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Alex completes Lake District challenge

NGK’s intrepid walker Alex Stancombe has successfully climbed some of the highest summits in England to raise cash for charity.

Alex, who is OEM Assistant Manager for NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, took part in the Stephanie Simpson 2022 Lake District Challenge which saw him tackle England’s highest peak Scafell Pike and also nearby Helvellyn and Skiddaw in an event that saw him cover nearly 63 miles and ascend 18,776 feet.

It was organised by Leigh on Sea Striders (LOSS) hiking and running group and named in tribute to Essex woman Stephanie Simpson who tragically died two years ago in an accident while hiking in New Zealand.

Alex said: “It was a very enjoyable experience. I knew what to expect as I had walked in the Lake District on a number of previous occasions. Fortunately, I suffered no injuries and I had a good time.”

More than forty people including former England Rugby Union legend and World Cup winner Jason Robinson took part in the challenge to raise funds for two charities; the national Cardiac Risk in the Young and Regional Southend Hospital Trust (Oncology/Stroke Dept), with nearly £60,000 already being pledged.

Notes to Editors


Worldwide: NGK SPARK PLUG is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment customers across the globe. For the Aftermarket, its product portfolio comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand. Under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics the company offers oxygen sensors (including NOx sensors), exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS), mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute/boost pressure (MAP) sensors as well as engine speed and position sensors. With around 16,400 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.7 billion Euros worldwide. NGK SPARK PLUG’s EMEA sales represent 32% of this global turnover. NGK SPARK PLUG operates on all continents and has 60 group companies, 35 production plants, five Technical Centres and three Venture Labs.


Aftermarket EMEA: NGK SPARK PLUG has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts into the automotive sector in the 1970s. With an outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development the company has become the world’s number one in spark plugs and oxygen sensors, and a leading provider of glow plugs, ignition coils and leads as well as further sensor technology. Organisationally NGK SPARK PLUG’s regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region the company has six regional companies and more than 1,000 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a Technical Centre in Germany.


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