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Following on from our running exploits in 2009, a team of 8 Xoomworks employees (Xoomies) entered the 2010 ‘Corporate Team Challenge’ as part of the Royal Parks Half Marathon, the most stunning central London half marathon.
For four of our Xoomies, this meant starting their running career from scratch. With full support from some of the senior members of Xoomworks (all seasoned runners), a training plan was devised to get our novices into shape. Training started as early as April and the guys could regularly be seen running up and down the Thames paths in all weather and in Hyde Park on very early Sunday mornings.
After some unusual training techniques in New Zealand and summer ‘bugs’, the team assembled on October 10th for the Royal Parks Half Marathon.
Once again Hyde Park was bathed in glorious sunshine and the runners – David Bone, Jamie Holmes, Nic Hutchins, Darren Strachan, Jaume Molet, Beatriz MacIas-Rey, Ben Spicer and Anaelle Prodhomme – took their places in the 15,000 strong crowd.
Overall Xoomworks Technology finished an impressive 10th (up from 44th last year) in the Corporate Challenge ahead of illustrious competitors such as ‘Red Bull’ and ‘Efficio’.
The team chose the Teenage Cancer Trust as its Royal Parks Half Marathon worthwhile charity, the only UK charity providing young people with cancer specialised nursing care and support. We wanted to help make sure, from diagnosis and beyond, every young person with cancer gets the care they deserve. We were definitely inspired by their astonishing supporters participate in a number of events, from marathons, jungle trekking and zip wiring to rocking their way through benefit gigs.
With great support from our colleagues and families, we succeeded in raising over £1000 for charity.