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Congratulations to our Managing Director, Faye, on 30 years at Running Imp!
In the early days of Running Imp, Faye started as an Office Junior, working hard alongside our CEO Chris Illsley BEM and Josh Illsley our Operations Director to make the company what you see today!
Starting as an Office Junior in 1991, Faye progressed through the ranks, reaching Administration Manager, General Manager and Director by 2008. Following the wild success of the Diamond Jubilee in 2012, Faye was made Managing Director, the position she holds today.
She's helped pull the business through a takeover, a buyout, a global pandemic, and two (soon to be three!) Jubilees! Without a doubt, the company wouldn't be the same without you, Faye. From everyone at Running Imp, thank you for being the inspiration you are.
We're thrilled to announce we raised a total of £12,828 for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance in 2019. This incredible cause recently celebrated 25 years of saving lives, and have expanded their efforts as of 2020 to be on call 24/7. We raised this incredible sum through many activities during the year, including dress-up days, and office bake-offs!
Perhaps our proudest fundraising moment though was taking part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, which saw us raise over £2000. It's been an absolute delight working with the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance, and wish them continued success in their fundraising. Watch this space for our 2020 Charity of the Year announcement, a charity we're very excited to be working with!
Following the government announcement, we would like to assure our customers that we will remain open and operational. We are taking every precaution to keep our staff safe during this time. Please be assured that any outstanding orders will be processed as normal. For any new enquiries, please feel free to get in touch with a member of our team.
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With the latest guidance and laws surrounding COVID-19 coming into place, it's natural to be worried about your upcoming event. At Running Imp we are dedicated to helping you prepare through thick and thin, which is why we're safely remaining open and available to take and process your orders from our COVID-secure site. Our service levels will be unaffected, with both same day dispatch and next working business day delivery available. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to working with you throughout 2021. Together we will get through this!
This December Running Imp is proud to be supplying the Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity, and their 2019 Jingle Jog! The Jingle Jog takes place on December 1st and begins at 11 am. The 2019 Jingle Jog The Jingle Jog is a 5km fun run available to all ages, which means all participants should feel free walk, jog or run your way around! The event will be incredibly family-friendly, so feel free to bring the whole family, and even the dog! While the event begins at 11 am, make sure to stop by before 10 45 to take part in the Jingle Jog Warm up! Also be sure to grab your Santa Suit, with Children's Santa Suits available for £5 along with their free ticket (if they're under 14). The Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity Earlier this year, the NHS Trust brought together five hospitals, merging them to improve the care for the surrounding areas. From there, two Trust charities became the Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity, which aims to bring together the best of both. Donations to the charity go towards extras that cannot be provided by NHS funding, drastically improving the lives of patients. These extras might include patient welfare, equipment, research and staff training. Fundraising can be split into over 100 different funds. These funds make it possible to place your support in a department or ward of your choice. You can read more about the Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity through their website. Create your Charity Event At Running Imp, we work hard to make sure you're as ready for your event as you can be. This is why we provide the best in event supplies, from a simple safety pin to flags and timing clocks. We also have a vast range of engravable stock medals and trophies too, to make your prizes unique to your event. If you'd like to go above and beyond, our Bespoke Medals service is here to help. Bespoke Medals produces the best in custom medals. These medals can be colourful, hinged, glow-in-the-dark and more.
