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Newby Castleman Gazelles gallop to the finish for charity

Four staff from chartered accountants Newby Castleman are celebrating after winning the prize for fastest women’s team in the Cummins Relay Challenge at the Leicester Half Marathon.

The ‘Newby Castleman Gazelles’ finished the race in a time of one hour and fifty minutes, with each team member running a distance of around three and a quarter miles.

Rebecca Chandler and Rebecca Tosh, both from Newby Castleman’s Audit & Advisory Services division, were joined by Marketing Manager Nicola Cooper and Secretary Claire Percival to make up the relay team.

The firm, which has offices in Leicester and Loughborough, paid the Gazelles’ entry fee, allowing them to focus on the task of raising as much sponsorship money as they could.

They were competing against teams from 35 other businesses and organisations in the annual challenge, ran along the Leicester Half Marathon route.

The organisers Cummins Solicitors set a target of £10,000 for the Leicestershire and Rutland hospice, LOROS, and they have surpassed this by some margin with nearly £13,000 raised to date.  

Two other staff at Newby Castleman, Richard Molloy and Andy Cowperthwaite, completed the Half Marathon separately in support of the company’s nominated charity, Hope Against Cancer.

Nicola, who completed the 4th leg of the relay said: “The relay race was a fantastic occasion to be a part of and a very rewarding experience. It has been the talk of the office among our colleagues in recent weeks and we’re really grateful for all of their support and sponsorship.

“To raise funds for a worthwhile cause like LOROS was a real incentive for the four of us to throw ourselves into the challenge. Likewise, I know Richard and Andy are delighted to have been able to support Hope Against Cancer through their own efforts.

“We love taking up sporting challenges at Newby Castleman – we’ve competed in Table Tennis tournaments and swimming relay races in the past, and I’m certain this won’t be our last half marathon relay - especially as we broke the two hour marker that our relay team set last year.”

Newby Castleman is one of the Midlands’ leading independent accountancy firms, with offices in Leicester and Loughborough. It offers a range of specialist financial services, business and tax advice for individuals and businesses. For further information, telephone the Leicester branch on 0116 254 9262, the Loughborough branch on 01509 263500 or visit the website at

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