The Crazy Blog

Thank you and Goodnight!

A huge thank you and well done to all Crazy Participants. The finale on Friday was a spectacular day and well done to all runners, volunteers and supporters.

Highlights of the week include:

  • Raising over £20,000 and more is still coming in – Thank you!!
  • 14 people including our clients running all 5 half marathons in 5 days
  • 20% of our runners ran their first ever half marathon including our very own Mark Brewer
  • We had runners taking part in London, New York, Germany, Dubai and Sydney!
  • We made it into the London Evening Standard newspaper
  • Roll on 2018 – The Ultra & Utterly Crazy

As I sign off one final time (until the next Crazy), the below image sums up for me, what this was all about. Amazing camaraderie & spirit within The SRG.

Leila.

Crazy 5 in Five - the finale

22nd March 2016

Day 5 pictures! Well done to everyone!

Crazy 5 in Five - Day 5

21st March 2016

Thank you to everyone who donated, supported and took part in the Crazy 5 in Five last week! We doubled our fundraising target of £10k and today hit our new target of £20k! If you would like to request photos of you or your team, please contact Katie Sadler

Crazy 5 in Five - Infographic

18th March 2016

The Sydney Runners

Well done for completing the German leg of the Crazy 5 in Five! A global achievement!
Sydney started their run before dawn, with Venus shining bright above the Opera House before sun up, and finished under 2 hours later.

Mark Pryor said, “It was an amazing experience, I really enjoyed it. Running towards the rising Sun behind the bridge and Opera House was so uplifting. I felt dangerously fresh at the end….it gets the mind thinking…Please say good luck to everyone in London for me and for those who have done all 5 that is an amazing achievement. All runners from the week should feel really proud.”

Crazy 5 in Five - Australia

18th March 2016

The Frankfurters!

Well done for completing the German leg of the Crazy 5 in Five! A global achievement!

Crazy 5 in Five - Frankfurt

17th March 2016

4 down...1 to go

Crazy 5 in Five - Day 4

17th March 2016

Thank you so much to the anonymous passer-by in Hyde Park who donated £5 to the runners after hearing about the challenge.

17th March 2016

The Dubai runners completed their 5th and final half marathon today - apparently it is hot out there...

Well done team Dubai!

Crazy 5 in Five - Dubai Finishers

17th March 2016

New York, New York! Start spreading the news! Everyone in the office completed their Central Park relay on Wednesday evening!

Well done team New York!

Crazy 5 in Five - New York Finishers

17th March 2016

We would just like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors for this week. We would not have been able to do it without you!

Thank you to our sponsors for the Crazy 5 in Five!

16th March 2016

3 down...2 to go

16th March 2016

DAY 3...DONE London are now over half way! We are very much looking forward to Friday now!

Day 3 - Crazy 5 in Five

15th March 2016

DAY 2...DONE Dubai are over half way and London are looking forward to getting to the half way point! New York are also running their relay tomorrow around Central Park.

Well done to everyone who has taken part so far and good luck to anyone who is about to embark on their first ever half marathon!

Day 2 - Crazy 5 in Five

14th March 2016

DAY 1...DONE Well done to everyone who took part in the first of the five half marathons! Our current running total stands at £16,774.00 (including gift aid). Thank you so much to everyone that has sponsored us so far!

Day 1 - Crazy 5 in Five

2nd March 2016

ENERGY GELS: If you are running your first ever half marathon then this weekend do a 10-12 mile long run and practice consuming an energy gel. Energy gels are a great source of energy during a long distance run. I use SIS GO gels. They are easy to consume and you don’t need water ad they are more liquid. They will get carbs into you more quickly. But if you are going to use these then you must practice with them before hand so that your stomach gets used to them. Please check the ingredients so that you know you are ok to have them. Take one at 45mins into your run and then another at 1hr 20min and see how they give you a good energy lift.

Crazy 5 in Five - Energy Gels

26th February 2016

Two weeks & two days count down!

