Staff from scores of firms across Yorkshire are getting ready to pull on their trainers for one of the region’s biggest corporate sporting challenges.
Hundreds of runners will line up on Sunday 8th October for the Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay.
A popular feature of the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, the relay breaks up the 26.2 miles into six more manageable legs of between 3 and 6.1 miles.
Open to companies, sports clubs, organisations and groups of friends, it brings some friendly team rivalry to the event and allows people to enjoy that unique marathon day atmosphere – without having to run the full distance.
Among the teams taking part are six colleagues from Aviva – Jenny Ware, Miriam Brett, Bob Wakerly, Gordon Jennings, Steve Sunderland and Paul Swain – who will be running in memory of their inspirational colleague Tim Simmerson, a father of three who died earlier this year.
On their Virgin moneygiving page the team says: “It was devastating to many of us when Tim passed away in March this year after a relatively short illness.
“He was an inspiration to us all and we miss him dearly.”
They will be raising money for St Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate, which cared for Tim in his final weeks.
Also looking forward to taking on the relay are Raworths Solicitors, who have an all-girl team raising money for Young Carers at Carers’ Resource, Harrogate, which supports young people who care for a relative.
A team from property development company S Harrison are aiming to raise £2,000 for SASH, which works to tackle youth homelessness in York.
The Priory Medical Group, a GP practice with 9 sites across York, have pulled together three teams for the big day and will be raising money for the MS Society.
Also back for 2017 are ten teams raising money for OSCARS Paediatric Brain Tumour Charity, established in memory of Oscar Hughes, who was nine-years-old when he died of a brain tumour.
The widow of rugby league player Danny Jones, who died after suffering a cardiac arrest during a game, is taking part to raise money for the charity established in his memory. Lizzie Jones and a group of her friends are running in aid of the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund, which helps community rugby league clubs and junior teams purchase potentially life-saving defibrillators.
Siobhan Curtis, corporate manager for Run For All, the not-for-profit company behind the marathon, said: “The relay is a fantastic feature of marathon day. It gives all the teams the chance to have fun, engage in a bit of friendly rivalry and raise money for some wonderful causes.”
For more details and to enter email: Corporate@runforall.com or visit www.theyorkshiremarathon.com.