Congratulations team! Seven members of the Blachford UK family successfully participated in this year’s Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon on Sunday 20 October – racking up an average time of 2:08:28 for the 13.1 mile course.
Boasting more runners than ever, Blachford UK was once again delighted to sponsor the Fun Run alongside fellow sponsors Redbrick and Peak FM which sponsored the 5 Mile run.
The three events attracted more than 1,500 participants – the biggest Chesterfield Half Marathon yet – and also helped raise thousands for good causes across the region. £40,000 was pledged in 2019 for charities including main charity partners – Chesterfield-based Ashgate Hospicecare and North Anston-based Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
A further donation is set to be given to both Ashgate Hospice & Bluebell Wood by Blachford UK following a Facebook competition asking people to guess the average time of Blachford runners in the Half Marathon. Neil Barstow was closest with his guess of 2:18:55 and nominated to have his £100 prize donated to the 2 charities.
Neil also helped raise further money by taking part in the Blachford Fun Run with his wife and two children. The Fun Run was open to people of all ages – and dogs!
As well as half marathon runners, Blachford employees and their families could be found throughout the route, both as competitors in the Fun Run and Five Mile Run and as volunteers on the Vicar Lane water station.
Managing Director Jason Lippitt, Jo Kisgory, PA to the Directors and Lisa Wibberley, Accounts Assistant all volunteered at the annual event, handing out water and shouting words of encouragement to the thirsty runners on a cold Sunday morning.
Jo said: “I volunteered on the water station last year and loved it. Someone handed me a megaphone to shout words of encouragement but this year they didn’t think I needed it! It was a fantastic day. The team and I all loved it in spite of the cold.”
And, despite competing last year, Jason was unfortunately unable to compete in the Half Marathon due to injury, but his wife Julie, stepped up in his place and did the Blachford team proud.
Blachford’s runners and times included:
Redrik Chesterfield Half Marathon
• Marc Slack – 1:41:44
• Ryan Phillips -1:55:05
• Graham Howland – 1:59:51
• Ian Roe – 2:05:40
• Paddy O’Donnell – 2:19:23
• Julie Lippitt – 2:28:45
• Paul Pearson – 2:28:48
Peak FM 5 Mile Run
• Connor Tolan, Junior Project Engineer: 40:05
Blachford Fun Run
• Neil Barstow, Materials and Planning Manager
As part of the preparations for the Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon, an “after work” running club was established at Blachford and it paid off, with every member of the team finishing the race.
Jason commented: “The Redbrik Half Marathon is always a fantastic event and we’re proud to have been a part of it again this year. The sense of community in Chesterfield is amazing and we love the opportunity to be able to get involved with local events like this, particularly ones where the wide Blachford team can get involved. A huge well done to everyone who took part. It was a tough course.”
Logan Fairey was the winner of the 1KM Blachford Fun Run, which took place within the boundaries of Queen’s Park in tandem with the main event. Cohan Beatson, HR Advisor, had the honour of presenting the prizes for the Blachford Fun Run.