Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin Runs to Personal Best in London
Driver Completes 26-Mile Race in Record Time, Raises $136,000 for Children’s Cancer Charity
LONDON – Corvette Racing driver Oliver Gavin completed the Virgin London Marathon in a time of 2 hours, 54 minutes and 20 seconds on Sunday. Gavin set a new personal best time and helped to raise more than $136,000 for the CLIC Sargent children’s cancer charity.
Gavin, 37, spearheaded a team of 14 racing drivers from the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) – persuading many of them to enter the marathon, enthusiastically encouraging others with training support and advice, and leading the charge in the fund-raising effort.
“I’m so delighted with my time today,” said Gavin, who drives the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R in American Le Mans Series competition with teammate Olivier Beretta. “I never thought I’d get under 2:55, so to beat that was the icing on the cake, especially after the week I’ve had. Everyone on the BRDC team has done really well, and a couple of the guys also finished just under three hours which is an amazing effort – especially for Jonny Kane, who was doing his first marathon – and I’m thrilled we’ve managed to raise so much money for CLIC Sargent. My time should now be enough to qualify me for the Boston or New York marathons – if I want to do either of them. My legs need to recover first!”
Gavin nearly missed his opportunity to run alongside 35,000 competitors in the 26-mile 385-yard event. After racing in Long Beach, Calif., with Corvette Racing on April 17, he was faced with the huge challenge of getting home despite the no-fly zone covering most of Europe following the volcano eruption in Iceland.
He flew from Los Angeles to Toronto on April 18, managed to secure a seat on a flight to Lisbon at the last minute, and arrived back in Europe on Monday. He then made his way to Madrid by air, helped by friend and fellow Corvette Racing driver Antonio Garcia, and found a flight to Paris on Tuesday. A pre-booked Eurostar passage to London on Wednesday took him back to the UK, and he then had two more train journeys to reach his home in Northamptonshire. Gavin’s journey took 83 hours, including night stops in Spain and France.
Donations to support the BRDC drivers’ run to benefit the CLIC Sargent children’s cancer charity can still be made through the team’s JustGiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/BRDC-marathon-legends.
Gavin’s next run with Corvette Racing will be in the American Le Mans Monterey at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Saturday, May 22. The six-hour race will start at 2:30 p.m. PT and will be televised by CBS Sports on May 29 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Release Date: April 25, 2010