Auden and Cornforth unlucky on Jim Clark National Rally Jayne Auden and Amanda Cornforth were unlucky at the weekend as they failed to finish the Jim Clark National Rally (25-26 May) after they went off. The crew, who were competing on the...
Auden and Cornforth unlucky on Jim Clark National Rally
Jayne Auden and Amanda Cornforth were unlucky at the weekend as they failed to finish the Jim Clark National Rally (25-26 May) after they went off.
The crew, who were competing on the event together to raise money for the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity and promote deaf awareness through their Hear and Now project, were having a smooth run across the 100 miles of tarmac stages on the closed public roads in the Scottish Borders before in the middle of stage 11, Edrom, they slid off the road in their David Auden and Associates Insurance Brokers and 6 th Gear PR-backed 1400cc MG ZR.
Oil spilt on the fresh wet surface caused them to leave the road following a square right turn. The car ended up wedged in a hedge with only superficial damage, but the pair could not manage to push it back out onto the course to continue so their rally was brought to an early finish. Prior to the off they were lying in fourth place in class B9 with just one stage to go.
Despite the disappointment of not making it to the finish, Auden, from Stockport, and Cornforth, from Thirsk, managed to collect more money for Hearing Dogs throughout the weekend with volunteers, recipients and workers for the charity holding a stand with collection buckets at the start and finish ramp of the rally in Kelso town centre, where they received a positive response from the public and rally fans.
Driver Auden, who is hard of hearing, said: "Of course we're disappointed that we didn't make it to the finish as we were having a good run. But most importantly we have raised money for Hearing Dogs and promoted the charity and the work they do. It was great to meet the volunteers and recipients from Hearing Dogs at the start and finish and we're pleased with the response we have had to our Hear and Now project and would like to thank everyone who supported us throughout the weekend.
"Everything was going well for us in the rally but we got caught out by the slippery surface and there was nothing I could do. I thought I had managed to correct it but then we just went off. The most frustrating thing is that we drove the car back after being recovered, it was still working fine and wasn't damaged at all, but it was stuck in the hedge and we just couldn't push it out. We only had one stage to go as well. Up until then we were having a really good time, a good run and lots of fun. The stages were excellent."
It was both Auden and Cornforth's debut on a National A standard event.
Prior to the Jim Clark Rally the crew had already raised around £2,500 for Hearing Dogs. They want to reach £5,000, which will sponsor a hearing dog throughout its working life.
Sponsorship money and donations can still be made to the Hear and Now project for the next month. If you would like to help Jayne and Amanda reach their £5,000 target, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website: www.hearandnowfundraiser.co.uk.
You can also donate your money directly via www.justgiving.com/hearandnowfundraising.
After June 30 the total amount of money raised from the Hear and Now project will be added up and donated to the charity.
All money raised will go directly to the charity, with no costs being taken out of the fund. Jayne and Amanda paid their entry fee for the rally and funded their expenses for the event by themselves.