Norwich's London marathon team
Stephen PullingerAccountants from a health-conscious Norwich-based firm have been busy getting their figures in shape for the Virgin London Marathon.Stephen Pullinger
Accountants from a health-conscious Norwich-based firm have been busy getting their figures in shape for the Virgin London Marathon.
Iain Clayton, Graham Lyon and Graham Bainger - all directors of LEES - will be running on Sunday, along with staff members Sue Clayton and Carolyn Burrage. It will be the firm's biggest entry in the 26-mile challenge and will raise money for the Mental Health Foundation.
Keeping fit has become part of office life for LEES, with running so popular that the city firm has formed its own club. Directors and staff get together for regular runs from the company's Meridian Business Park headquarters to Whitlingham Broad and back, including cross-country routes around the broad and nearby countryside.
The LEES running club includes the five London Marathon entrants, along with Hazel and Tony Brain, Wayne Buckley, Lisa Craggs and Marie Wilson.
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'It's well known that having a healthy and active workforce creates a more productive and successful company, which really is 'fit for business'. Running is proving a positive and very enjoyable activity for many of us here at LEES and we are, naturally, very keen to encourage it,' said Mr Bainger, the firm's most experienced athlete with 11 London Marathons, numerous half-marathons, triathlons and an iron man triathlon under his belt.
Anyone wanting to sponsor the runners from LEES can visit the website www.justgiving.com/gigs or call 01603-307900.
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t Virgin Money employee Rebecca Mower and her partner Ollie Carter, of Horstead, near Wroxham, hope to raise more than �1,600 between them for Leukaemia Care and the British Lung Foundation. Rebecca lost her grandfather Aubrey Hudson, a popular local publican, to leukaemia in 1992.
t Norwich City Council civil enforcement officer Alan Edwards is running on behalf of the Alzheimers Society. He said: 'This will probably be my last marathon and as my father suffers from the condition I would like to do what I can to help him and others in the same position. I have set a minimum target of �500.' Sponsor him on www.virginmoneygiving.com/alanedwards
t Simon Beet, 58, of Thorpe Abbotts, near Diss, will be taking part in his fourth London Marathon, raising funds for Help for Heroes.
The former Royal Marine, who is aiming for a time of about 4hr, is on course to raise more than �8,000. To sponsor him, visit www.bmycharity.com/simonbeet
t Archant colleagues have been sponsoring Sally Withey, 40, production editor at the EDP Norfolk Magazine, who will be running her first marathon.
Aiming for a time of about 4hr 30min, she hopes to raise about �500 for Macmillan Cancer Support.