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Ben Thames Waterbike challenge trio ready for the river

On your Waterbike: Darren Guiver, managing director of Group 1 Automotive; Jon Wakefield, of Volvo; and Tim Tozer, chief executive of Allianz Partners UK & Ireland

Automotive industry leaders from Group 1 Automotive, Allianz Partners and Volvo are just days away from starting their epic Thames Waterbike challenge in aid of the Ben charity.

Following the River Thames from its source to London, Darren Guiver, managing director of Group 1 Automotive; Tim Tozer, chief executive of Allianz Partners UK & Ireland and Jon Wakefield, who heads up Volvo’s Swedish national sales company are set to spend 10 hours a day in the saddle as they take on the 171-mile route.

The challenge has already succeeded in raising £170,000 for Ben and Guiver, Tozer and Wakefield are on track to reach a fundraising target of £300,000.

Starting at Thames Head in Gloucestershire on Thursday (July 4) their challenge will end at the Thames Barrier in London, three days later, on Saturday July 7.

The trio will water-cycle until they reach the tidal Thames at Teddington, where, for safety reasons, they continue the last leg of their journey cycling on the Thames Path.

Their fund-raising journey can be tracked online here: (spectators are invited to come along and support)

Wakefield said: “We can’t wait to get going. It’s going to be really tough but worth every minute in the saddle. As daunting as it is, we’re really looking forward to it.

“If you can, come along and cheer us on, you can track our progress. Any further donations are very welcome – your support is going to spur us on. It’s all for a very worthy cause.”

Guiver said: “We’re very nearly there now and I’m looking forward to getting in the saddle and on the water.

“We’ve been training hard and we feel ready now. Thanks to everyone who has donated - and for those who haven’t yet, there’s still time.”

Tozer said: “We’re really excited about tackling this challenge in a week’s time. We’re prepped and ready to go.”

Matt Wigginton, Business Development Director at Ben, said: “We can’t wait to follow the guys on their journey.

“Each day starts at 8am and finish at 9pm or later, so they are going to be completely exhausted.

“This challenge is certainly not for the faint hearted.

“We will be watching on in awe and hope to see many other spectators there cheering them on.”

To donate to Ben in recognition of the efforts of Guiver, Tozer and Wakefield and their Thames Waterbike Challenge, visit

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