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In an effort to generate some much needed body heat to counter the effects of British Summertime, Cintra’s brave band of warriors proudly lined up in blue for this year’s annual Sunshine Run.

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 such luminaries 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 performers were once again Lorenzo Mugnai in a slower than usual (but still too fast for the rest of us) 25 minutes 37 seconds, closely followed by last year’s Cintra winner Paul Capocci in 25:52. Our CEO Carsten Staehr ensured the continental rout of Cintra’s Anglo Saxon descendants, finishing just behind Paul in a time of 25:58.

Other notable efforts were Cintra’s new receptionist Julie Purdy finished in a slow, but still blistering time and the photo finish between Cintra’s Michael Hughes and his Dad, Kelvin. Most improved performance however has got to be that of our Bureau Manager Suzanne Cowen who managed to trim 20 minutes off last year’s time of 1 hour and 2 minutes.

Credit should go to everyone who took part though, particularly the families and children of some of our staff who joined us in raising money 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:

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