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NGK’s Stuart Bayne in marathon charity run

Fund-raising NGK employee Stuart Bayne is once again competing in the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for charity although this time he will be running outside of the capital.

The marathon was postponed in April this year because of the coronavirus pandemic but runners are taking part in a ‘virtual‘ run this weekend with just the top athletes competing in London.

Stuart, who is Sales Manager – North for NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, will be running from Cambridge to St Ives in Cambridgeshire and back to complete the 26.2-mile distance on Sunday, October 4.

The 57-year-old is once again raising money for the Downs Syndrome Association (DSA), which continues to support people with Downs Syndrome to live full and active lives.

Stuart has raised tens of thousands of pounds over the past few years via a number of fund-raising exploits including three marathons and sponsored cycle rides in Europe and New Zealand.

Stuart said: “I have been training hard, running and cycling on alternate days in preparation, and have lost 30lb in weight! I have already received generous sponsorship from NGK, and also industry contacts and friends and am hopeful of raising around £2000.”

If you wish to donate to Stuart’s fund-raising page, you can do so by logging on to and entering his name.


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 16,000 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.5 billion Euros worldwide. NGK SPARK PLUG’s EMEA sales (including its EU, UK, France and Eurasia subsidiaries) represent 26.1% of this global turnover. NGK SPARK PLUG operates on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and four Technical Centres.


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 ten group 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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