To those of you attempting ALL 5, you should this weekend attempt 3 back to back runs, tonight, tomorrow and Sunday or Sat, Sun & Monday. 6-8 miles each.
To those of you attempting between 2-4, you need to be comfortable running approx. 11 miles tomorrow and then do a 4 miler on Sunday.
To those of you attempting 1 – you should be running approx. 11 – 11.5 miles by now.
To those of you running the relay (exact distance 9km), you should be happy running 7-8km by now. This weekend go for a bit more speed.

To help with sore legs and any parts of your legs that may be inflamed: sit in the bath, put the plug in and slowly fill the bath up to your waist with cold water. This is a tried and tested best way to help sore and damaged legs. It’s not particularly pleasant but works miracles.

For tired legs a great method is to lie on the floor with your bottom close up to a wall and raise your legs up. Stay like this for about 20mins and you will feel the toxins drain away. It’s a great way to get your legs back feeling refreshed ready for the next Crazy Half! See picture example.

Leila's Crazy Tip of the Day

19th February 2016

Training tip - #1

There are only 3 weeks left!!!

To those of you attempting ALL 5, by this weekend you need to be comfortable running 13miles and should have done some back to back runs on two or 3 consecutive days. 13 miles, 8miles and 6miles back to back days.
To those of you attempting between 2-4, you also need to be comfortable running approx. 10 – 11 miles this weekend and should be focusing on a bit of speed.
To those of you attempting 1 – you should be running 10miles this weekend.
To those of you running the relay (exact distance 9km), you should be happy running about 8km this weekend

Thank you for all the fund raising thus far – we are getting closer and closer to the magic £10,000 milestone.

19th February 2016

We are now only 3 weeks away from The Crazy 5 and even our finely tuned athletes who are signed up to run all five are now starting to realise that this is going to be a challenge! The great news is that we have so far managed to raise over £6,000 on our Virgin Money Giving site, so a big thank you is in order to everyone who has already started their fundraising. A special mention should go out to Stephenson Harwood not only for their amazing individual fundraising but for making a firm donation. Thank you for your support.

We hope the training is going well, Leila will be providing some words of wisdom/training tips over the next couple of weeks so make sure you keep an eye out for them.

15th February 2016

With only 4 weeks to go until the Crazy, we are pleased to have raised £3710.00 so far for Shooting Star Chase and Sport Relief.

If you would like to donate, please click here.

Thank you!

15th February 2016

Read our Crazy interview with the Taylor Root Dubai team:
- Jamie Litt, Office Manager
- Mark Anderson, Director, Taylor Root
- Oliver Berger, Consultant, Taylor Root
- Ian Jenkins, Senior Consultant, Carter Murray

Why did you decide to take part in the Crazy 5 run?
J: Was feeling like a bit of a hero when Leila sent the original e-mail around, filled with regret now!

M: Initially it sounded like an interesting challenge. Then I got lazy and fat and didn’t want to do it. Now Leila’s making me feel guilty and so I feel obliged.

O: It’s great for the Dubai office to show the rest of the SR Group how superior we are in all aspects, running included. With our resident long distance runner, Hannah ‘Pretendonitis’ Sentance cruelly struck down with a knee injury, I felt it my duty to step up to the plate.

I: I’d forgotten that the formally great chocolate bar had been a victim of rebranding and is now called Snickers; I thought I was being offered a snack. In all seriousness it was a combination of general fitness and moving to a country where multiple body obscuring layers aren’t really possible given the constant high temperatures. I think I may also have been in the pub when it first got mentioned and been suffering from an overabundance of Dutch courage.

Which option are you going for?
J: One or two. Depends on the recovery after the first one

M: Just one half marathon. Ok maybe two

O: All in – the Crazy 5 in 5

I: 1 half marathon with the possibility of a second if I still have any muscles left unsullied after the first effort. Given the general consensus on my athletic prowess I’ll be fairly happy if the ambulance taking me to hospital travels thirteen miles without the rear axle snapping under the shock of being loaded with so much weight.

Have you run this far before?
J: Yeah the weekend before Leila sent the first e-mail around I ran my first half marathon without training, hence feeling like a hero and agreeing to take part!

M: Are you serious? I’m full IRONMAN distance (14.47) triathlete! 

O: Never – ignorance is bliss. A motto that suits my running and professional life.

