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Koozai Rise To The Great South Run Challenge

5th Oct 2012 News, Koozai News | 6 Comments


Bupa Great South RunOn 28th October, 12 Koozai employees will be taking on the Bupa Great South Run to raise money for four separate charities. We have a real mix of people running (everything from an “Iron Man” to first time runners) so it should be an interesting event, and a great way to support good causes.

In this blog post we check out the charities and run down the runners;

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The primary charity for our entry is Kids Cancer Charity, who nine of the team are supporting. We also have three additional charities. Alec Sharratt is supporting Cancer Research UK, Andrew Curtis is running for Keech Hospice Care and Graeme Benge is raising money for the Encephalitis Society.

The Runners

Over the last four months each of our runners has risen to the challenge. Taunts have been made, personal bests broken and gauntlets laid down. In one day we’ll find out if all that training paid off, and will crown our winner. You can see the lowdown on each of our candidates below, and remember to donate to whomever you’d like to support.

Alec Sharratt

Running for
Cancer Research UK

What is the most you’ve run before this event?
12 miles

Who on the team would you like to beat and why?
I don’t care about beating people, its all about taking part, achieving a personal best and helping my teammates achieve their goals

What time would you like to achieve?
2 hours or less

What inspired you to run in the event?
Peer pressure followed by a short lived sense of personal motivation, now I am running on fear alone! Also it’s for charity and I like personal challenges

How is your training going?
Not well! Back problems have put a lid on it for a while which ruined the fitness I achieved in the first couple of months. Now I just want to survive the event!

Donate and Support Alec

Andrew Curtis

Running For
Keech Hospice Care

What is the most you’ve run before this event?
10km (6.2 miles) Sport Aid, Run The World May 1986.  Although I have to say ‘run’ is questionable. I think it was more a big sprint for the first 200 meters, a struggle for another three quarters and a walk to the pub for the last few hundred meters.

Who on the team would you like to beat and why?
Rob. He’s half my age and I don’t think he could live with the embarrassment if I beat him.

What time would you like to achieve?
Under 70 ish mins.

What inspired you to run in the event?
Inspired?! I would say it was peer pressure.

How is your training going?
That’s confidential.

Donate and Support Andrew Curtis

Andrew Tonks

Andrew TonksRunning for
Kids Cancer Charity

What is the most you’ve run before this event?
About 15 miles, I tend to run quite a bit at the gym.

Who on the team would you like to beat and why?
Ollie – he seems to have already made his mind up that he’s going to beat everyone in the office.

What time would you like to achieve?
One second faster than Ollie.

What inspired you to run in the event?
Andy has spoken about doing it ever since working at Koozai and it is a good way to lose a bit of weight.

How is your training going?
Not too bad, although I went on holiday a few weeks ago and it seems to have messed up my training pattern a bit.

Donate and Support Andrew Tonks

Andy Williams

Andy WilliamsRunning for
Kids Cancer Charity

What is the most you’ve run before this event?
No doubt Rob is going to bring up his Ironman shenanigans so I’ll throw my 4 Marathons (Paris, London, Halstead and Edinburgh) in an 8 week time slot during 2009 into the ring. I’ve also run a number of half marathons and I’ve done the Great South Run a number of times now.

Who on the team would you like to beat and why?
I’m gunning for Rob. I’ve made this quite clear to him. He can Ironman this up all he likes, I’m not bothered. I want to beat Rob. However when I first pushed everyone into doing this I had my eye on beating everyone, then I heard some training times and I looked at a top three place. Now I have been hit with health problems which means I should now come last. The problem is no matter what happens to you, you can’t change a competitive state of mind – I STILL WANT FIRST PLACE.

What time would you like to achieve?
Whatever time beats Rob, simple as. OK more realistically I want a personal best – anything under 1hr 25mins

What inspired you to run in the event?
I have entered this event for the past 4 years, it’s a great event and one of the most enjoyable ones. Running for charity just makes it all the more.

How is your training going?
It’s not, usually I am 100% prepared, strict training plans and diet. No matter what the weather, the plan is kept to. This time around my health means I am going to end up going into this untrained. But don’t be fooled – this is a well-trained body capable of adapting back to a running state of mind at the drop of a hat. It’s like a machine. If you want an outside bet it has to be Koozai Andy.

Donate and Support Andy Williams

Chris Simmance

Chris SimmanceRunning for
Kids Cancer Charity

What is the most you’ve run before this event?
I’ve never run properly before.

Who on the team would you like to beat and why?
Mike Essex! Because he is probably my only competition.

What time would you like to achieve?
1h45m/2h.

What inspired you to run in the event?
The whole team making the effort to run and me only just being healthy enough to do it.

How is your training going?
Up to an avg 3miles in 30mins. That’s constant non-stop running at 6mph.

Donate and Support Chris

Graeme Benge

Running For
Encephalitis Society

What is the most you’ve run before this event?
I’ve chased the odd bus but have essentially only run when in dire need of the loo.

Who on the team would you like to beat and why?
Hannah because it will probably mean I’ve got it over and done with in about 10 minutes.

What time would you like to achieve?
Being a run newbie, if I can get sub 1hr 45m I’ll be happy. I’m not paying too much attention to time other than making sure I finish before they open the roads up again!

