Businesses ready to battle it out for ‘fastest firm’ crown in popular challenge

Hundreds of runners are lacing up their trainers to take each other on in one of the region’s biggest ‘business battles’. 

The hotly-contested Morrison Utility Services York 10K Corporate Challenge hits the city once more on Sunday August 3rd and forms a key part of the popular annual York 10K.

The competition will see businessmen and women – and other organisations – bid to carry off the crown of York’s fastest firm and raise money for charities of their choice.

Once again, the event is sponsored by Morrison Utility Services, which has supported the run since Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All brought it to the city in 2009.

John Edwards, Morrison Utility Services contract director, said: “We have been involved since the first race and we have given our support in a number of ways.

“We have been delighted to see more and more companies taking part each year. The enthusiasm of the teams and the sense of the achievement at the end of the race makes the event really special.

“We’re looking forward to another successful year.”

Keith Taylor, of Run For All, said: “It is wonderful news that Morrison Utility Services is to continue its invaluable support for the York 10K Corporate Challenge. It is an important part of the 10K and contributes greatly to the success of the event.”

Top accountancy company Garbutt and Elliott, which has offices in York and Leeds, has already gathered a team to take on the challenge once more.

Payroll executive Tom McCusker said: “We look forward to participating every year. The support we get from colleagues, whether through donating to charity or providing support on the day, really pulls everyone together.”

Teams taking part in the event enjoy hospitality on race day and are also invited to a pre-event social evening at which they will be able to pit their wits and physical prowess against each other in the fun, cycling-themed 10K Tournament.

The Morrison Utility Services York 10K Corporate Challenge is open to teams of five or more. The times of the first three team members home are added together and averaged out, with the quickest team carrying off the prizes and the bragging rights.

Over 250 business people took part in last year’s challenge.

For more information, and to enter, click here

The York 10K forms part of the Jane Tomlinson Run For All 10K series which also includes Hull 10K on June 8th, Pennine Lancashire 10K on June 22nd and Leeds 10K on July 20th.