I: Yes but a long time ago. My lifetime athletic achievements are inversely proportioned to the total lifetime alcohol intake. This is best demonstrated by the change from county level middle distance runner and cross country participant at 14 to being out of breath walking from the TV to the fridge by age 20. Part of the reason for moving to Dubai is the high levels of service that minimise the risk of an involuntary muscle strain brought on by carrying a pint from the bar to a table.

Any worries?
J: Slight concern over how long Fibber MaGee’s will take to deliver my bacon bap on the morning after my run.

M: I have a small blister on my foot this morning.

O: Plenty – I don’t even enjoy running 5km so 21.3km is hardly appealing. As well as not finishing or finding a decent playlist…Justin Bieber’s new stuff will only get me so far…sorry.

I: I suspect my maximum capacity for running is shorter than a Channel 4 documentary on “the achievements of Kim Kardashian” (I like to imagine it would be narrated by David Attenborough). Given the distance involved it will likely take me 6 days to complete and I may become the subject of my own documentary “Run Fat Boy Run – World’s Slowest Man”. The combination of having been fired for absenteeism and becoming a celebrity overnight would no doubt lead me to take on a series of ill-advised public appearances in late night bars in small deprived Northern towns before a poorly thought out comeback attempt ends in disappointment as I’m voted out of the Big Brother house with the kind of majority that British politicians can only dream of.

Are you excited?
J: I don’t know if excited is the right word. I’m indifferent at the moment. I tend to get really nervous before any event like this or sports game etc. so I’m sure I’ll be stressing about it closer to the time. I am excited about the post run bacon bap though! Always excited about bacon.

M: It’s Sunday morning, you’ll have to ask me another time.

O: A mixture of excitement and nerves…life will be complete if I can beat Leila!

I: An unfortunate no to both definitions I am neither in a state of emotional stimulation nor am I “occupying an energy level above the ground state”. For somebody as sedentary as me excitement could lead to a range of unpleasant outcomes from low grade diabetes to a full on coronary. A better description of my current state would be moribund which as Alan Partridge would tell you means dying or about to die.

How is the training going?
J: Non-existent. It’s only 21 km right?! I actually have a chipped bone in my foot from being stood on with a stiletto heel on the dance floor at the London Christmas party in December (bare feet on a busy dance floor is not recommended). Apparently it wasn’t a good idea to shut a cupboard door on it the other day and I have now “traumatised” it, whatever that means. But that might delay any training that I had considered doing, maybe I’ll start next week!

M: I only started this morning, hence the blister.

O: I am training fairly regularly but its all gym or short distance sessions so not very appropriate!

I: So far I have planned to buy running shoes on several occasions but the shops are staffed by the kind of well-muscled, tight t-shirt wearing people that put me off gyms, this has led to me walking past the shop on every occasion. These testing encounters usually leaving me feeling drained and exhausted much like real exercise might so I reward myself with a trip to a local pub or eatery. It is after all important to provide the body with sufficient calories and hydration in the run up (excuse the pun) to any test of physical endurance.

Have you told friends / family about what you are doing? What was their response?
J: Yeah have mentioned it to a few people, the general response is that I should probably train for it Maybe they’re right…

M: Not really. Wife didn’t seem that impressed (see previous accomplishments). Dogs didn’t reply.

O: A few…mostly met with bemusement. I fell victim to the legendary Dubai stone(s) when I relocated so most find the idea of me running highly amusing!

I: I considered it but the words of wisdom would remind me how much I’m out of my depth. A parody Twitter account @Iansrunningshoes appears to have been set up which chronicles the things my hypothetical running shoes get up to with all the spare time they currently have. It also posts the occasional recipe for American style BBQ food.

12th February 2016

Read our Crazy interview with Dominik Schuette, Senior Consultant at Taylor Root Frankfurt...

Why did you decide to take part in the Crazy 5 run?
All for charity.

Which option are you going for?
Team relay.

Have you run this far before?
I ran the Berlin marathon years ago and swore to myself never to do anything similar again.

Any worries?
That I won’t fit into the SRG running shirt from last year any more…

Are you excited?
Excited like a Schnitzel, as the Germans would say.

How is the training going?
Training will officially start this weekend. If the weather‘s nice that is of course.