What inspired you to run in the event?
I would like to raise a bit of money for the Encephalitis Society. It’s not a widely known illness yet it affects a lot of people and is tough on families too.

How is your training going?
Alright. Up to 6 miles now, need to up my game though – Rocky style, with some Survivor on the playlist.

Donate and Support Graeme

Hannah Norman

Hannah NormanRunning for
Kids Cancer Charity

What is the most you’ve run before this event?
I got into long distance running about 4 years ago when I entered the Pairs Marathon in 2009, since then I have completed a couple of 10k, 10 mile, 20 mile and 2 London marathons.

Who on the team would you like to beat and why?
Everyone!! Ha ha, no I would like to beat my PB which is 1hr 23mins.

What time would you like to achieve?
I would love to complete it in 1hr 15min but realistically (due to the lack of training I have done) I would like to finish in under 1hr 20mins

What inspired you to run in the event?
Raising money and awareness for our chosen Charity, Kids Cancer Charity and trying to set myself a new PB

How is your training going?
Not as well as I would like, that is all I am saying…..!

Donate and Support Hannah

James Perrin

James PerrinRunning for
Kids Cancer Charity

What is the most you’ve run before this event?
I used to run around a lot as a child, does that count? Other than that I have participated in a half marathon. I did okay.

Who on the team would you like to beat and why?
Andy Williams, because if I don’t…well, it doesn’t bare thinking about.

What time would you like to achieve?
As long as I’m at least one second faster than Andy, I don’t care.

What inspired you to run in the event?
I’m a sheep, and I follow the crowd. No, I like to think that I’m a fairly sporty person – so whenever I can, I like to get involved in sport and activities. Oh and it’s for a great cause of course.

How is your training going?
On the record – amazing, couldn’t be better.

Off the record – hopeless, haven’t done nearly enough, and I think my knees will probably break on race day.

Donate and Support James

Mike Essex

Mike EssexRunning for
Kids Cancer Charity

What is the most you’ve run before this event?
Whatever the most is they force you to do at school, so probably 2500m meters.

Who on the team would you like to beat and why?
I’d like to beat Chris as we seem evenly matched and each time I get a better time he gets a slightly better one so I think it’ll be a close race.

What time would you like to achieve?
I’d like to beat 1 hour 40 so around 10 minutes a mile. If I beat 1 hour 30 then that would be amazing.

What inspired you to run in the event?
I was taken aback by how many of the Koozai team rallied behind such a great cause and so I wanted to help. I’d also like to thank those who took part in my Top 100 Challenge, which also helped bump up donations.

How is your training going?
I’m currently at 6 miles in 60 minutes so am happy so far. I sprained my foot last week so that was frustrating. On the whole I’m happy; When I started I couldn’t even run for a minute so it’s been exciting to try and get better.

Donate and Support Mike

Oliver Ewbank

Running for
Kids Cancer Charity

What is the most you’ve run before this event?
I ran the London 10k back in 2007. I hated every minute of it.

Who on the team would you like to beat and why?
Andrew Tonks because he has all the gear! Anyone else who thinks they can beat me!

What time would you like to achieve?
Some ridiculous times have been mentioned around the office! I will be happy with 65 minutes.

What inspired you to run in the event?
Watching the Olympics (especially Jessica Ennis!), Andy Williams and Rocky Balboa.

How is your training going?
Not bad. I play tennis 4 times a week and run once a week. My left knee is a bit dodgy but other than that I am injury free. I now drink gin instead of beer and eat less pizza!

Donate and Support Ollie

Rob Arkell

Rob ArkellRunning for
Kids Cancer Charity

What is the most you’ve run before this event?
Marathons and Ironman UK

Who on the team would you like to beat and why?
Andy.. because he keeps telling me that my youth is no match for experience.

What time would you like to achieve?
As close to the hour as possible.

What inspired you to run in the event?
I’m only doing it because Andy bullied me into it.

How is your training going?
All on track at the moment!

Donate and Support Rob

Tom Howlett

Tom HowlettRunning for
Kids Cancer Charity

What is the most you’ve run before this event?
I have run a maximum of five miles before and that was in training for this event, unfortunately I’m not a great long distance runner.

Who on the team would you like to beat and why?
I would like to beat Rob. This is likely an impossible task, but something to aim for I guess.

What time would you like to achieve?
I would like to do it in an hour and a half or just under. I will be happy with that.

What inspired you to run in the event?
I have always wanted to take part in a similar event, a 10 mile event seemed like a good place to start. The atmosphere surrounding these types of events seem amazing and it would be good to be part of that.

How is your training going?
Could be better – I am not naturally good at running so it is difficult, but I am making progress.

Donate and Support Tom

We hope you’ll join us in wishing good luck to all of the runners as well as everyone across the UK who is taking part on the day.

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Ben Norman

CEO and Founder of Koozai, Ben Norman has extensive knowledge of search engine marketing. A regular writer on the subject, Ben’s first book, ‘Getting Noticed on Google’ has sold over 50,000 copies. Ben’s comprehensive knowledge is written in a straightforward and easily understandable way; be sure to read his sought after contributions on the future of Koozai.

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