salute you!
You don’t have to grow the mo to save a bro though. There are plenty of people taking part in the ‘Move For Movember’ efforts. LNT Group CEO Matt Lowe, LNT Software MD Leigh Ellis and LNT Construction Planning Manager Jo Sutcliffe are each taking part in a 1958 challenge, in celebration of the year Ginetta was founded.
Not only that, but we have real-life radio and telly SUPERSTAR Andy Jaye on the cusp of joining our team, we reckon a bit of a beard and he’ll look just like a young Gandalf – who wouldn’t want that to their name?
The LNT Group will kick off their 2017 Movember efforts tomorrow morning and below are three examples of ways in which we will be raising both money and awareness for the charity.
We are really keen to expand our We Are Ginetta Movember team, so if you are doing ANYTHING to raise money this month, drop us a line via pr[AT]Ginetta.com or donate and / or join the team at the following link: http://moteam.co/we-are-ginetta
Leigh Ellis, Director of LNT Software.
I'll get the ball rolling (no pun intended) as part of the LNT Group efforts. I’ve previously grown the facial fuzz, but this year I’m going to be a part of the Move for Movember campaign.
Considering I haven't been in the gym for about a year, it’s about time I got myself back in the game. With that in mind, I’m signing myself up for a 1958 challenge to celebrate the year Ginetta was founded, and will do 1,958 push ups in November! Watch this space.
Matt Lowe, LNT Group CEO.
Bringing the fight to Ellis is our group CEO Matt Lowe. He’s never one to shy away from a challenge and gets involved in every single one of the Group’s fundraising activities. The Group motivator has put his money where his mouth is this Movember and has pledged to ascend 1,958m on his bike. That is the equivalent of climbing Scafell Pike twice!
He said of his efforts; “ I’ll be burning lots of calories so, as usual, all confectionary donations also gratefully received...” – standard Lowe.
Ruth Harrison, Ginetta PR & Marketing Executive
My father recently overcame prostate cancer, so to raise money for Movember, I’ve roped in my BFF Lo Parsons to launch ‘Operation Dash In A Tash’.
Together, we have set a benchmark time for how long it takes us to run 800m and will be training throughout November to improve our fitness levels before we try to beat our benchmarks LIVE on Talk Radio with our celebrity bezzi M, Andy Jaye.
As Ginetta HQ prepares for Movember, we have seen our first ‘move for Movember’ challenge get underway. Our PR & Marketing Executive Ruth Harrison has challenged herself to complete laps of the Talk Radio studio (read on for a sensible explanation) as part of team We Are Ginetta. Below, she explains….
Given my inability to grow any form of facial hair worth writing about, I contacted my buddy Andy Jaye at Talk Radio to ask if he would be up for setting me a ‘Move for Movember’ challenge, which we could co-promote using the power of the airwaves.
He came up with the idea of me taking on an 800m running challenge which involved in completing said distance in as short a time possible. We agreed to set a benchmark time prior to the start of November, and then see how I was getting on mid-November.
To make things interesting, we decided to make the 800m sprint into a challenge. Ginetta vs. The Motor Show. I would be representing Ginetta whilst Lo Parsons, our very own ‘weekend warrior’ who works as Championship Assistant during BTCC events would represent The Motor Show.
Adding an extra level of competition were our newly recruited ‘personal trainers’ - I managed to rope in multiple Ginetta Champion and Sir Chris Hoy’s ELMS winning teammate from 2015, Ginetta factory driver Charlie Robertson, whilst Lo would be trained by Richard Jones from the Ord Academy in Godalming, Personal Trainer of the Year 2015.
So, Sunday 16 October was the day we set our benchmark time. On our way to Donington Park – the venue for Day One - both myself and Lo decided it would be a good charity challenge, but we wouldn’t go ‘mad’ on trying to become Mo Farrah. That was until we set our times.
Now, when I saw the course, I’ll admit, I thought “easy”. I’ve been doing Gillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred for a good year now and I feel fairly fit. How wrong I was. 800m took me a colossal 4m 14s, with Lo only doing marginally better with a 3m 43s effort – and after it, we had to stop for a coffee and some cake.
So, on the way home, we made a pact to take this ‘really, flipping seriously’ and make sure to improve our own personal fitness. What we had entered into thinking would be ‘a bit of a laugh; suddenly got serious. So much so that two training sessions in 24 hours later and I’ve got some pretty big blisters on my feet.
I popped into the gym today and managed to ‘cover’ – I say cover, as it was a mix of running and power walking – 3km in 25 minutes exactly. A worse ratio than my benchmark efforts, but I’ll be blogging whether or not I actually managed to bring that number down over the course of the challenge.
So, if you were thinking about joining us for Movember, whether it be as a tache’ grower or a fitness fiend, do share your efforts with us so we can share in shouting about our progress.