Have you told friends / family about what you are doing? What was their response?
I told my son. He couldn’t care less. Then again he is only 5 weeks old… bless!

10th February 2016

Read our Crazy interview with Samantha Howie, Senior Recruiter at Maximum Management, part of The SR Group:

Why did you decide to take part in the Crazy 5 run?
Peer pressure. Brutal peer pressure. But seriously, I cannot think of a more worthy cause than Shooting Star Chase and I am honored to contribute to it in partnership with my new SR Group colleagues. I just know that this will be great fun.

Which option are you going for?
Option 3 – run ‘half-a-half’, working with another as a relay team to cover 6.5 miles each.

Have you run this far before?
No. I only run when someone’s chasing me. (More of a water sports kind of gal, really). Growing up in NYC, my best friend and I would be dragged to the loop in Central Park by our moms almost weekly. We hated it intensely, so our trick was to rush ahead of them, hide in the bushes until they ran by, then double back. But that’s in the past. I’m committed to giving this my all for my all for my team and a great charity.

Any worries?
Finishing before my faster teammates drink all the alcohol.

Are you excited?
Yes, very!

How is the training going?
Well, thanks. It’s given me some welcome motivation to hit the gym more often and unhand the m&m’s. Sadly there is still an unlimited supply of pastry here in the NY office.

Have you told friends / family about what you are doing? What was their response?
“YOU’RE running?” They can always be counted on for moral support. Once the initial shock wore off, they were all very excited for me and have enjoyed all the photos and updates thus far!

10th February 2016

Read our Crazy interview with Angel Ulanday, Recruiter at Maximum Management, part of The SR Group:

Why did you decide to take part in the Crazy 5 run?
To challenge myself and to be a part of a good cause.

Which option are you going for?
I am going to run 1 day and try for 13.5 miles.

Have you run this far before?
No.

Any worries?
None – well, maybe my knees being sore.

Are you excited?
Extremely.

How is the training going?
Good.

Have you told friends / family about what you are doing? What was their response?
Yes, my family and friends are very excited for me.

10th February 2016

Read our Crazy interview with Ruth Espina, Recruiter at Maximum Management, part of The SR Group:

Why did you decide to take part in the Crazy 5 run?
As part of the newly acquired NYC office, we wanted to support our colleagues at The SR Group and this great cause!

Which option are you going for?
The team is heading over to New York City’s famed Central Park to do our own version on Wednesday March 16th.

Have you run this far before?
No

Any worries?
No

Are you excited?
Yes!

How is the training going?
Great!

Have you told friends / family about what you are doing? What was their response?
Yes, they were impressed with my new employers’ commitment to wellness & corporate social responsibility!

5th February 2016

Leila Hudson, Anthony Davies, Andy Waterhouse, Harrison Folland and Claire Whittle set off (whilst everyone was sipping cocktails at SRG Headquarters) and headed out onto the streets of London to run the Crazy 5 route!

The course is 13.1 miles dead on and includes some fantastic sights of London including; the South Bank, Westminster Cathedral, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Green Park, Admiralty Arch, Hyde Park, Serpentine lake and the MI6 building (for all 007 fans). One final practice route will be run for the Group / Pace leaders in the coming weeks.

5 members of The SR Group attempted a dry run of the Crazy Route on Friday 5th February! This is the team at the start/finish point.

5th February 2016

We are delighted to announce that our friends and colleagues over in New York will be participating in the Crazy 5-in-Five! The route will be planned around Central Park. Pictures to follow… Good luck team NY!

3rd February 2016

Wow!

We are close to hitting £1,900 on our fundraising page! Thank you to everyone that has sponsored us so far. If you would like to donate, please click here.

27th January 2016

We are in need of a few more supporters to help out during the week of the Crazy. We need a team that will help out on the mornings of Monday-Thursday (14-17th March). We will need 2 people in the office from 7am to help sign everyone in, collect disclaimers and communicate with the other 2 supporters who will be situated at the half way mark (Hyde Park) from 8am.

If you can help, please get in touch with Jessie Davies.

21st January 2016

The SR Group has confirmed the official bake day in aid of The Crazy 5-in-Five - Friday 26th February. All proceeds go to the Crazy 5-in-Five fund! Make sure you come in hungry!

