Eight employees from Eclipse Magnetics and S&J UK took to the hills on Sunday 10th April, running the Yorkshire Half Marathon for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, as TEAM S&J.
For those of you who know Sheffield, it’s a city of hills! And when it comes to the Yorkshire Half Marathon, it really is all about hills! This was without doubt a considerable challenge to take on by Team S&J. For some of the team this was their first ever half marathon, for others who were more seasoned runners, they knew the challenge of the Yorkshire Half was not to be taken lightly!
But what a day! A beautiful spring morning, blue skies & sun shining, the weather conditions really were kind! Congregating in the city centre, there was a great atmosphere, sense of occasion and intrepidation with an underlying strong fragrance of deep heat!
As 09:30 approached, good luck wishes were said, warm-up exercises completed and 7,000 runners took to their starting places along Arundel Gate, with announcements made and encouragement offered the gun sounded and runners were off! With a city-centre start and finish, the event boasts a super scenic challenging route with stunning views of the Peak District for those who conquer the climb to Ringinglow – that’s a 5-mile uphill climb!
Amazing crowds, well-wishes, water givers, live bands and jelly babies, they all helped get the runners around, so too did the other competitors, Group HR Manager, Katie Weller said “at one point I was running with the Honey Monster – in jeans and full furry head, I set myself a personal challenge not to be beaten by the honey monster (not sure whether I did or didn’t as it all became a bit of a blur)”! Above all however was the knowledge that Team S&J were making a difference, so no matter how hard the hills were or the mental struggle each one of the runners faced, fundamental to Team S&J runners was the knowledge that in running the Yorkshire Half they were raising critical funds for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
As Divisional MD Steve White said: “Weston Park Hospital is an exceptional landmark in our beloved steel city, and it is crucial to the community and the surrounding area. Our team will be fundraising for those that we have lost, for those that continue to fight, and for those who care for and support people whose lives have been affected by cancer.” As one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in England, Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity supports the hospital by funding pioneering cancer research and helping to improve cancer treatments and care for patients from Sheffield, all of South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire and beyond.
All 8 runners of Team S&J conquered the Yorkshire Half and what a fantastic effort, not only a personal achievement for all but over £1500 raised for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity! AWESOME!