Business takeovers will be high on the agenda when companies line up for the Sheffield 10K Corporate Challenge on Sunday 24th September.
A popular feature of last year’s first Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K, the corporate challenge is a race within a race in which firms battle it out to be crowned fastest team in the event.
Places are still available in this year’s run. Teams must have at least five members and the times of the first three home are used to calculate the winners. Lablogic Systems, based in Broomhill, clocked an average time of 47:17 to emerge victorious in last year’s challenge.
Siobhan Curtis, corporate manager at race organiser Run For All, said: “The corporate challenge is a great way for firms to foster a bit of team spirit, support a local charity road race, raise funds for a good cause and engage in a bit of friendly rivalry.”
Staff from companies across the region are in training for this year’s event.
Catherine Snaith, of NatWest, said: “Everyone here at NatWest Commercial Banking South Yorkshire taking part in this year’s corporate challenge is really looking forward to the day. The 10k run will be a great test of the team’s overall fitness and a fantastic opportunity to raise money for St Luke’s Hospice.”
Marie Hadfield, of HLM Architects, said: “HLM have a number of keen runners who were all talking about running the Sheffield 10K, so we thought why not take up the Corporate Challenge. It is another opportunity for us to raise money for our chosen charity, Cash for Kids and supports HLM’s health and wellbeing initiative that promotes an active lifestyle whilst encouraging teamwork.”
After becoming aware of the work of YWCA Yorkshire, a charity that aims to improve the lives of women, children and families, Fergus Bailie, CEO of the Baird Group, suggested the group’s communications company, CDS, enter a team to raise funds.
He said: “We now have a strong team of nine runners raising funds, which we’ll match with a corporate donation. We’re all looking forward to the atmosphere, camaraderie and of course the run.”
Teams entering receive race day hospitality at the Crucible Theatre, exclusive corporate challenge T-shirts a team photo as a race day memento. There are trophies and prizes for the winners and all entrants receive medals, finishers’ T-shirts and goody bags.