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Transaid has published new dates for its Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) cycle challenge, with riders from across the transport and logistics industry being invited to saddle up between Tuesday 2nd and Saturday 13th June 2020. The changes have been incorporated into a new fundraising pack for prospective riders and corporate supporters which is available to download from www.transaid.org. Transaid hopes the event will raise significant funds to support its primary goals of improving commercial driving standards and ensuring better access to healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa. Florence Bearman, Head of Fundraising at Transaid, says: “After a period of reflection following Cycle Zambia 2018, we are now firmly focused on a grand depart from Land’s End on 2nd June 2020. “This is a truly iconic ride for any bike-it bucket list and we’ll be following the same 972-mile route taken by thousands of riders every year. Plus, we’re offering opportunities for both single riders and teams to get involved, enabling groups of friends and colleagues to share in both the pedalling and fundraising.” Transaid is partnering with cycle tour specialist Classic Challenge to organise the event, with single riders able to sign-up for either the full 12-day adventure (travelling home on Sunday 14th June), or to any number of the four three-day legs. Relay teams can include up to four riders, each tackling one leg of the journey – and with companies invited to enter multiple teams. Alan Hunt, Managing Director of trailer manufacturer Schmitz Cargobull UK – and one of the first to sign up as a solo rider – says: “LEJOG is about the whole industry coming together to support Transaid. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the chance to do something truly amazing to help others; no doubt with some valuable networking included along the way!” Individual cyclists signing up to do the challenge end-to-end must pay a £250 registration fee and raise a minimum sponsorship target of £2,750. For a single stage of the challenge, there is a £150 registration fee and commitment to raising at least £1,250 in sponsorship. Teams of four riders riding one stage each will pay a group registration fee of £400 and must raise at least £4,000 collectively. The 2020 event will take riders through many of the UK’s top scenery hotspots, from the picturesque lanes of Cornwall up to the stunning hills and glens of the Scottish Highlands. For more information and to find out how you can support the organisation, visit www.transaid.org.

After joining original equipment (OE) manufacturer and system supplier HELLA, as the company’s national sales manager last May, Martin McGreevy has now been appointed to the position of Sales Director, IAM.

“Having recruited Martin for his experience and ability to manage national accounts, his wider skills have subsequently come to the fore and so, to elevate him to the role of sales director, has become a natural next step,’ explained Managing Director, Matthew Say. “Despite the current challenging market conditions, the UK business is enjoying a period of sustained growth and we feel that Martin is the obvious candidate to coordinate the sales team to ensure this continues over the long-term.”

“My assimilation into the business has been smoother than even I could have imagined and the team around me has responded with great positivity from the moment I walked through the door,” said Martin. “I believe that atmosphere and enthusiasm for the business will grow further as together, we endeavour to fulfil the great potential the company still has to offer the UK aftermarket.”

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