Coomers staff raise £2k for charity in Great South Run

Published:  02 November, 2012

PORTSMOUTH: Six members of Coomers staff were amongst 25,000 people to participate in the Bupa Great South Run on 28 October.

The 10 mile run took place on a flat course through Southsea and past some of Portsmouth's landmarks, including HMS Victory, the Spinnaker Tower and Southsea seafront.

Phil Burns, Matt Stevens, Kev Wells and Sam Lumley from Coomers at Haslemere, and Nicky Thorneycroft and Tim Knight from Coomers at Oakhanger all participated in the race on the very cold and slightly damp Sunday morning. The Haslemere staff were running on behalf of the British Liver Trust (in memory of a much loved colleague), while the Oakhanger staff were running for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. At the time of going to press it was estimated that they have raised £2000 between them, and the Royal Marsden report that over £25,000 has been raised for their cause alone by the 60 people running on their behalf!

The finishing times and positions of Coomers staff were as follows: Tim Knight 1.14.06 (pos 1190), Kev Wells 1.26.12 (pos 4898), Sam Lumley 1.27.01 (pos 5212), Phil Burns 1.33.58 (pos 7882), Nicky Thorneycroft 1.34.00 (pos 7902), Matt Stevens 1.47.52 (pos 12848).

In addition, the four runners from Coomers at Haslemere entered a team in the medium business category and won with an accumulated time of 6.15.03.

All received a medal for completing the race and Mr Burns was especially brave in accepting a challenge from a timber supplier (SCA) and sporting a mankini for a short spell before the race, for which SCA donated £50 to charity. Mr Burns - who received a “high five” from Dame Kelly Holmes at the start of the race - says that the atmosphere and team spirit of the day was fantastic and he and other members of staff hope to participate in another charity run next year.

The company has been fundraising for the British Liver Trust and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity throughout the year by way of instore collections at their three branches and at corporate events. They estimate that over £3200 will have been raised in total for these causes by the end of 2012.

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