20th January 2016

See Leila's Q&A with Caroline Connery, Finance Receivables Manager from our corporate charity Shooting Star Chase, who will be taking part in The Crazy-5-in-Five:

Why did you decide to take part in the Crazy 5 run?
Because of you Sylvia.

Which option are you going for?
10k relay.

Have you run this far before?
Yes.

Any worries?
To be alive by the end of it.

Are you excited?
Yes all for a good cause.

How is the training going?
Slow.

Have you told friends / family about what you are doing? What was their response?
Yes- they will be at the Cheltenham Gold Cup drinking champers whilst I work up a sweat.

20th January 2016

See Leila's Q&A with Becky Medhurst, Communications Officer from our corporate charity Shooting Star Chase, who will be taking part in The Crazy-5-in-Five:

Why did you decide to take part in the Crazy 5 run?
Because Sylvia convinced me! (And I thought it would be good motivation to get moving in the New Year).

Which option are you going for?
10k Relay.

Have you run this far before?
Never! The furthest I’ve ever run is 5k!

Any worries?
Lots – but hoping my training will continue to build my confidence before the event. At the moment 10k seems a scary prospect!

Are you excited?
I’m excited to do something new and support our amazing corporates.

How is the training going?
Not bad. It slowed down at Christmas but I’m hoping 3-4 times a week training over the next eight weeks will get me round the course.

Have you told friends / family about what you are doing? What was their response?
Mainly laughing and scepticism.

20th January 2016

See Leila's Q&A with David Burland, CEO from our corporate charity Shooting Star Chase, who will be taking part in The Crazy-5-in-Five:

Why did you decide to take part in the Crazy 5 run?
Because as CEO I always like to support people raising money for us – and join in when I can.

Which option are you going for?
10K Relay.

Have you run this far before?
Yes.

Any worries?
No.

Are you excited?
Yes – I am always excited to be involved in fundraising for Shooting Star Chase.

How is the training going?
Slowly.

Have you told friends / family about what you are doing? What was their response?
Not again!

20th January 2016

See Leila's Q&A with Paul Chandler, England Athletics Coach and a father to Dominic who is supported by Shooting Star Chase, who will be taking part in The Crazy-5-in-Five:

Why did you decide to take part in the Crazy 5 run?
I decided to take part to help push the people with tired legs on the final leg of their quest, I hope to help the runner stayed motivated with stories of how my son and my family are supported by the hospices, if this fails I will resort to gentle persuasion with a hand in the back to help them get the job done.

Which option are you going for?
The diet option one leg only.

Have you run this far before?
I have run this far lots of times.

Any worries?
I am more worried about the physical and mental state of some of the team on day five, this is a tough challenge.

How is the training going?
Training is going well and this run is helping on my way to the London marathon in April.

Have you told friends / family about what you are doing? What was their response?
I am a stealth runner and tend to just go out and do it, unless I am wearing fancy dress or pushing Dominic.

20th January 2016

See Leila's Q&A with Sylvia La Porte, Corporate Relationship Manager from our corporate charity Shooting Star Chase, who will be taking part in The Crazy-5-in-Five:

Why did you decide to take part in the Crazy 5 run?
Because I’m inspired by the level of support and commitment from The SR Group and I’m proud to support my charity with them. Plus I need to get fit…

Which option are you going for?
10k Relay.

Have you run this far before?
Yes, many times, in my dreams.

Any worries?
Letting anyone down, including myself.

Are you excited?
Tremendously. Achieving a personal goal, running with a fab bunch of people and supporting the charity I work with.

How is the training going?
It’s hard going, really hard, but I’m staying positive and I know it will be worthwhile.

Have you told friends / family about what you are doing? What was their response?
Yes! I’ve told everyone, and at every opportunity - at work, at home, on FB, Twitter, Instagram - most people who know me want to know what I’ve done with the real Sylvia ……….but are fully supportive and encouraging which is lovely.

20th January 2016

See Leila's Q&A with Emma Edwards, Challenge Events Manager from our corporate charity Shooting Star Chase, who will be taking part in The Crazy-5-in-Five:

Why did you decide to take part in the Crazy 5 run?
To represent SSC and support my colleagues.

