Running for a good cause

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For the last five years we’ve been pleased to sponsor the Brentwood Half Marathon and Fun Run. More than 3,000 people set off round the 13.1 mile route and although a bit cold the weather conditions were not bad for running. It was once again a fantastic occasion to be part of, seeing runners of all ages cross the finish line rightfully proud of what they’d achieved. The town came out in force to support everyone and lots of money will have been raised for some great charities in and around Brentwood. It’s great to see so many of our people getting involved in running, volunteering, sponsoring and spectating. In total LV= had 51 runners take part – a huge well done to everyone. Here are the top three runners from LV=

LV= Employee runners Male Female
1st Thomas Wilson Joanna Bews
2nd James Garwood Louise Riddleston
3rd Michael White Milissa Goodrich

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For Michael White, Broker Strategy & Performance Director, this was training for the London Marathon. Having ran the London Marathon before back in 2014 (2 weeks before a knee reconstruction operation) Michael was determined to beat his time and raise even more money for a well-deserved charity.  Read Michael’s story here:

The day itself was perfect.  You couldn’t ask for better conditions.  My previous personal best was 3 hours 31 minutes.  When I passed 24 miles at the 3 hour mark I was easily going to better that.  However, I seem to always suffer from cramp in the latter stages of a marathon and it got the better of me on mile 25.  Unfortunately due to severe cramp my last two miles took 26 minutes and I came home still very happy on 3 hours 26 minutes.

This at least gives me something to try and better next year!  It’s also relieving for once to not be booked straight in for a post-marathon knee operation which has happened both times in the last two years.  I’m so happy about this that I have registered today for the Bournemouth Marathon in October!

If I am being modest I know it’s a really good time, however, there were still two guys over the age of 70 that were quicker than me and a lady over the age of 65.  Amazing people!  I also got beat by a guy dressed as a sunflower and managed to shrug off a human lobster in the last mile!

Thank you all so much for your extremely generous donations for Essex Disabled Sports Foundation.  I bumped into the President of the charity Mike Jackson on the way home on Sunday and he was extremely thankful for all of the support.

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