Long Distance Chess Charity

Chess showed its continued commitment to supporting charities as it packed three intrepid adventurers off to the Americas last month.

The award winning Cheshire based telecoms company sponsored Martin Elliff, Katie Gabbitas and Rebecca Turner to complete separate tests of endurance on the other side of the world.

Martin and Katie flew to Peru to complete a gruelling 445km cycling challenge across the Andes, raising almost £6000 for Macmillan. The couple endured altitude sickness, saddle sores and meals of Guinea Pig and Llama during the 6 day marathon, taking in some breathtaking sights such as Lost City of the Inca’s – Machu Picchu. The couple rounded the once in a lifetime trip off, with a stay in the Amazon Rainforest and getting engaged!

And Rebecca jetted off to the states to run the New York City Marathon – her second this year for Children with Leukaemia. Becky completed the 26.2 mile course through New York’s 5 boroughs in 4 hours and 2 minutes, raising nearly £3000 for the charity in 2006.

“I LOVE New York,” she said. “I’m used to training on muddy hills in the peak district so it was a real treat to run past sights like the Statue of Liberty and over Brooklyn Bridge. It’s quite difficult not to be healthy at Chess! As well as the encouragement, support and sponsorship we receive we also get organic fruit and regular massages, which definitely helped after a long run the night before!”