Friendly rivalry as colleagues prepare to race in Great South Run

Staff at aerospace firm Eaton are going against each other in the Great South Run
Staff at aerospace firm Eaton are going against each other in the Great South Run

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TWO branches of the same firm will have a friendly rivalry as they battle it out in the Great South Run.

Employees from the Titchfield and Bedhampton branches of aerospace firm Eaton are competing in the Business Challenge — a race within the Great South Run.

Firms across the area are being encouraged to sign up a team of employees to mark the 25th anniversary of the 10-mile run on October 26, with male, female and mixed team categories up for grabs.

Paul Pickford, from Portsmouth, is doing the business challenge with 10 men and two women from the Eaton branch in Bedhampton. He is a health and safety co-ordinator and has worked there for 16 years.

He said: ‘Entering a team is a great way to help team bonding and we’ve put all the names of the people who are taking part up on the comms screens at work to wish them good luck.

‘Going up against Eaton in Titchfield adds a bit of rivalry, too, as you want to earn the bragging rights.

‘We beat them last year and did well in general by winning some of the categories. We have a good mix of seasoned runners and absolute beginners.

‘But we’ve the heard the Titchfield employees are handy too, so we’ll have to be at our best.’

A total of 36 runners will be taking part in the race from the Titchfield branch.

Eleanor Mee, senior customer support representative, said: ‘One of Eaton’s philosophies is to encourage wellness for all their employees.

‘As an initiative to get people involved in a fitness activity we thought the Great South Run would be an ideal opportunity.

‘This is a chance for people across the site to get together and participate in an exciting challenge.’

For the challenge, businesses are split into small, medium and large categories.

The winning teams are determined by the combined finishing time of the fastest four members in each team, meaning a business only needs a minimum of four runners.

To enter visit greatrun.org