Not for Profit

Charity will benefit afterall as runners limber up for this weekend's virtual Gloucester 10k run

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 03 July 2020 8:21

It is as much strength of will as it is fitness that keeps a runner going – and perhaps that doggedness explains why even with a pandemic the Gloucester 10k was always going to find a way. 

Organised by a team led by Gloucester solicitors Davies and Partners the event was established to showcase the city’s finer points and quickly established itself as a flat, fast, fun run for all abilities. 

And then Covid-19 cancelled this year’s event. That is until organiser Nigel Tillott, managing partner of the aforementioned firm, agreed run a virtual 10k to ensure charity of the year, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, and the scores of other beneficiaries, did not lose out. 

Runners were encouraged (and still are being encouraged) to enter and complete the distance over this weekend, logging their results on-line. And one such crack squad, secretly in-training throughout lockdown, is from accountants Randall & Payne. 

“The virtual Gloucester 10K has come at a perfect time after 15 weeks of remote working during lockdown,” said Rob Case (pictured above in full flight), whose fellow team features some of the firm's heavyweight names - including Tim Watkins, Will Abbott, Shaun Pegler, James Geary, Andy Sweet, Carrie-Anne Dailly and Ethan Powell. 

That’s three partners, two recently promoted directors, one newly appointed manager and two trainees. 

“Eight of our team at Randall & Payne signed up to be involved in the 10K which has given us a shared goal which is not work related, and motivation to get outside and exercise regularly which is so important for wellbeing. 

 “We’ve been sharing our training progress and some selfies on our firm’s WhatsApp group which was set up as we went into lockdown to keep us all connected. And as you’d expect from accountants, we are looking forward comparing our vital statistics afterwards. 

“The event itself is supporting Sue Ryder which is a fantastic charity, and we are also raising funds for our corporate charity Scoo-B-Doo (supporting the neonatal unit at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital) since we have had to postpone fundraising events, in our attempt to raise £15,000 for an incubator.” 

Fiona Hughes, from the firm, is running a JustGiving page to help the squad raise money while it concentrates on fitness with a target of £1,000. What that page does not tell you is that together, all the staff at the Shurdington-headquartered firm have raised in excess of £11,000 towards Scoo-B-Doo to date.

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Mr Tillott, who will also be running his own event for the first time since its inception, took to Facebook last night to cheer everyone on and celebrate reaching the target of 500 runners. 

“Massive thanks everyone your support has been amazing - and still time to drag a few more out of their armchairs in support of a great cause 

“What an amazing achievement, thank you to everyone who has registered for the virtual Gloucester 10k. We are delighted to have over 500 runners joining us this weekend.  

“Proceeds from all of your registrations will go to Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice so you are contributing to a wonderful cause. We can't thank you enough! 

“If you still want to take part but haven't registered yet then there is still plenty of time.” 

Register here for just £10: