Resplendent in their black T-shirts with our silver logo emblazoned across the front, Cintra’s own 24 super-heroes lined up against 600 of the region’s best (and worst) athletes to raise some funds for this good cause.

The Sunshine Fund was established in 1923 by King George V on his visit to Tyneside to commemorate the opening of the Tyne Bridge, during which he paid for some of the underprivileged children of the region to have a day at the seaside.

Supported by local celebrities such as Sir Bobby Robson, Ant & Dec, Jonathan Edwards, Steve Cram and Rob Andrew etc. The Sunshine Fund was adopted by the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, and has raised many thousands of pounds for sick and under-privileged children in the North East.

Our star performer this year was once again Lorenzo Mugnai, who covered the 5 km course faster than a speeding bullet, crossing the line in a super-human time of 24 minutes and 20 seconds – more than a minute faster than his time from last year!

2nd across the line in a Cintra T-shirt was a guest of our CEO Carsten Staehr, Francis Barber from Newcastle University, closely followed in by Carsten himself, who used a dodgy knee as the excuse for his lacklustre showing.

As the baton passes to the new generation of Cintra Sunshine runners, our stalwart of many years, Paul Capocci from Support, failed to make the Cintra podium for the first time in living memory!

Flagbearer for the Cintra ladies was once again Claire Thornton, closely followed by Bureau Supervisor Catherine Tsang and our Bureau Manager Suzanne Cowen’s eight year old daughter Megan, who showed a clean pair of heels to her mum and the rest of the Cintra ladies, so well done to Megan!

The Cintra troops providing a sterling rearguard action were Sarah Duffie from Sales, who pushed one year old daughter Elisha along in her pram and Sheena Clerkin from the Bureau, who despite suffering from severe blistering due to the Kalahari-like temperatures we often get on Newcastle’s Quayside in early July, soldiered on gamely to finish the course.

Credit should go to everyone who took part though, particularly the families and children of some of our staff who joined us in raising around £1,000 for this extremely good cause and in the process, put the rest of us to shame with their athletic performances.

Any Cintra clients wishing to make a donation should contact our Marketing Manager, Katrina Brownless, or CEO Carsten Staehr. All contributions, no matter how small, will be gratefully received.

Alternatively, you can visit and make a donation via the Sunshine Fund’s website:, or call them on 0191 2016183.


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