Staff from design and manufacturing company Edale are the latest to lay down the gauntlet to rivals by signing up for the Morrisons Great South Run Business Challenge.
The teams at Edale are more used to spending their days designing and manufacturing printing presses, but now they’re in training to take on the world-leading 10-mile run in Portsmouth on Sunday, October 25.
A group of 12 workers from the firm, based at Lavenham Business Park, Whiteley, have split themselves into two teams to take part this year.
The team members, made up of experienced runners and beginners, have been fundraising for Naomi House Children’s Hospice for the past few years, and took part in the Great South Run in 2012.
Sophie Green, sales and marketing executive at Edale said: ‘The Great South Run is a great team building exercise for a great cause.
‘We’ve been holding weekly training sessions where experienced runners are paired off with beginners.
‘Some of the experienced runners have taken part in marathons before and are helping to endurance train the beginners like me.
‘Hopefully I’ll give them a run for their money by the time October comes around. But I’ll need to start training first!
‘Edale does a lot of fundraising events to raise money for Naomi House. It’s important that we have a goal at the end of it. For some of us beginners, it’s a lot harder to keep going, but adding an element of competition to it makes it easier to push on.
‘We’re all looking forward to the day and can’t wait to see who wins.’
Companies of all sizes are encouraged to enter teams, and compete to post the fastest overall time in the region in a number of categories.
Business Challenge entrants will join a field of up to 25,000 runners taking part in the Great South Run, which marks its 25th year in Portsmouth this year.
The Business Challenge is open to small, medium and large companies which can enter male, female or mixed teams.
There must be a minimum of four and maximum of eight people per team, and the combined time of the fastest four finishers in each line-up will determine the result.
There are prizes for the fastest teams, and a personalised plaque for any business that enters 12 or more employees. All team members must be aged 16 or over on race day.
*The Great South Run is the world’s leading 10-mile running event and the course takes in Portsmouth landmarks including HMS Victory and HMS Warrior, and ends with a final two miles along Southsea seafront.