ITFC Charitable Trust logoOne of the four teams entered by Smart421 in the ITFC Charitable Trust karting endurance made it onto “the winners podium” on Friday night (27 Sept) at WildTracks (@Wildtracksnews), near Newmarket.  Teams entered by other local companies came in 1st and 2nd. Bravo to each and every team and driver (bet your shoulders were aching at the weekend though - eh?).

But it wasn’t just the winning, it was the taking part.

In conversation with Terry Baxter (@Terry__Baxter) we learned that the ITFC Charitable Trust had been surprised by how keen so many local businesses were keen to support the event. In particular, how quickly the teams from the different firms networked and generated a brilliantly collaborative ambiance on the day.

Although Matt Holland (@MattHolland8), patron of ITFC Charitable Trust, was unable to attend, we were pleased how he gave his support on Twitter. Thanks Matt. Much appreciated.

In the qualifiers and in the endurance race itself, I witnessed some spectacular driving and some quick lap times. Clearly, a number of us were taking the competition element pretty seriously. It was all friendly bravado and banter.

A number of drivers had GoPro cameras strapped on, Presumably capturing video evidence, if ever it was needed, of the totally wild overtaking and undertaking we all saw. No names… but you know who you are.

This video I found on YouTube gives you an idea of the circuit experience.

After the prize givings, we all lined up for a fabulous hogroast. There was some overtaking there too.

But there was no need to worry – more than enough grub had been laid on to fill up everyone, including Will, the official photographer, who clearly had making a ‘Scooby snack’ down to a fine art.

The WildTracks staff were outstanding. Well organised, approachable and fun, which added to the overall enjoyment for everyone, whether novices to karting, or those more fanatical … err… experienced.

We all agreed that the real winners were the youngsters helped by the ITFC Charitable Trust. A great event for a great charity.

Let’s try to do it again soon.

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At Smart421, we actively get involved in many communities, from the Websphere User Group to Vbug, the British Computer Society to the local chamber of commerce, but often the most rewarding community we are part of is our local community.

It is great for us to be able to get involved with our community and help others within it, such as when we donated a laptop to Private Liam King who was injured during tour in Helmand Province, Afghanistan and was being treated in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham many miles away from his family. By having the laptop Liam was able to stay in touch with his friends and family back in Ipswich (please click here for more on this story).

Another great example of our involvement in the community was last Sunday (15th May) where Smart421 sponsored the Woodbridge 10K road race and entered a team of 20 members of staff (many of which are pictured here) who helped raise funds in memory of Helen Barrett who was step sister to one of our colleagues and a friend to many of us who sadly lost her battle with Cystic Fibrosis last year.

The whole team put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears in the hours training, but we all enjoyed the day with a few personal goals achieved and a great sense of the good we can do for our community as we have managed to raise over £800 so far (there is still time to donate).

It is this kind of involvement in the community and commitment, dedication and selflessness of the team that makes me proud to work for Smart421!


Woodbridge 10K – The Movie.  Released 25 May 2011.  Find it on YouTube click here


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