Stevenage couple win Beaujolais Run charity challenge

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

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

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 Standing

At the starting line for the Beaujolais Run. Picture: Darren Standing - Credit: Archant

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.


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“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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