What has six legs, buckets of determination and last weekend, took part in one of the biggest racing events of the year?
If you’re picturing some kind of weird-looking horse galloping around Aintree, then stop right there! We are, of course, talking about RDS Global’s very own Mark, Lucy, and Thomas — who, after weeks of solid training, semi-strict dieting and running up and down steps like Rocky Balboa, joined thousands of runners from across the region in the Derby 10k.
Sure, Tiger Roll bagging two Grand Nationals in a row is pretty impressive, but he practically does that for a living. And besides, we’re chuffed that our trio not only completed this outstanding achievement (they’ve never done anything like this before!) but also raised funds for a very worthy cause in the process.
It’s estimated that 1 in 4 children attend school without a proper breakfast, while over two-thirds aren’t even adequately hydrated. The Breakfast Club is a wonderful local charity that aims to change all that — providing Derby city schools with healthy breakfasts.
By making sure children are getting enough to eat and drink every morning, The Breakfast Club isn’t just helping pupils get off to the right start, they’re also helping pupils to focus better in school and improve in their learning — and this is something that RDS want to see continue.
As a Derby-based company, we’re huge believers in making a positive difference starting with our local communities and supporting The Breakfast Club at this year’s 10k very much fits the bill. For us, there are few things more important than making sure the next generation is getting the most out of their education.
So firstly, we’d like to thank everybody who sponsored Mark, Lucy, and Thomas. We were truly overwhelmed by the sheer number of family, friends, and people we know within the business community who took the time to listen to our cause and donate. The money you have all helped raise will enable The Breakfast Club to continue their fantastic work, giving schoolchildren the best possible start to their day.
Secondly, we would like to say Well Done to all the runners and race organisers. It was a touching display, and an absolute privilege to run alongside the fantastic people of Derby. With so many worthwhile causes being supported on the day, it really made us proud to be part of such a positive and inspirational city.
To give you a quick snapshot; more than 5,000 runners took part in this year’s Derby 10k; that’s approximately 50,000,000 steps altogether — averaging out at roughly 10,000 steps per-runner every 1.5 miles. The quickest participant made it across the finish line in just over 30 minutes – great time and effort – with the average runtime at a staggering 55:58! Well done all.
Finally, we’d like to give a massive shout-out to Mark, Lucy, and Thomas for their tremendous display and hard work. Everybody at RDS is immensely proud and we have all been thoroughly inspired to see you take on this exceptional challenge. It’s fair to say you’ve deserved a pint or two (and there’ll be no shortage of offers from the team!) after putting in such a valiant effort. Well Done, Guys!