Sixt rent a car Team 10 Kilometre Run

2 Jun 2009 by Matthew Fransioli     

On Sunday 31st May eight of the Sixt UK Head Office Team became “Golden Gaters” in the second annual Chatsworth Golden Gate 10 Km run.

The Duke of Devonshire Starts the Race

The Duke of Devonshire Starts the Race

The Sixt Team acquitted themselves well as temperatures soared into the 80’s on the hottest day of the year so far.

His Grace the Duke of Devonshire started the race just after 10:00 and the eight intrepid Sixt athletes set off in searing heat in a field of 900 runners, twenty head of cattle and fifty sheep up the hill towards Dobbs Edge, the Emperor Lakes and the famous Chatsworth Hunting Tower.

They climbed 150 metres in the first 2 Kilometres of the run, a very steep climb over those last 200 metres with a welcome decent over the last 2 Kilometres into the deer park and back to those Golden Gates.

The Sixt Team was made up of Richard Cusworth of Partner Relations, Wai-Yan Fung the Finance Director, David Jackson of Online Marketing, Mark Jones of Central Reservations, Ian Lawrence the Managing Director, Erica Read of Credit Control, Karen Robson of Accident Claims Unit and Adam Wilkes of Central Reservations. 
Leading from the front (as ever!) the Sixt Managing Director, Ian Lawrence, crossed the finish line first of the Sixt entrants, rapidly followed by Richard Cusworth.

The first lady home was Erica Read with her fiancée Mark Jones just behind. (It will always be that way Mark!!)

Team Sixt begin the race

Team Sixt begin the race

The team were cheered on by Amy Clarke of ACU, Lee Cousins and Cameron Harvey of CRU, Michelle Needham of Accounts and her parents David and Christine (and their dog Ellie), Erica’s dad Arthur and brother James, and Mark’s mum Sue and brother Sean, Dave Jackson’s parents Neil and Wendy and sister Anna, Karen’s fiancée James and their friends Natalie, Andrew, Kirsty, Dale, Cheryl and Chris and Lynne and Andy Miles.

Dave Jackson was the next runner home and Wai-Yan Fung and Karen Robson then crossed the finish line together, with Adam Wilkes playing sweeper and ensuring they were all back safely came in just behind.

After the race Ian Lawrence commented

……a beautiful morning in a beautiful location. Congratulations to everyone on finishing!

Ian Lawrence leads the way

Ian Lawrence leads the way

and he added comments from some seasoned runners about this year’s event: -

“I read the reviews from last year about the first 3km and the hill and I thought “right, ok it’s gonna be tough” but I didn’t quite imagine how tough. That first 3-4km is the toughest I have come across so far in my 10k experiences”

“Wow so many hills and one very steep – after this run everything else is down hill”.

“Great run just be prepared for the hill climb after about 1 mile it is very, very steep”

“Fabulous scenery, tough race! – one of the toughest 10k’s on the calendar”

“I’ve been visiting Chatsworth for many years but never realised how large the hill was behind the house! The first 5K was pretty much all uphill with two particularly brutal parts to the climb”

So all in all – well done everyone a brilliant performance and thanks again to our colleagues, friends and families for cheering us on and taking the photographs – we really appreciated (and needed) it!     

Ian Lawrence

Team Sixt at the Chatsworth Golden Gates

Team Sixt at the Chatsworth Golden Gates

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Car Hire Comment from Mike Osolinski
Mike Osolinski wrote on 25 June 2009 at 11:37 pm   #  

Hi Carole,

I’m really sorry to hear that you have not had a response to your query on the Damage Waiver as customer service and support is something we absolutely pride ourselves on.

I have forwarded your contact details on to our Customer Services team and will ensure that it is followed up and you get a response.

Kind Regards

Mike

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Car Hire Comment from Mrs Lis
Mrs Lis wrote on 25 June 2009 at 10:23 pm   #  

I have been trying, for two weeks, without success to get a response from Sixt
Germany re a charge for Damage Waiver which I did not agree to nor request
when I booked a car for my employer recently. He paid the amount not knowing
it was an “extra” which he had not agreed to nor been charged for before.
Not one response has been forthcoming from either reservation@sixt.de or
kundenbetreuung@sixt.de, both e-mail addresses obtained from my paperwork.
The reservation no was reservation confirmation # on 2 June 2009.
I do hope you can help me, otherwise I will have to write to Mr Ian Lawrence to
sort the matter out. It cannot be right that, after many recent car hire bookings,
this charge is made and there is no accountability or explanation forthcoming
Thanking you in anticipation of your kind attention.
Carole Lis

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Car Hire Comment from Per Voegerl
Per Voegerl wrote on 26 June 2009 at 1:02 am   #  

Hi Carole,

Please accept my sincere apologies regarding the lack of response from our German team. I will personally investigate your complaint first thing Friday morning and come back to you.

Just a quick note:

Sixt also operates a customer service department and reservation centre in Chesterfield in the UK. The Sixt UK contact centre will of course help with any Sixt complaints regardless of the destination of your hire. The customer service team is available on 01246 506220 or by emailing customer-service-uk@sixt.com

Kind regards,
Per Voegerl
Commercial Director

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Car Hire Comment from Ian Lawrence
Ian Lawrence wrote on 26 June 2009 at 9:49 am   #  

Dear Mrs Lis

Obvoiusly I was very dismayed to see your note but pleased that Mike and Per are getting right on to the case for you. I note that you say you will have to write to me but of course I am now aware and will follow the process of a resolution for you. Unfortunately I can only control customer care in UK and not what happens in other countries but we’ll do what we can to sort ths out for you.

Really appreciate you letting us know.

Regards

Ian Lawrence

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Car Hire Comment from Cindy Jones
Cindy Jones wrote on 12 August 2009 at 8:54 pm   #  

I recently rented a car from Sixt in Dublin and am blown away by the number of fraudulent charges in the thousands of dollars. The most recent one for pre-existing damage.

What kind of company does this to people? Thankfully I was smart and took photos. Is this the way your firm intends to make profits?

I’m horrified!!1

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Car Hire Comment from Mike Osolinski
Mike Osolinski wrote on 13 August 2009 at 9:20 am   #  

Hi Cindy,

Obviously I am extremely sorry to hear that you seem to have had a negative experience during your rental with Sixt. This is certainly not the norm for us and customer service is our highest priority.

Could you please email the details of your rental including the rental agreement number and dates of hire to our UK customer service team at
customer-service-uk@sixt.com and we will look into it immediately for you.

Kind Regards

Mike

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Car Hire Comment from iel
iel wrote on 7 March 2010 at 10:09 pm   #  

I am very disapointed with SIXT at Manchester Airport. I returned a SIXT car in perfect condition and have now been billed for 500 pounds. For nothing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Is everything being billed correctly at MAN airport ?

I am writing to your MD – Mr Ian Lawrence – there seems to be many of these cases in the internet so-called damages to your cases which are non-existent

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Car Hire Comment from Andy Aspden
Andy Aspden wrote on 8 March 2010 at 12:11 pm   #  

Hi iel,

I’m saddened to hear that this situation has arisen, if you would like to write to Ian then you can try his e-mail address ian.lawrence[at]sixt.com and you should get a quick response.

In the meantime, please contact the UK customer services manager Gary Coughlan at his e-mail address gary.coughlan[at]sixt.com and he will look into this. He will need the reservation number for your rental so that our customer service team can locate your rental and investigate this matter in an expedient manner.

Regards,

Andy Aspden

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