Running Imp is thrilled to have supplied Bespoke Medals and Selfie Frames for the 2019 Gosport Half-Marathon! The half-marathon will take place on Sunday the 17th of November, and starts at 10 am. While this race is now full, there's plenty of room to come down and support the participants and volunteers. Of course, you can also join the Gosport Road Runners and form another piece to their wonderful community. The 2019 Gosport Half-Marathon Created and operated by the Gosport Road Runners, the 2019 Gosport Half Marathon is more than just an event; it's also a thank you. This thank you goes out to all the other clubs which host events that the Gosport Road Runners partake in. The Road Runners would also like to thank for their support: Alexandra Sports, Solent Sports Injury Clinic, The Running Community Awards 2020, Huhtamaki, Haslar Radio, Bayside Cafe, St Vincent College and the Mayor of Gosport, Kathy Jones. The Half-marathon itself consists of two laps starting at Browndown Road. From there, runners will follow around to Portsmouth Road, and by mile 2 will be running with a great view of the Solent and the Isle of Wight. Rounding the bend at the end of Salterns Road, participants will follow the promenade back to the far end of Portsmouth Road. Once there, they'll spin round and complete another loop of course, before hitting mile 13 back at Browndown Road. Runners will be adequately hydrated, with four eco-friendly water stations throughout the course. They'll also be able to enjoy the musical delights of the 'Big Noise Samba Band', which is situated by the promenade water station. Fun Run and Fun Rewards If you've come along as a supporter of the race, you'll also be able to enjoy the non-competitive Children's Fun Run. The Fun Run will take place while the half-marathon is underway, and covers approximately 1.2K. Spaces are limited to 100, so make sure you register your child early! There are prizes aplenty to be awarded at the event. First and second place runners across a range of ages will receive individual accolades. All participants, though, will receive the incredible two-sided medal designed by Running Imp and the Gosport Road Runners. The medal is intended to honour the proud military heritage of Gosport. It will also pay homage to the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Say thank you with your event If you'd like to say a big thank you with your event, reach out to us at Running Imp. We specialise in providing the best quality supplies at the most competitive prices. These can range from backpack flags for pacers, to the smallest safest pin. Whatever you need, we can provide. Of course, you can also create a beautiful medal like this one too, with our Bespoke Medals service. With Bespoke Medals, you're able to push the boundaries on what a medal can be, with some truly unique results.
Running Imp is excited to be working alongside La Transtica to provide our unique medals for their Costa Rica Ultra Trail. The event begins on the 20th of November and will finish on the 30th of November. What is the Costa Rica Ultra Trail? The Costa Rico Ultra Trail is a free pace Trail race which leads participants from coast to coast. Two tracks are available to run. The first, the Adventure Race, spans a vast 117KM and requires runners to hit a pace of approximately 20-30KM per day. The second race is the Extreme. The Extreme takes runners a whopping 200KM, hitting an average of 38-48KM a day, this means if they were to run 42KM a day, they'd be running the equivalent of a marathon a day! Beginning from the beach of Manuel Antonio, runners will make their way into the very depths of Costa Rico. Terrain will vary hugely throughout the race, with runners winding through mountains and jungles en route to their destination.
On top of this, the rising ground will pose a considerable challenge, pushing Adventure race runners up 5300 metres of positive incline. Five thousand three hundred metres is almost five times the height of Snowdon in Wales, so as you can imagine, it's quite the challenge. Of course, Extreme racers will face tougher challenges, hitting highs of 9300m across the trail. Once across these challenging elements, participants will finish on the idyllic Caribbean Coast. Along the route, runners will hit several points where they can resupply, request assistance and stay in a bivouac. Big distance, beautiful prize Participants are awarded one of our stunning Bespoke Medals once hitting the Puerto Viejo de Limon. These medals were carefully sculpted through the partnership of our Free Professional Design Service and La Transtica purely for this event. Of course, the true prize is Costa Rica itself. From participant accounts, winding through the areas less trodden by tourists is pure bliss. The camaraderie built along the trip is also well worth the journey alone. While there are no more entries available for this year's event, be sure to keep an eye out for the 2020 event. It's sure to be the adventure of a lifetime! We'd like to wish everyone taking part in the Costa Rica Ultra Trail the best of luck, and we can't wait to see some incredible photos! Be Ultra If you'd like to create your own Ultra Trail Run, we can provide you with everything you need. Our Bespoke Medals service delivers the ultimate in Bespoke Memorabilia for your race. So whether you'd like a medal, pin badge, or a fridge magnet-medal-bottle opener, we can provide. Running Imp itself is also available for your broader event needs. These can range from starting lines and barrier tape to race numbers and safety pins. Whatever you need, Running Imp provides the best quality for the most competitive prices.
