On Tuesday 11th June 2013, 19 Landmark employees (plus 4 guests) took part in the annual Michelmore’s charity race around Exeter to help raise funds for “Families for Children”. The race was back in the city centre again this year after a few years being run on The Quay. This was a double-edged sword as on the plus side there were more spectators to cheer us on, but on the downside there were a few little hills to contend with.
After a vigorous warm up by a Royal Marine PTI the competitors gathered outside the Cathedral where celebrity chef Michael Caines got things underway. The race always starts with a sprint as people jostle for position and try to avoid being boxed in on the narrow paths so it was amusing the watch spectators diving for cover as 900 runners came at them en masse.
The first mile was run on the ring-road but then the route headed into the main shopping malls in Princesshay before sending runners down the High Street and along to Northernhay Gardens. There was a bit of a climb here but once over the top it was back onto the High Street and a short, sharp climb up into Exeter’s medieval castle for the finish. There was a great atmosphere here with music by Adam Isaacs (The Voice fame) and all the runners milling around discussing hills and times with big smiles on their faces.
There were some “shouts” from the commentator and Landmark got a rousing reception when we announced we had a team of 24 out, but not quite enough to retain the biggest team prize this year. However, we went even better than that with Frank Reay winning the Veteran Over 50 age category prize with his 28th place finish in a superb time of 19 mins and 4 secs. One of our guests Emma Hitchins won the 1st lady trophy too so Landmark did well on the day.
Well done to all the Landmark runners and thank you to everyone who has sponsored the team. Our just giving page will remain open for a little while longer for any last minute contributions http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Landmark
Ian Lynch – Team Captain