If you spot four gentlemen in tweed cruising around the Wiltshire countryside in an old Jag – one is likely to be accountant Martin Gurney.
The 49-year-old is one of four businessmen rehearsing for a charity challenge with a difference. Known as the ScumRun, the event is made up of teams who have to travel in cars bought for less than £500. If the cars hold up, the teams will cover 3,000 miles across Northern Europe in four days.
Martin Gurney, who works at Haines Watts Swindon, based in Old Town, is a member of ‘The West Country Reds’. Three of the four members all happen to be supporters of Bristol City football club and they are taking part in this annual charitable event, which is a road trip from the UK to mystery destinations around Europe.
The route for each day is revealed each morning when drivers have to pass a breathalyser test before completing the next stage. The vehicles can range from Mercedes to fire engines and black cabs and many teams sleep in their cars overnight. This year’s event starts on Thursday May 19.
They have joined forces with other competitors to raise money for Action for A-T. Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T) is a progressive genetic condition which causes severe disability and is life-limiting. The charity supports families to live their lives to the full and funds medical research.
The team comprises Martin, aka ‘Bean Counter’, Nick Lee, aka ‘Fidget’, who works as a director at AXA Wealth, Nick’s son Tom Lee, aka ‘Milky Bar Kid,’ an IT expert, and they are ably assisted by Martin Williams, ‘Mechanic’, who is an apprentice for GKN Aerospace. As part of the spirit of ScumRun, teams are encouraged to dress up so this team have gone for the ‘tweed’ look.
Martin Gurney said: “We wanted to drive in style and some comfort. Our chief engineers, Tom and Martin, have already worked on the electrics, wheels and brakes and the welding work that’s been done on the car has just about blown our budget! But, we are hopeful that we will reach each daily destination and make merry with like-minded individuals.”
The team have set up a website and they are keen to get as much sponsorship as possible for the ScumRun’s designated charity. To date, ScumRun has raised more than £800,000 for children’s charities. For further details or to support the team click here.
Pictured above from left to right: Nick Lee, Martin Williams , Martin Gurney of Haines Watts Swindon and Tom Lee.