Running Imp and Bespoke Medals are thrilled to be working alongside the Billericay Striders for the Billericay Striders 10K Road Run! Entries for the race sold out, but there's plenty of space for supporters come along and cheer on the runners. The event will take place on Sunday the 3rd of November. The start time will be 9:45 am. Information on the Billericay Striders 10K Road Run The Billericay Striders 10K Road Run starting point is at the Hannakins Farm Community Centre, with the easiest ways to get there being car or train from outside Billericay. Drivers should consider car-sharing if possible to both help ease congestion and to reduce pollution. Drivers may also struggle with the limited parking at the Community Centre. In this instance, it's recommended to make your to the additional parking at the Lake Meadows Business Park. From there, marshals will guide you to the start point. It's also possible to park in the adjacent side-roads. Facilities are fully available for both participants and spectators, and there's a drop-off point for bags also. Refreshments are also available in the main hall at the Community Centre. Participants and spectators are advised to bring change along for this purpose. The race will be chip timed, so be sure to cheer on your friends and family, and help them reach that Personal Best! 10K Road Race Prizes Some incredible awards are available for participants so that support is more important than ever! The first Male and Female runners to pass the line will receive a £100 each. Male and Female runners who surpass the course records will also receive £100. There are other cash prizes to be handed out too, and every participant will receive one of our incredible Bespoke Medals. Charitable Causes at the Billericay Striders 10K Road Run The Billericay Striders have chosen the Forget Me Not Memory Cafe as their charity of the year. They will look to raise as much for them as possible. The Forget Me Not Memory Cafe is a cafe run by trained volunteers. Here you can sit and discuss any concerns you have about your memory or the memory of friends or family. If participating or spectating, please take a moment to donate to the cafe and help keep this cause alive. Best of luck to the Forget Me Not Cafe in raising funds, and of course to the participants of the 10K Road Race. Build your event The Billericay Striders 10K Road Run is an endeavour bought together by the determination of those organising it. If their actions inspire you, Running Imp and Bespoke Medals can help supply you with everything you need to create your unique event. At Running Imp, we aim to offer the best prices and the best event supplies. We'll also be happy to provide advice on what you might need. Our sister company, Bespoke Medals, produces the highest quality custom medals you can imagine. Your designs combined with our Free Design Service will and have created some of the most beloved medals worldwide.
Bespoke Medals is thrilled to be producing these unique spooky medals for the Ashford & District Run 2019. The run features two events, the 10 and the 5-mile run, which take place on the 27th of October! The Ashford & District Run 2019 The Ashford and District Run first made an appearance in 2018, where it rapidly became a sell-out event. Following this, organisers Sporting Events UK soon began working on the Ashford and District Run 2019 event, which promises to be even bigger and better.
The event starts at the Towers School in Ashford and, depending on the chosen run, leads participants down one of two routes. 5 Mile participants will enjoy the winding roads of Lenacre Street and Tumbledown Hill, before reaching the Wheel Inn. From there the path swings around Mill Pond, before rejoining the route back towards Tumbledown Hill, and finally the school. 10 Mile participants follow the same direction initially, but upon hitting the Wheel Inn are lead down towards the Westwell Wine Estates. From there, country roads lead them round to the lovely woodland trail of the Westwell Downs. They will then move past the Dunn Street Farm Campsite and rejoin the previous route at Mill Pond, before finishing back at the school. Facilities at around the start/finish point are ideal for participants and onlookers both.
