Fourteen members from the Leeds office of global law firm, Squire Patton Boggs, have teamed up to help the city’s homeless. The team is taking part in the Leeds Half Marathon Team Challenge on Sunday 12 May to raise money for Big Change, a non-profit organisation established to tackle homelessness in Leeds.
Fourteen members from the Leeds office of global law firm, Squire Patton Boggs, have teamed up to help the city’s homeless.
The team is taking part in the Leeds Half Marathon Team Challenge on Sunday 12 May to raise money for Big Change, a non-profit organisation established to tackle homelessness in Leeds.
The Team Challenge is a popular feature of the half marathon. Groups of friends, work colleagues, sports clubs and other organisations take on the challenge to compete for the title of fastest team in the race. Teams must have at least four members – five for Corporate Challenge events – with the times of the first three runners home used to calculate the winners.
The “Squire Patton Joggers” have had to overcome a number of personal challenges to make sure they arrive at the start line in good shape.
Beth Darragh, who fractured her foot last August, said, “A definite challenge for me has been learning to run again and ensuring I’ve been training enough to prevent another injury happening.”
Her colleague James Washington devised a 12-week training plan, only for his preparations to be derailed by the arrival of his baby daughter six weeks ahead of schedule.
James said, “I have now started running again, but I am doing so on three hours of sleep. That said, it does make going out for a training run in the early hours a little easier when you’re awake anyway!”
Chris Grayson and Emily Davis put their training on hold last week, as they “lived below the line” for the week, living off £5 for their food and drink. Participants in this challenge were not permitted to take food donations or use any food already in their cupboard. Tap water was excluded from the £5 limit. In living off this amount of money, they have not only raised £1,250 (so far) for Big Change, but also awareness of what it is like to live off £1 a day, which is a reality for some people. To find out more about their food journey/the challenge, please visit the Fiver Food Challenge fundraising page.
While some team members are experienced distance runners – John Barratt has various events, including the Edinburgh and Yorkshire marathons, under his belt – for Chris Grayson and Susan Oakley, it will be their half marathon debut.
Along with hoping to raise as much as possible for Big Change, team members have another target in their sights – personal bests.
Beth said, “The majority of our team have ran the Leeds Half Marathon once before and are aiming to beat their previous times.”
Since its launch, the Team Challenge has proved a fun way for firms to fundraise, take advantage of networking opportunities and foster team spirit in the workplace.
More information about Run For All’s range of corporate challenge and team challenge events is here.
To support the Squire Patton Boggs team, please visit their fundraising page at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/squiresleedshalf.