Magnet, Lane4 and Shanly raring to go in Cracker Charity Challenge

Magnet, Lane4 and Shanly raring to go in Advertiser Charity Challenge

Simon Meechan

Magnet, Lane4 and Shanly raring to go in Cracker Charity Challenge

A host of teams have signed up to take on the Advertiser in its inaugural Cracker Charity Challenge.

The tournament at Braywick Park on Thursday, July 3, will see squads of co-workers and friends take each other on at  volleyball, running, tag-rugby, five-a-side football and rounders.

Lane4's training regime included gruelling evenings in the pub

It raises money for the Advertiser’s Cracker Appeal, which funds parties and days out for deserving groups around Maidenhead.

Staff from any business founded by an Olympic gold medallist should fancy their chances in a sports tournament and consultants Lane4 are no different.

Consultancy Lane4 was founded by Adrian Moorhouse, a gold medal winning swimmer at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

"We've got half a dozen people here who have got Olympic medals, but none of them will be participating," said Justin Warhurst, finance director at the Bourne End-based company.

"But we come from a background of champions and that’s what we intend to be."

The 32-year-old Manchester United fan added: "We have a detailed training plan which involved going to the pub on Friday and working it out."

The Shanly Group is also competing. Operations director Tamra Booth said the company is a long-term supporter of the appeal, which, she says, brings businesses, residents and the community together.

She added: "We will be entering a couple of teams and would certainly like to be the first to get our names on the trophy.

"We are ready for the challenge."

The Magnet team is confident their fitness will lead to glory


The Magnet Leisure Centre in Holmanleaze is also entering and confident of doing well.

Fitness consultant Anjuli Dare said: "With naturally fit and sporting staff the Magnet Leisure Centre will easily take home the trophy for charity champions."

Entry for the Charity Challenge costs £100 per team of six to eight people.

It is open to all. To find out more email Louisa Mace on or call her on 01628 678219.

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