Which option are you going for?
10km distance, team relay.

Have you run this far before?
Yes, taken part in a number of 10Ks, half marathons and two marathons.

Any worries?
Not at the moment!

Are you excited?
Looking forward to the afternoon and spending time with my colleagues and The SR group team.

How is the training going?
Comfortable in running 4/5 miles at the weekend. Took part in London Marathon last April but haven’t done much running since. Ooopps! Cycling and at the gym twice a week.

19th January 2016

See Leila's Q&A with Jessica Robinson at law firm Dentons, who will be taking part in The Crazy-5-in-Five:

Why did you decide to take part in the Crazy 5 run?
No idea, sounded like a good idea at the time…

Which option are you going for?
5 in 5

Have you run this far before?
Yes Paris marathon a couple of years ago.

Any worries?
That I'll oversleep and miss the runs – I'm really not an early morning person.

Are you excited?
If so why? Yes, mostly about the beer and burger after the last race!

How is the training going?
Not bad, it's providing some motivation to get out in the cold weather.

Have you told friends / family about what you are doing? What was their response?
Yes, general comments on the theme of 'Why?' 'You nutter' and 'I think you might die…'

14th January 2016

See Leila's Q&A with Matthew Sapte, Partner at law firm Dentons, who will be taking part in The Crazy-5-in-Five:

Why did you decide to take part in the Crazy 5 run?
Not to be outdone by Gareth. Also, not to let the side down – I suspected that there would be few partners involved, and that would have been a bit of a poor show. And perhaps most importantly, it's a good excuse to get out of the house and avoid being the taxi driver for the various kids' birthday parties at the weekend.

Which option are you going for?
Errr, I think it was 2 or 3. The issue is that I am down for the Bath HM the prior weekend.

Have you run this far before?
Before breakfast on a weekday, no. In a week, no. In aggregate over my lifetime, yes. Might spur me on to bigger and better things (the Marathon de Sables) or put me off for good.

Any worries?
Plenty.

Are you excited?
Not yet. All seems a bit mad to me, but there you go.

How is the training going?
Slowly. Very slowly. No point in rushing these things.

Have you told friends / family about what you are doing? What was their response?
My wife would probably smell a rat, (correctly) suspect some ulterior motive, and ban me. So the less said, the better.

14th January 2016

See Leila's Q&A with Jamie Macleod, Associate at law firm Dentons, who will be taking part in The Crazy-5-in-Five:

Why did you decide to take part in the Crazy 5 run?
Craziness. And the suspicion that the festive indulgence almost killed me.

Which option are you going for?
The big kahoona.

Have you run this far before?
Not in a week.

Any worries?
All of them.

Are you excited?
Excited to break new ground for myself.

How is the training going?
Training? Low level, needs to ramp up.

Have you told friends / family about what you are doing? What was their response?
I mentioned it once, and the scepticism has put me off from doing so until nearer the time, and until I have more miles under my belt.

13th January 2016

See Leila's Q&A with Guy Hurst, Risk Analyst at law firm Dentons, who will be taking part in The Crazy-5-in-Five:

Why did you decide to take part in the Crazy 5 run?
I ran a couple of marathons last year, and have my eye on an ultra next year, and thought this would be a good challenge.

Which option are you going for?
The Full Monty!

Have you run this far before?
No – I’ve run 45 miles in a week last year, but that’s as close as I’ve got to it.

Any worries?
Injuries, lack of fitness, falling asleep at my desk…… all the usual!

Are you excited?
Yes – it’s a proper physical and mental challenge.

How is the training going?
Ran 37.1 miles last week, at various speeds and distances, so I’m optimistic.

Have you told friends / family about what you are doing? What was their response?
I have – my wife thinks I’m mental, and my running friends think it’s normal… not sure what that means really!

11th January 2016

We have setup our fundraising page! Good luck everyone - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Crazy-5-in-Five

8th January 2016

We have nearly 100 runners subscribed! WOW

7th January 2016

We have our first bit of coverage! https://www.recruitment-international.co.uk/blog/2016/01/the-sr-group-to-run-the-crazy-5-in-five