A run for your money

Cambridge Consultants staff get set for charity fundraising challengeMartin Dinnage on running machine

Staff from product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants will be out in force at the Cambridge Half Marathon again this year, as the company sponsors the event for the second year running.

A team of 60 staff, family and friends will be donning lime green running tops and taking to the streets to raise money for the company’s ‘charity of the year’ – chosen by the staff – the Cambridge-based Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. Their fundraising efforts will be matched pound for pound by Cambridge Consultants – giving a double boost to the charity, which provides specialist palliative care and support for patients and their families, friends and carers.

“We are delighted to be supporting this fantastic community event, which gets bigger and better every year,” said Alan Richardson, CEO of Cambridge Consultants. “We also hope to raise lots of money for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, whose dedicated staff provide such vital help and support for local people.”

The fifth Cambridge Half Marathon is being held on Sunday 28th February, starting at 9.30am. This year’s event sees a new one-lap course, beginning on Victoria Avenue, with Midsummer Common being the main event hub. The course goes through the centre of Cambridge, passing the Round Church, King’s College and the Fitzwilliam Museum before going along The Backs and then heading out of the city along Trumpington Road, through Grantchester, and back into the city along Barton Road. Entry capacity has been increased this year – with a total of 7,000 runners registered to take part.

Senior engineer Shaun Watson, one of the founders of the Cambridge Consultants team, said: “We are really pleased to be entering another team after the success of last year’s event, and excited to be running the new course for the first time. We had a real mix of abilities last year – with times ranging from 1hr 23min to 3hr 20min – but we were very proud that the whole team made it to the finishing line.

“This year we’ve gone one step further and the company has arranged for experts to come in at lunchtime to analyse our running style and teach us good training techniques so that colleagues who are new to running can enjoy the event safely. The fact that Cambridge Consultants doubles the money we raise really spurs us on when we’re out training together in all weathers!”

Last year Cambridge Consultants staff set a new record with their charity fundraising efforts – raising £40,000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. The money was the result of activities including a monthly cake trolley, sales of bacon butties and regular raffles, as well as the half marathon.

The JustGiving page for sponsoring the Cambridge Consultants team in this year’s Cambridge Half Marathon is: www.justgiving.com/Cambridge-Consultants

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