Posted by: Lucy Jackson. Events Manager at Street Child World Cup.
As our global sponsor, view the iExplore employees often invent weird and wonderful ways to raise money for Street Child World Cup. Their efforts and commitment never cease to amaze us here at SCWC HQ! November 23rd was no different as iExplore employees graced the Crawley K2 Leisure centre and confidently took up the challenge to run 5k in 20 minutes (23 minutes for the ladies) – the equivalent of 4 minutes per 1000 metres. The alternative was the walking challenge: 5k in 40 minutes.
The iExplore challengers were: Darren Mee, nurse Sport MD, Nathan Wilson, TUI Sport, Christine Franks, Business Development Director SAS, Stephen Brann, SAS Financial Controller, Janet Northey, Sector Legal Counsel, Steve Openshaw, SAS Business Development Manager.
Some of the male challengers decided that to run 5k in 20 minutes was a little unrealistic, and so embraced their feminine sides to wear pink dresses and tutus whilst shaking sparkly pom-poms – it was certainly a sight to behold!
Joining the iExplore employees in the challenge were Ben Short– the K2 resident athlete, Simon Smith – SCWCs very own marathon runner, and Rod Whitehead and myself from the SCWC office. Regrettably Ben, Simon and Rod didn’t get the memo about pink tutus!
And so the eclectic bunch of runners lined up at the starting line ready to take on the challenge! BANG! Off they went, beginning the twelve and a half laps around the track. The pace was fast, but the field was quickly split, with Ben very much leading from the front. Despite our relatively small number there was a team atmosphere, and everyone was extremely encouraging as they lapped me (most more than once!). Our cheerleaders on the sideline shouted encouragement and shook the colourful pom-poms in an attempt to spur us on.
Ben convincingly took first place with an impressive time of 18 minutes 34 seconds, with Simon coming in a respectable second place. Everyone who ran managed to cross the line before 30 minutes, with the walkers coming in well before their 40-minute limit.
Overall the team did a wonderful job raising over £150 for Street Child World Cup! What will their next challenge be?
“No child should have to live on the streets and I fully endorse this campaign giving street children a voice to claim their rights”
“No child should have to live on the streets. I commend the Street Child World Cup for providing a platform for the rights of street children to be heard.”
“I experienced hardcore street life in my youth. I know what it’s like. I congratulate the Street Child World Cup project in it’s commitment to bring attention to the plight of Street Children through the power of football.”