We’ve never been ones to shy away from a challenge; so when the opportunity came up to get involved in the Staines 10k event we jumped at the chance.
Whilst this is our first time sponsoring the race, Wilkins Kennedy’s Heathrow office covers a wide area of the business community, including Staines, so we pride ourselves on getting involved to support a number of local initiative. For example, we are long-standing associates and sponsors of the Staines-Upon-Thames Day, which includes the infamous rubber duck race, and we continue to be a part of it every year. Events such as these are a really great way to let off a bit of steam and support some of our local community initiatives.
The Staines 10k has been running for a number of years and was originally created as a fast flat competitive course, designed to be an easy run for people of all levels. It was also hoped to be a way of raising much-needed cash for local causes.
As a firm with a number of resident runners, a team of nine put themselves forward. The team consisted of myself, Paul Creasey, Rachel Elkins, Joanne Edwards, Claire Kirk, Matt Leach, Ben Brown, Kirsty Ramsey and Matt Price.
I was the firm’s first to finish the race – fitting as Wilkins Kennedy partner, and Staines resident! Despite a knee injury, Rachel Elkins was also able to bravely cross the finish line.
In addition to our runners, Wilkins Kennedy also offered sponsorship of the event in two categories. This was the men’s team and veteran 55 women – for all ladies aged over 55. Our sponsorship aimed to support prize giving and trophy costs and our team of runners also sported their branded t-shirts.
Whilst it was all a bit of fun, we decided we would hold our own internal prize giving when we were back at the office comparing stories. We considered a number of enviable accolades, including the “most number of steps taken to complete 10k”.
This was a fun-first for us and we have no doubt we will be making a return next year. Until then we hope you enjoy a few of our photos from the day!