Friday the 15th June was a rather toasty summer's day here in London - even more so for the 87 MVFers who took part in our run club fundraiser. Inspired by an incredible talk from Ben Smith, who took on his 401 challenge in 2016 (running 401 marathons in as many days), the MVF run club decided it was time to get MVFers moving too, all in the name of charity.
The idea was simple. MVFers would cover 402 km in one day, and pledge their running distance in pounds. Thanks to some careful planning from run club legends Scott Christie and Tarquin Hellier, the run club organised four separate activities to hit this ambitious target: the 100 km relay (that took place throughout the day from the Imperial Works and Atrium offices), a 10K run, a 5K run and the ‘MVF mile’. With distances ranging from one to 13 miles, everyone had an opportunity to get involved.
The initial 402 km target was well and truly smashed, with a total of 703 km covered during the day! Afterwards runners and non-runners alike gathered for some much needed Friday evening refreshments, and the money donated towards these was also added to the pot. In total over £1700 was raised on the day through pledges and donations, all for which was matched by MVF, resulting in a huge £3,400 donation - making this MVF’s most successful fundraising event ever! The funds were given to our local partner charity, Castlehaven, who used it to fund their youth summer club for local children.
Client Ops Manager, Scott Christie commented:
“It was amazing to have so many MVF staff taking part in both the relay and the 'fun runs'. As well as the phenomenal amount of money raised, it was great to meet a lot of first time runners. As a result of the camaraderie (and undoubtedly the wonderful social atmosphere afterwards), we've seen more and more people coming out to join the lunchtime runners, so we are aiming for an even bigger event next year!”.