Abacus running team defy British 10k heat to help raise over £6,500 for Young Epilepsy
Andrew Williams, Bob Gibbs and Jon Nock representing Abacus Specialist Bathroom Solutions have successfully completed the British 10k in London, with nine other charity runners to raise over £6,500 for Young Epilepsy.
Starting at Wellington Arch, the team ran in sweltering conditions past several famous landmarks including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and finishing next to Trafalgar Square.
They ran to raise donations for the Young Epilepsy charity which tackles epilepsy with children and young people across the UK. It delivers world-class diagnosis, assessment and rehabilitation as well as pioneering research, specialist education, a helpline and national outreach services. Abacus supplies and a supports a power-assisted Gemini height adjustable platform bath at its specialist educational campus in Lingfield, Surrey.
Out of 15,000 entrants, official results show Jon finished in 1,743th place with a time of 00:50:38, Andy crossed the line in 3,214th place on 00:55:50 and Bob finished at 00:55:51 and in 3,220th place.
Andrew Williams, Abacus Marketing Manager commented: “I have run a half marathon previously and play competitive cricket. However, I have never run a 10k race before, especially in that heat. It was tough as I was carrying a back injury but running with Bob and Jon, plus the support from the charity pushed me on. It was a really memorable experience and would like to thank everyone who has donated to the final total – now in excess of £6,500! These funds will make a significant difference to lots of young people living with Young Epilepsy.”
Martha Knight, Fundraising Co-ordinator for Young Epilepsy, joined several supporters from the charity on Embankment at the eight-kilometre mark near Westminster Bridge. She cheered on all the Young Epilepsy runners and concluded: “Thank you so much Abacus for representing us; you continue to be incredible Ambassadors for our charity.”