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15th May 2019

Stonegate Pub Company Spartan Chariot Race for Cancer Research

Stonegate Pub Company's Spartan Journey 2017 from Danson Stables, Bexleyheath, to The Alice, Houndsditch, in aid of Noah's Ark children's charity.

 Starting Point:  The Minories, 64-73 Minories, London EC3N 1JL

 When:  Thursday 20th June 2019, 11:30am

 Stonegate Pub Company’s southern division, comprised of 114 pubs, will be taking part in a Spartan chariot cycling race on 20th June 2019 to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

The participants will complete the strenuous five-mile race around central and east London in full Spartan dress, while pedalling in teams of ten on eight cycle chariots. 

From now until mid-June, all the pubs in the southern region will be competing to win seats on one of eight chariots; there is one chariot for each Area Manager’s region in the south. The pubs which raise the most money for charity in their area will be allocated a place on one of the chariots.

The fundraising race is already underway, with the pubs coming up with many imaginative ways to encourage their customers and local community to donate, either online at:, or in collection buckets in the pubs.

On race day, eight teams of riders will begin the circuit in staggered starts, with their 60-90 minute endeavour ending back at the starting point. The two fastest groups will then go head-to-head in a final race to decide the overall winner, before the prize giving takes place at the Minories pub.

Colin Hawkins, Operations Director for the South, who initiated the fundraising idea said: “We’ve all been touched by cancer in some way in our lives, so we wanted to do our bit as a division to raise money to help stamp out this awful disease. The pub teams and their customers are all behind this and together we intend to raise a big chunk for the cause, so let’s all support them and start giving!”

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Further information

Maria Tilev / 020 8605 3544

About Stonegate Pub Company

Stonegate Pub Company is the largest privately held managed pub operator in the UK, with revenues in excess of £800m and we employ over 14,000 people. The company has 772 pubs, split into two divisions, Branded, comprising: Slug & Lettuce, Walkabout, Be At One, Venues; and Traditional comprising: Proper Pubs, Town Pub & Kitchen, Classic Inns and Common Room.

Our ‘bar to boardroom’ training ethos has resulted in the following national awards, including:

2019 – Ian Payne MBE, Lifetime Achievement Award, Retailers Retailer of the Year; Investor of the Year TDR Capital, Retailers Retailer of the Year

2019 – Two Menu Innovation & Development Awards (MIDAS): Slug & Lettuce best menu – Premium High Street Pub; Walkabout best menu -Town & City Pub

2019 – Publican Awards (five awards): Best Community Pub Operator, Best Pub Employer (501+ employees), Best Managed Pub Company (51+ sites), Best Drinks Offer, Business Leader of the Year – Chief Executive, Simon Longbottom

2018 – Late Night Awards – Best Service & Team Development and Best Late Night Company

2018 – Licensed Trade Charity – Outstanding Corporate Contribution Award

2018 – Great British Pub Awards (two awards) – Best LGTBQ+ and Best Sports Pub

2018 – APPBG PUBAID Corporate Charity Fundraiser Award

2018 – Publican Awards – Best Late Night Operator

2017 – Great British Pub Awards (three awards) – Best Pub Garden, Best Entertainment and Best Sports Pub

2017 – Publican Awards (two awards) – Best Managed Pub Company; and Best Late Night Operator (plus highly commended Best Employer)

2017 – Menu Innovation and Development Award (MIDAS) – Premium High Street Pub (TPK)

2017 – Retailers’ Retailer Award – Investor of the Year (TDR Capital)

2016 – BII National Industry Training Awards (NITA) (two awards) – Best Managed Company for Training; Lifetime Achievement Award for Chairman, Ian Payne

2016 – Great British Pub Awards – Best Sports Pub

2016 – Scottish Training Federation – Best Large Employer

2016 – HR Excellence Awards – Best Learning and Development Strategy

2016 – HR Distinction Awards (two awards) – Innovation for Digital & Social Media; People Development

2014 – (Three awards) – HR Distinction in Innovative Use of Technology; Publican – Business Leader of the Year, Chairman Ian Payne; MIDAS Best New Concept Missoula, Montana Bar & Grill

2013 – (Two awards) – Publican award Best Pub Employer; MIDAS City and Bar Dining award Slug and Lettuce