Businesses across East Anglia will be keen to avoid a loss when they take part in one of the region’s biggest corporate sporting challenges on Sunday 6th May.
A race within a race, the challenge is a popular feature of the Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) 10K and sees businesses, sports clubs, church groups and other organisations competing for the title of fastest team in the event. Entry is open to teams of five or more, with the times of the first three runners home used to calculate the winners.
All those taking part receive an exclusive corporate challenge T-shirt branded with their company logo, race day hospitality, a team photograph as a race day memento and a finishers’ medal, T-shirt and goody bag.
Already entered and looking forward to powering their way across the finish line is a team from electrical equipment wholesalers Edmundson Electrical.
Steve Franklin, a member of Edmundson’s team, said: “There are two of us in branch who are keen runners and have been running for a number of years. As a branch we thought we would try to encourage some of the staff to get fit and run GEAR with us.
“Four of the staff took up the challenge and it will be great for us to see them progress through the training and hopefully achieve some goals on the day. Hopefully next year this will encourage others so that we can become a stronger team.”
Keyvan Djamarani, Bespak’s managing director, said: “We are delighted to sponsor the GEAR Corporate Challenge. It brings an extra dimension to this excellent 10K event and is a wonderful way to foster team spirit in the workplace and engage in a bit of friendly rivalry.”
To enter the GEAR 10K Bespak Corporate Challenge, click here.
Another popular race day feature – also supported by Bespak – is Mini GEAR, a 1.2 mile family fun run which starts in Tuesday Market Place shortly before the 10K gets underway.
And thanks to Bespak’s sponsorship, race organiser Run For All has 150 FREE school places to give away. Each school can apply for 10 places, to be allocated on a first come-first served basis. Schools should email firstname.lastname@example.org and say how many places they would like.
Jacqui Easter, Docking Primary School’s PE Lead, said: “We encourage a greater take up of exercise both in school and after school clubs. The mini GEAR provides all children regardless of their ability the opportunity to take part in a Fun 1.2 mile Run. They can run alongside parents and staff creating a feeling of great team spirit.
“We have several parents signing up for the 10K Great East Anglian run which goes a long way in inspiring our children at Docking. We think it’s a fantastic event.”
With the date of the Grand East Anglia Run growing ever closer, entrants are being offered a great opportunity to keep their training on track.
The popular Bespak-sponsored Grand East Anglia Run training sessions, delivered by Ryston Runners, are back again this year and take place on the running track at Lynn Sport.
Initially a four-week programme, which could be extended depending on demand, the Wednesday sessions start at 7pm and last about an hour. They include a warm up, interval running to build up endurance and a warm down. The first session takes place on March 7th.