Eventprofs lap over 1,000 miles around Silverstone

Twenty-five event professionals from all sectors of the industry took part in the inaugural event industry charity cyclathon at Silverstone yesterday.

Covering 279 miles in the 3-hour endurance race, Team Velo Rosso, made up of Nick Grecian (Gallowglass Group), Jon Sigsworth (Gallowglass Crewing Ltd), Gary Wootton (TRO), Gosia Cyganowska (specialist event photographer) and James Emery (Le Col) won the event overall.

Utilising the Grand Prix circuit for the race and the state-of-the art event facilities at the Silverstone Wing Conference & Exhibition Centre for the support teams and logistics, five teams of event professionals took part in the endurance cycle race, raising money for charities including Events For Namuwongo, Meeting Needs, Walk Tall and Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

Nick Grecian, team captain of Team Velo Rosso and managing director of Gallowglass Group, said, “It was an amazing opportunity to take part in this inaugural charity event. To be at Silverstone, such an iconic venue, using the garages and amazing event spaces as well as out on the track was an incredible experience. Congratulations to all the teams that took part and congratulations to the rest of my team for winning the trophy!”

Chris Zachar, head of sales at the Silverstone Wing said, “The Grand Prix circuit is synonymous with racing and all the teams were excited to be able to take the track on two non-motorised wheels! With the iconic Silverstone Wing Conference & Exhibition Centre as the backdrop, it was a pleasure to host the event professionals from across the sector in their efforts to raise money for charity.”

There is still time to donate to the charities. The donation links are:

Team Silverstone

Team Ragazze Rosa

Team tfconnect

Team Velo Rosso

Team Meeting Needs donated directly to the charity rather than fundraise.

Team Silverstone, supporting Meeting Needs

  • Chris Zachar, head of sales, The Silverstone Wing
  • Olly Wiltshire, corporate sales manager, The Silverstone Wing
  • Hannah Irving, finance director, The Silverstone Wing
  • James Holifield, venue manager, The Silverstone Wing
  • Katie Tyler, head of marketing and communications, The Silverstone Wing

Team tfconnect, supporting Event for Namuwongo

  • Trevor Foley, MD, tfconnect
  • Chris Skeith, CEO, Association of Event Organisers
  • Denzil Rankine, executive chairman, AMR International
  • Shaun Ormrod, CEO, Farnborough International
  • Anna John, partner, Mayfield Media Strategies

Team Velo Rosso, supporting Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

  • Nick Grecian, Group MD, Gallowglass Group
  • Jon Sigsworth, MD, Gallowglass Crewing Ltd
  • Gary Wootton, operations director, TRO
  • Gosia Cyganowska, specialist event photographer
  • James Emery, UK sales manager, Le Col

Team Meeting Needs

  • Richard Waddington, chair, EMA and Pure Events
  • Chris Foy, head of business visits and events, Visit Britain
  • Chris McQue, director of buyer relations, Worldwide Events
  • Philip Atkins, MD, Off To Work
  • Paul Southern, MD, Central Hall Westminster

Team Ragazze Rosa, supporting Against Breast Cancer, Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK and Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

  • Laura Moody, MD, Blondefish
  • Laura Owler
  • Mandy Martin, director, Oliver & Learn
  • Tracy Corbett, organiser of cycle events and Welsh Ewe Coaching
Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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