Music and live commentary will be available to entertain and inform, and catered food will be available for all to enjoy. Bathrooms are available, with toilet, changing and shower facilities. There's also a baggage drop available for participants. If there are places available, Advanced Entries are open until the 26th of October. Subject to space, entries are also available on the day between 9-10 am. Entries and Prizes Entries are still available to buy for both the 10 and 5 Mile events. There may even be spaces on the day for those last-minute entries! Upon completing the race, participants will all receive one of the fantastic Bespoke Medals seen above.
On top of that, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and females will also win prizes. It's also the case for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the various VET categories, and there are even team prizes to be handed out as well. Create your unique event Do the spooky happenings of the Ashford and District Run inspire you? You can create your own incredible and unique event through Running Imp and Bespoke Medals. Running Imp is the market leader in Event Supplies across the UK, providing anything from safety pins to timing clocks. Bespoke Medals is an invaluable service provided by Running Imp, which aims to unleash your imaginative side. At Bespoke Medals we can design and create everything from traditional medals to glow-in-the-dark hinged segment medals. There are no limits! Running Imp and Bespoke Medals are proud to be working alongside Sporting Events UK. Sporting Events UK is one of the leading Event Organisers in the South-East, with over 30 events in 2019.
Bespoke Medals is pleased to announce that we're supplying fantastic custom medals to the ASDA Foundation Yorkshire Marathon. This tremendous event is taking place on the 20th of October. The Yorkshire Marathon Course The Yorkshire Marathon prides itself on being one of the UK's most popular marathons and sells out every year. The course will see participants make their way across beautiful York and the countryside surrounding it. Iconic sights to be found include the York Minster, the lovely village of Stockton, Buttercrambe Moor Wood and the University of York. The course will see a small amount of elevation in parts, but no more than 20 metres on any one incline. This slight elevation makes it perfect for trying for that new Personal best. The Marathon will also see a few regular sponsors return, including the ASDA Foundation, Arla Protein and Aftershoks. A selection of other Sponsors will also have a presence too, though.
These include the University of York, City of York Council, Radio York and Erdinger. Further Info The race begins at 9:25 with the wheelchair participants moving first, followed by all other participants at 9:30. For those looking to leave bags in a secure place, storage is available from 7 am onwards. A mass warm-up will then precede the race, in which all participants are invited to partake. Upon completion, participants will receive their chip timing, finisher's goody bag, tech t-shirt, and one of our special-made Bespoke Medals. Crowds will also be able to watch the Yorkshire 10 Mile take place. Starting at 10 15 am, the route leads runners around York and the local villages, before ending at the University of Yorkshire. Participants in the Yorkshire 10 Mile will also receive chip timing, a finisher's goody bag, tech t-shirt and a Bespoke Medal. Best of luck to everyone who takes part in both the Marathon and 10 Mile, and we hope you enjoy your medals! Create Your Unique Marathon At Running Imp and Bespoke Medals, we are proud to supply for Run For All and other Sports Events Organisers. The products we specialise in are of the highest quality, and we offer advice when and where you need. We can also provide a host of unique effects to your medals, making it genuinely suited to your event.
We're thrilled to announce we have two winners of the August 2019 Employee Appreciation Award! The first winner is Warehouse Operative, Sam Musson. Sam consistently takes on some of the bigger or more difficult orders without complaint. He works efficiently and is always a reliable figure to work alongside. Our second winner is Graphic Designer, Josh Leek. Josh happily works tirelessly with some of our biggest customers and always produces bespoke goods to be proud of. He's also an integral part of the design team, putting forward strong ideas and always willing to lend a hand. Congratulations to both our August Appreciation Award Winners. Incredibly well deserved, and thank you! If you'd like to catch up on more news, you can do so easily! Simply head to Running Imp or Bespoke Medals and get all caught up!
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September Employee Appreciation Award We're pleased to announce that our Assistant Purchasing Manager, Dan Farmer, is the winner of our September Employee Appreciation Award! Dan has always been reliable and steadfast, and never more than now has that been apparent. Throughout September, he has worked tirelessly to cover work for his teammates while doing as much as he can to help out other teams and answer questions where needed.
