Insurance manager takes on 615 mile ultramarathon for charity

28th April

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Next month, Covéa Insurance’s Business Change Manager, Paul Ali will be undertaking his biggest challenge to date, an incredible 615 mile, continuous ultramarathon event aiming to raise money for the insurer’s partner charity, the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.

The keen runner is no stranger to a challenge, having run regular marathons and ultramarathons for several years and in 2015 taking on the Spartathlon, an epic event in which Paul ran from Athens to Sparta (pictured).

This year, Paul will be facing the inaugural Monarchs Way Ultra, the UK's longest non-stop ultra-race; “615 miles in 14 days - 44 miles minimum each day, no rest days or overnight stops.”

The event commences on Saturday 28th May 2016 in Worcester and competitors are challenged to complete the event within a fortnight, travelling a footpath that approximates the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after defeat in the Battle of Worcester.

Support throughout the event is limited, with runners only able to access race supplies and equipment every 25-50 miles.

Paul’s efforts will go towards generating vital funds for Alexander Devine Hospice Service, one of Covéa Insurance’s partner charities; which supports children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

Alexander Devine are currently raising funds to build Berkshire’s first children’s hospice, a desperately needed service for children in Berkshire and the surrounding counties. Completion of this project, later this year, will help deliver a more comprehensive service to local children and their families.

Despite having completed numerous events in the past, this is Paul’s toughest endeavour yet, he commented:

“Taking part in a 615 mile continuous event is a huge undertaking and this will be one of the most challenging events I have ever attempted particularly in view of the limited contact and support over such a long distance, but I am confident I will finish and hopefully my efforts will assist this much-needed charity.”


If you’d like to support Paul in his epic challenge, donations can be made via the Just Giving website at:

Or text donations can be made by texting “PAUL89 £1” (or £2, £5, £10) to 70070.




About Covéa Insurance

Covea Insurance plc is the UK underwriting business of leading French mutual insurance group Covéa, who are number 1 for property and liability insurance in France, generating over 16.9 billion Euros in premiums in 2018.  

Covéa Insurance looks after the insurance needs of over 1.5 million policyholders; delivering financial reassurance through its Standard & Poor’s A+ stable rating, as a guaranteed subsidiary of Covéa.  It has Gold Investors in People accreditation and has been named one of the top 75 employers in West Yorkshire & the Humber.

The company offers motor, household, protection, pet, mid and high net worth insurance and a range of commercial insurance products, through a range of distribution channels. Employing over 1800 people, Covéa Insurance has a strong people and service ethos, having Investors In People Gold accreditation and is signatory to the HM Treasury Women In Finance Charter. It also has World Class service accreditation from the Institute of Customer Service for its Motor Claims, Home Claims and Underwriting Services teams as well as Chartered Insurer status for its Commercial and Mid/High Net Worth business.

In 2018, Covéa Insurance were recipients of the Personal Lines Insurer of the Year award at both the British Insurance Awards and the Insurance Times Awards and was the top rated insurer in the Insurance Times Broker Service Survey for both Personal and Commercial Lines.

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