March 28 2013.

On March 18th, a day of thick mist and freezing cold, 36 determined riders set out on the BEN 24 Hour Cycle Challenge at the Rockingham Motor Speedway. For some the target was to break the existing record, for others it was merely survival. But as ever, raising money for the automotive charity was the real objective for everyone.

After a weather delay the cyclists finally took to the track for an event that had to be reduced to 12 hours, not that it deterred a determined team from Delphi Engineers in Gillingham who covered over 450 miles - the equivalent of cycling from Gillingham to York and back! They were also one of the top fundraisers with over £700 going to BEN.

Lloyd James, leader of the winning team commented: 'We are glad to have been able to take part in the event and raise money for BEN, a charity which Delphi has supported for a number of years.' And added: 'We are all looking forward to taking part again next year and breaking our record.'

'This was a challenge in every sense of the word. I have nothing but admiration and respect for the riders who took part and their commitment to supporting BEN. Hopefully we can look forward to better conditions next year; they certainly couldn't be any worse! As interest in this event continues to grow we hope to see even more entries in 2014,' said Warren Neal, Events and Exhibitions Co-ordinator at BEN.