Stevenage couple win Beaujolais Run charity challenge

PUBLISHED: 13:09 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:09 29 November 2017

Darren and Lorraine Standing with their Aston Martin ahead of the Beaujolais Run. Picture: Darren Standing

Darren and Lorraine Standing with their Aston Martin ahead of the Beaujolais Run. Picture: Darren Standing

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A Stevenage racing driver diagnosed with a chronic illness has won a charity challenge in France.

At the starting line for the Beaujolais Run. Picture: Darren StandingAt the starting line for the Beaujolais Run. Picture: Darren Standing

Darren Standing, 52, and his wife Lorraine – Team Shaken not Stirred – came up trumps in the Beaujolais Run at the wheel of a classic Aston Martin, heading into the Burgundy wine country.

The couple, who were celebrating 30 years of marriage, raised hundreds of pounds for the Henry Surtees Foundation – which supports the UK air ambulances – and Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

The latter cause is particularly dear to Darren as he has Crohn’s disease, a condition affecting the gastrointestinal tract.

Darren said: “Our class was the most difficult class – for classic cars, using only traditional maps, over the two-day navigational event.

“We’re obviously extremely pleased given it was our first time on the run.”

If you’d like to support their fundraising, look up Team Shaken not Stirred at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/shakennotstirreddoesthebeaujolaisrun2017.

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