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 16.6 billion Euros in premiums in 2020.   

Covéa Insurance looks after the insurance needs of over 2 million policyholders; delivering financial reassurance through its Standard & Poor’s ‘AA- stable’ rating, as a guaranteed subsidiary of Covéa. 

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 1900 people, Covéa Insurance has a strong people and service ethos.  It holds ServiceMark accreditation with Distinction for its Personal Lines operation and its Commercial & HNW Claims teams, as well as Chartered Insurer status for its Commercial business.  Covéa Insurance is signatory to the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter and the insurance Inclusivity Pledge and has been named one of the top 75 employers in West Yorkshire & the Humber.

Recently, Covéa Insurance won the General Insurer of the Year award at the British Insurance Awards 2021. It was named as the Best Place to Work in Digital (Large Organisations) at the Digital Technology Leaders Awards and as the Best Employer at the Yorkshire Financial Awards.  They were also recipients of the Best Insurer title at the British Claims Awards, High Net Worth Product of the Year Award at the Insurance Times Awards, the Staff Empowerment Award at the Diversity & Inclusion in Insurance Awards.

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