All this while maintaining a cool and calm manner! We want to say a huge thank you to Dan for all his efforts, and a well deserved congratulations on winning the Employee Appreciation Award! There's plenty more to be seen regarding our Staff and General News. For more information, you can find everything you need either on Bespoke Medals or Running Imp.
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Bespoke Medals is thrilled to be once again working with our friends over at Hare and Tortoise Running. This time we'll be producing the beautiful medals for their Roman River Trails events, which takes place on the 13th October 2019. 'Roman' the Rivers The Roman River Trails event allows the participant to take part in one of three stunning runs, a 10K, a half-marathon or a marathon. These runs all start at the lovely Layer Marney Tower and lead participants through many a picturesque village. Eventually, runners come to the Roman River valley close to Colchester, before swinging back round to the Layer Marney Tower to finish. Marathon runners will find themselves crossing the river several times throughout the race, and will face some hills before returning to Layer Marney. The half marathon loop will mainly stay around the villages nearby Colchester.
All runners should prepare for a mixture of hard-packed trail, tarmac and grass along their routes. Roman River Trails Info Participants in the event will earn a beautiful Bespoke Medal, which they'll be proud to bring home and show off. They'll also receive an event t-shirt and a goodie bag full of treats as a reward for a job well done. Participants should also be aware of Hare and Tortoise Running's policies towards being eco-friendly and keeping the course clear: Water and aid stations will be at regular intervals, especially along the marathon and half marathon routes. Water, though, will only be available to participants who have a receptacle to put it in. This rule is to help prevent waste along the course, which can be both a damage to local wildlife and can ruin the picturesque surroundings. Plastic waste is also becoming more prevalent across events, so finding ways to reduce that is a must. Runners should also hold onto their waste as they run, and dispose of it at the water stations en route. Runners will face immediate disqualification if they do not follow this rule. Good luck! Finally, we'd like to wish everyone at the event the best of luck and hope you have a fantastic time admiring the stunning views around Colchester.
Registration for this event has now closed, but be sure to go along and support all those incredible athletes! There are also some marathon places still available on the day if you'd like to join at the last minute. Do Hare and Tortoise Running inspire you? Contact Running Imp for the highest quality supplies and advice, and create your ultimate sports event.
Running Imp and Bespoke Medals are proud to be producing snoods and our new wooden bespoke medals for this year's Boobs and Balls 10K Fun Run. The run will take place this weekend, on the 24th of November at the Strathclyde National Park in Motherwell, Lanarkshire. The Fun Run aims to raise money for Breast Cancer Now and Cahonas Scotland. Charities of choice Breast Cancer Now is a research and care charity who work with people living with breast cancer and actively fund research into curing breast cancer.
To date, they've invested £230 million into breast cancer research, and are currently supporting 80 projects across the UK. Dedicated to raising awareness of testicular cancer, Cahonas Scotland aims to educate everyone on the benefits of self-checking. They actively travel to schools, colleges, events and other community hubs to pass along their message. They also have a host of information on their website, which is accessible to all. Boobs and Balls The Boobs and Balls Fun Run is available as both an event and as a virtual run. It costs £13 to sign up at the event and £17 for the virtual race. Participants can also take part in the raffle, where unique prizes are ready to be snatched up. Of course, all money for the raffle is donated directly to the two charities. The event starts at 10 am and is untimed.
If you'd like to join in the fun, make sure to sign up through the Boobs and Balls website here: https://www.entrycentral.com/booballs. Best of luck to everyone participating! Create your charity race event with help from our team at Running Imp. At Running Imp, we specialise in supplying for your ultimate sports events. These can range from fun runs to marathons to swim meets and martial arts competitions. Aside from providing the highest quality goods, we also offer the best advice on what you may need for your event. Be sure to take a look at our sister site, Bespoke Medals, too. At Bespoke Medals the aim is to provide the best in memorabilia for your events. This memorabilia could be anything from a glittery glow-in-the-dark medal to a belt buckle that also works as a bottle opener!
