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Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann at the London Marathon

26 Apr 2015

  • Experienced Opel/Vauxhall team with CFO Michael Lohscheller and Sonja von Opel reaches finish

Opel News - Ready to rumble: Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, fitness coach Sonja von Opel and Opel CFO Michael Lohscheller before the start of the London Marathon

Rüsselsheim/London. Opel/Vauxhall sent a strong line-up to this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon: Opel’s marathon man Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann tackled the course with CFO Michael Lohscheller, fitness expert Sonja von Opel and five colleagues from British sister brand Vauxhall. The team took to the challenging course through London on behalf of Worldwide Cancer Research with around 35,000 other athletes from around the globe and mastered it successfully in cool but mainly dry conditions.


“Marathons are my passion – and obviously running on a course with iconic buildings such as Tower Bridge and Big Ben makes it very special,” said Neumann after crossing finishing line close to Buckingham Palace. “I am very happy with the result. My ‘personal coach’ Sonja von Opel prepared me for the event in numerous training runs. Obviously, it was still hard work,” admitted a tired but proud Opel CEO.

Opel News - Opel/Vauxhall-Dream Team: VauxhallShift Manager John Kirwan, Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, Vauxhall Consumer Communications Assistant Tom Townsend, Opel CFO Michael Lohschellerandfitnesscoach Sonja von Opel

Sonja von Opel is an expert for endurance sports, especially for running and triathlon. The great-great-granddaughter of the founder of the Rüsselsheim-based carmaker has not only completed numerous marathons but she also successfully finished the Ironman in Zurich. The trio consisting of Sonja von Opel, Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann and Michael Lohscheller was also running for a good cause in the English capital. Worldwide Cancer Research fund are pioneersof early-stage research into any type of cancer, anywhere in the world. The London Marathon started with around 8,000 participants in 1981 has since become the biggest annual fundraiser in the world.


David Milton, Head of Fundraising at Worldwide Cancer Research said, “We’re delighted the team from Opel/Vauxhall chose to run the London Marathon for Worldwide Cancer Research.They've done a fantastic job helping to raise vital funds to support pioneering cancer research happening all over the world.”