Christmas arrived early for one lucky Ealing Half Marathon runner when he won a Mercedes Smart e-bike, worth £2,500, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Brentford.

Thomas Eady had already notched a great time of 1:32.23 in this year's race on September 28, and he had an extra reason to celebrate when his name was picked at random from more than 4,000 finishers to collect the prize.

The Hanwell resident will be able to give his legs a well-earned rest now, thanks to the battery-powered bike which can cover as much as 62 miles in one charge.

Thomas, 31, said: "I am thrilled to be the winner of the Mercedes Smart e-bike. This great prize is an additional incentive to take part in the Ealing Half Marathon and I am looking forward to covering lots of miles around the streets of Ealing and beyond."

Mercedes-Benz Brentford is to sponsor the Ealing Half Marathon for a third year, having led off runners in September’s race in a B-Class pace car, so another bike will be up for grabs for one lucky runner in 2015.

The dealership’s general manager Trevor Webb said his staff are already looking forward to taking part in the next race, on Sunday September 27 2015, with 14 employees having raised more than £400 for Macmillan Cancer Support in 2014.

"We’re always keen to support key community events and the Ealing Half Marathon helps us raise money for such an important cause, not to mention helping to keep our staff fit," he said.

Event co-ordinator Sandra Courtney said: "We thank the Mercedes-Benz Brentford team for their invaluable support and look forward to working with them again in the future."

Runners who want the chance to win a Mercedes bike can enter the 2015 race at Entry costs £34 for affiliated runners and £36 for unaffiliated runners, and all finishers receive a distinctive medal. For every entry received in December, the race team will be making a donation to good causes.

Beneficiaries will be the Ealing Churches Winter Night Shelter, which gives homeless people food and shelter during the winter, and A Mile in Her Shoes, a group which boosts the wellbeing and self-esteem of women who are at risk of homelessness by encouraging them to run.

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