Blachford UK sponsors 2019 Redbrik Half Marathon Fun Run

Blachford employees put on their running shoes

Local manufacturer and employer, Blachford UK has confirmed its sponsorship of the 1km Fun Run at the Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon for the second year running.
The family-friendly Blachford Fun Run will form part of the Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon events on 20 October 2019, along with the Peak FM Five Mile Run and Pronto Paints Wellbeing Challenge. The Fun Run will be open to people of all ages – and dogs!
Starting at 9.40am, the Fun Run will start and end in Queen’s Park, with entry priced at £5.
Based in Holmewood, Blachford UK is one of Europe’s leading designers and manufacturers of noise reducing trim and insulation for industrial vehicles.
In addition to its sponsorship of the Fun Run, the firm will enter its own team into the event, as well as the Pronto Paints Wellbeing Challenge, Peak FM Five Mile Run and Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon, to help raise money for local good causes.
Around 1,500 people signed up to Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon events in 2018, almost double the sign-up total from the previous year.
The Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon has raised around £100,000 for good causes since its inaugural event in 2017, including for the event’s charity partners Ashgate Hospicecare and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Jason Lippitt, Managing Director of Blachford UK, said: “It’s a great honour to be part of the fundraising efforts to support local charities. Many of our staff live in Chesterfield so this is a great way for us to contribute to and get involved with the wider community.
“Many of the Blachford team are, once again, looking forward to pulling on their running shoes and taking part in all of the Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon’s events, and to help raise more money for charity.”
Martin Ross, who took part in the 2018 Blachford UK Fun Run with his five-year-old grandson, said: “The 1km event last year was great fun and a good addition to the Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon events.
“I’m looking forward to taking part again in 2019 and seeing the Fun Run help the Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon continue to grow into one of the region’s biggest mass-participation events. I’m sure my grandson will beat me again!”
John Timms, Event Director at Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon, said: “We’re delighted to have Blachford UK on board for 2019 after the success of the 2018 Blachford UK Fun Run.
“Partnerships with local businesses such as Blachford are crucial to us as one of the region’s fastest-expanding mass-participation events. The firm has good community roots and we’re excited to see this partnership continue to develop.”

Entries close to the Blachford Fun Run close online on Sunday 6 October, however entries will also be taken on race day before 9am. For more information or to sign-up, visit

Blachford UK appoints new NPI Project Manager

Blachford UK has appointed experienced project manager, Patrick O’Donnell to its management team.
Patrick joins the Chesterfield-based manufacturer of acoustic components for industrial and agricultural vehicles, as its NPI Project Manager.
Within his new role at Blachford, Patrick will be responsible for managing the implementation of all new products into the company. The newly created role is aligned to the company’s world class ambitions.
He brings an automotive engineering background to the role, having previously worked for a number of international vehicle technology companies. Having began his career as a CNC machinist before progressing to a design manufacturing engineer role, Patrick brings extensive shop floor and project management experience to the role.
He credits his career progression and personal learning, which began with an apprenticeship, with giving him a wider understanding and appreciation of the processes and roles of individuals involved
Commenting on his appointment Patrick said: “The opportunity to take a hands-on approach and be part of Blachford’s growth, development and industry innovation, not only attracted me to the role but also to the company.”
He added: “People are key to the success of Blachford and one of the reasons that the company is internationally renowned for innovation in the field of vehicle acoustics. I am delighted to now be part of the team.”
Outside work Patrick enjoys football, being a Sheffield United season ticket holder as well as managing his sons Under 8s football team, Woodhouse Juniors FC.
If you’re interested in becoming part of the Blachford UK team, contact us through our website.