Photo: The AdamsonJones & Air-IT Team at the Robin Hood Race Village before the race. Pictured left to right: Sean Craven, James Healey, Anxhela Agaci, Chris MacDonald, Rachel Biggin, Alex Cook and Simon Cooper.
AdamsonJones, BioCity based Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys kicked off a year of fundraising for Nottingham Hospitals Charity in style with some impressive running in the Robin Hood Half Marathon at the weekend.
AdamsonJones joined forces with runners from managed ICT service provider Air-IT, based at Nottingham Business Park, to form one of 25 teams entered by the local business community in the Nottingham Post Corporate Challenge, part of the annual Ikano Robin Hood Half Marathon.
The team of eight runners from the two companies completed distances of either 13.1 miles or 1.5 miles, with the two quickest times for each distance added together to produce an overall time. Team AdamsonJones and Air-IT were thrilled with their collective time of 3:38:50, putting them in 3rd place and earning a much deserved spot on the podium.
A special mention goes to Sean Craven, who joined Air-IT in June as Technical Apprentice, and was the youngest member of the team at 18 years old. Sean, a self-confessed newbie to running, completed his first ever half marathon on Sunday in an outstanding time of 1 hour and 39 minutes, helping to secure the team’s 3rd place spot.
Simon Cooper, Managing Director at AdamsonJones and runner, said “The Nottingham Post Corporate Challenge is a favourite event of AdamsonJones and one that we enter every year without fail. Joining forces with Air-IT in fundraising and running has been incredibly good fun and has enabled both companies to combine their efforts towards raising as much as possible for our chosen charity.”
Indeed, the two companies have managed to raise almost £3,000 for Nottingham Hospitals Charity, which aims to make a real difference to patients through the provision of improved facilities, specialist equipment, medical research and staff development programmes.
Nick Lawford, Corporate Partnerships Development Officer at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said “This is a fantastic example of local businesses working together to have a positive impact on the local community. They’re both firms that we are proud to be working with. The money raised will make a real difference to patients being treated at Nottingham’s hospitals, and their families. Thank you.”
James Healey, team member and Technical Director at Air-IT adds “We’ve thoroughly enjoyed teaming up with AdamsonJones to support such a fantastic local charity. For us it was all about giving back to the community, so we’re extremely thankful to all our supporters who’ve helped us raise such a phenomenal amount in a short space of time. We’re very proud of our 3rd place podium finish and wish AdamsonJones all the best with their fundraising initiatives.”
Over the next twelve months the staff at AdamsonJones will be undertaking a number of fundraising events to raise money for Nottingham Hospitals Charity, with an orienteering race in the depths of Sherwood Forest and a ‘Bad Taste’ day in the office already in the planning.