Three employees from Corporate Telecommunications in Leigh, together with a colleague from a supplier company, successfully completed the BUPA Great Manchester Run on May 20th, raising the cash through sponsorship from well wishers.
The fundraising trio from Corporate Telecommunications were general manager Paul Baxter, who finished in 71 minutes, credit control manager James German, who finished in 50 minutes, and buyer Gavin Lomax, 62 minutes.
Jonathan Beatson, distribution manager at headset manufacturer Jabra, also joined them.
Their collective athletic efforts raised £1,236 for Kidney Research UK., the leading UK charity focused on research into the prevention, treatment and management of kidney disease.
A cheque for the amount was handed over to Carol Bonham, the charity’s North West fundraising manager, at a presentation ceremony at Corporate Telecommunications’ headquarters on Tuesday 12th June.
Said Carol, “it is because of the generosity of companies such as Corporate Telecommunications that we are able to fund our life-saving work. The lives of over three million people in the UK are under-threat from chronic kidney disease, a devastating and debilitating condition that can affect anyone at any time. We are very grateful to Paul, James, Gavin and Jonathan for taking part in the wonderful Great Manchester Run in aid of us, and to the whole company for really getting behind their efforts.”
The GM Run is a gruelling 10 km (6.22 miles) race around the streets of Manchester and Salford. It is one of the world’s fastest growing running events and Britain’s premier race over this distance.
Proud-but-tired Paul Baxter said, “10 km is further than I had ever run before, so it was quite a challenge. In addition, we only decided to enter four weeks before the actual race, so we didn’t have very long to prepare. But it was for an excellent cause, which helped to keep us all motivated. I lost a few pounds in weight as well, which was a bonus.”
Paul, Gavin, James and Jonathan joined 28,000 other competitors in the event, including stars from Coronation Street and Olympic champions Dame Kelly Homes, Amir Khan and Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.
The overall race was won by 20-year-old Kenyan Micah Kogo in a record-breaking 27 minutes and 21 seconds, the fastest ever time for the distance in the UK.