Legs of Steel – Charity Event
As a runner I’ve always loved taking part in events – it’s all about the medal and the t-shirt! Events and running clubs are great way to build a sense of community and togetherness. With that in mind, one day I walked between Liberty Steel’s Stocksbridge and Rotherham sites, working out a bang-on half marathon route between them. After that, it was a no-brainer to organise a charity event!
Over 50 people took part, I think the final distance was more like 15 miles by my watch (although I running up and down the line to make sure we didn’t lose anyone!).
Did I mention I had walked the route the day before to make sure the weather hadn’t caused any problems? My feet were a little sore by the end of the event!
Together we raised over £2,000 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, the charity the business had voted for as it’s charity of the year.
Organising the event
There was quite a lot to have in place to ensure everyone was looked after. I had to make sure water stations were in place, the route was accessible for everyone, and that all relevant documents and insurances were in place. Oh, and I wanted some t-shirts!
The only problem was the budget – there wasn’t one. Luckily, the workforce was excited about the idea, and I had a great group of volunteers on the day to hand out water, food, and help guide the participants. I also had some help from local businesses who printed our t-shirts at a reduced rate.