The Crazy Challenge
We are calling this event “The Crazy 5 in Five” and will be splitting all donations raised (50/50) to Sport Relief and our chosen corporate charity of the year, Shooting Star Chase.
We have over 80 participants so far which include: members of our business (including our CEO, Mark Brewer), some clients of ours, a few of the staff members from Shooting Star Chase (including their CEO, David Burland) and parents of some of the children from the hospice.
Each run will start at 7:15am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning. The Friday run, coinciding with the Sports Relief celebrations, will commence at 2:45pm.
The 13.1 mile route has been devised to take in some of the most iconic sights in London – the river Thames (north and south embankments), Horse Guards Parade, St James’s Park, the Ritz, Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gardens, Buckingham Palace, Westminster and the London Eye.
The challenges of the week include:
• Option 1 – run all five days (as a member of the ‘crazy group’)
• Option 2 – run one, two or three days as desired
• Option 3 – run ‘half-a-half’, working with another as a relay team to cover 6.5 miles each
In addition to getting everyone around the 13.1 mile route safely, we want to help spread the SSC and Sport Relief message among our internal and external networks and raise as much money as possible for two incredibly worthy causes. Our fundraising target was initially set at £10,000 but, based on the current levels of interest and enthusiasm among our team; we believe that we will beat this target.
Our Director of Training, Leila Hudson, has masterminded this entire challenge. As a keen runner, she has been offering training to all participants and holding a ‘running club’ every Tuesday evening. She has always wanted to get involved in a Sport Relief challenge and also visited the Shooting Star Chase Hampton Hospice last year which left a real impression on her to help, as much as she possibly can.
Mark Brewer, CEO, The SR Group, has commented on the challenge:
“When I was first approached about this idea, my initial thought was, ‘why on earth would anyone put themselves through this?’ Not being a runner I wasn’t really sure if this was possible or indeed if anyone would be keen to take part; not to mention the practicalities of running 13.1 miles before 9am and then working a full day in the office. Within a few days this concern was starting to be replaced by a rather active interest and I found myself signing up and getting excited about the prospect, if a little concerned that I could not complete the full 13.1miles. It’s been a long time since I ran – I am more a rugby man than a runner! I strongly believe that investing in your employees’ health and well-being is crucial to a happy and successful working environment and this is doing exactly that. The thought of running 13.1 miles is still slightly concerning but we’re all getting behind this challenge and hope to raise as much as we can for Shooting Star Chase and Sport Relief, while improving our own fitness levels at the same time.”
The SR Group takes the health of our people seriously and we already encourage our employees to remain active, healthy and well. We offer our employees free weekly boot camp and yoga sessions, fitness training programmes, gym membership and private GP services, and have taken part at group level in a number of more ‘physical’ charity events including half and full marathons, obstacle courses and sky dives.