Get your business on the fast track

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Don’t miss the chance to be crowned the fastest business in Milton Keynes. Get set to join teams from businesses all over the UK who are putting on their trainers and limbering up for the Geoffrey Leaver Corporate Challenge.

The event has formed part of the Milton Keynes Marathon since the inaugural event in 2012.

Race director, Andy Hully, said: “The Geoffrey Leaver Corporate Challenge gives organisations a chance to get together, get fit, have fun and raise money for charities that are important to them.

“An event like this creates a sense of team spirit and achievement. It’s a great opportunity for colleagues to get together and raise money for good causes. Plus, with the corporate relay event you get to run in one of the UK’s top 10 marathons without having to train for the full marathon distance.”

Richard Millard, partner at Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors, said: “The great thing about this event is that people of all abilities can participate, not just the regular runners. We have had people run who do not exercise regularly but started to train in January and felt really good about taking part.”

Entries are being taken now for the Geoffrey Leaver Corporate Challenge which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 5.

Teams of four compete over the 26.2 mile distance with each member running approximately 6.5 miles of the marathon course.

Alistair Henderson, Greg Cooper, James Coward and James Slootweg of Jemmac Software Ltd, based in Cranfield, are one of the teams who have already signed up for the challenge.

James Slootweg, Jemmac Software’s team captain, said: “A few of us in the office are fairly keen runners and thought the corporate relay event would be a great opportunity for some team building.

“Some runners in the team had never ran before, so it’s a great event to promote running as a hobby to these members. I think we will all have good fun and it will be good knowing we will have raised some money for charity at the same time.”

Other companies entered include The Parks Trust, Cognita Schools, ASK Europe, EIC Insurance Services, Aztec Cleaning Co, EIC Wealth Management and the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (2012 winners).

Entry costs £150 plus vat for a team of four, and all corporate relay teams are asked to pledge to raise at least £500 for charity of which 50 per cent goes to MK Dons SET and 50 per cent to a charity of the relay team’s choice.

This year corporate relay teams will also benefit from their own hospitality area overlooking the finish at stadiummk and the winning team will receive a MK Dons match day VIP experience plus trophies for each team runner and a company trophy.

“It’s a great opportunity for businesses to get involved in what will be one of the major days in Milton Keynes’ 2014 sporting event calendar,” said Mr Hully.

In 2013 Network Rail’s team ‘A Couple of Peanuts’ won with a time of 02:58:08. If your organisation or business wants to follow in the footsteps of the previous winning teams then go to