Running Imp is preparing to embark on a new and exciting chapter in its history, following the retirement of joint CEO Caroline Birkin with the appointment of Jane and Josh Illsley onto the Board of Directors. From its humble beginnings in 1988, CEO dynamic duo Chris Illsley BEM and Caroline Birkin have been at the helm of Running Imp.
They have seen in some significant milestones for the company. These include Running Imp providing memorabilia for two Jubilees, taking on the role of Official Medal Supplier to the London Marathon, and of course, supplying events worldwide. Now, after over 31 successful years in the business, Caroline has stepped down. This move, recently finalised, comes as Caroline prepares to enjoy retired life. Running Imp would like to wish Caroline all the best for a happy and healthy retirement and thank her for her commitment and hard work over the years. How Will This Affect The Company? Chris and Jane Illsley now own the company. Alongside this shift in ownership, further changes will take place slowly over the coming months.
The first and most significant change has seen Josh Illsley join the Board of Directors as Operations Director. In regards to Josh's appointment, Chris stated: "I am delighted to welcome Josh on to the board of directors. He has shown a tenacity like no other and also shows great passion and ambition for the future of the company". This position will see Josh take on more responsibility within the company, using his experience and knowledge to help direct the company towards greater heights. We want to say congratulations to Josh and Jane on this new appointment and look forward to what they will bring the company. If you'd like to find out more about the history of Running Imp and Bespoke Medals, you can do so here.
Running Imp is proud to be sponsoring the Lincoln Three Hills Challenge, taking place on the 15th of September. What is the Three Hills Challenge? This unique event was created by two Lincoln City Football Club fan supporters groups, the Lady Imps Supporters Association, and The Fans Players Scheme. It covers 5K across the city of Lincoln, winding up and down its hills, naturally including its infamous ‘Steep Hill’. It will also see its participants lead through the Lincoln Cathedral Quarter, which boasts both Lincoln Castle and Cathedral.
All in all the event will see participants walking over 1,000 vertical feet, an impressive amount by a lot of standards! All entry fees for the event go towards fundraising. Half of the funds raised will go to the Lincoln City Women’s Football Club, which up until recently was known as Nettleham Ladies FC. The second half of the funds will make its way towards the Lincoln City Foundation Charity, which aims to ‘inspire and empower individuals and communities to develop and improve their physical, social or mental well-being’.
Through our work with The Fans Players Scheme, we’re proud to have been able to lend the event one of our gantries. On top of this, we have also provided medals, which the participants will receive upon completion of the Three Hills. The event takes place on Sunday the 15th of September, with registration taking place between 9:30 am and 1 pm. The event concludes at 3 pm. To participate, all entries must make a minimum donation on the Lady Imps website. Create your fantastic event If you’d like to create your unique event, you can find everything you need over at Running Imp and Bespoke Medals. We aim to provide the best available in Sporting Events equipment and memorabilia and can provide advice as you need it. For more info on us, head to www.runningimp.co.uk, or head straight to our latest monthly offer here.
September 15th saw the return of the ASDA Foundation's Bury 10K, which we're proud to say we supplied for. What happened at the Bury 10K? The race began at The Rock shopping centre, and lead participants on an incredible journey through Bury town, passing by the Town Hall, Parish Church, Fusilier Museum and the Art Museum. At the finish line, participants were handed one of our Bespoke Medals, specially designed for the Bury 10K.
The repeat event is part of Jane Tomlinson's Run For All, one of the UK's biggest not-for-profit event companies, which provides a platform for a host of charities across the UK. Run For All is a piece of the legacy left behind by the late Jane Tomlinson CBE, who defied her cancer diagnosis and went on to participate in numerous endurance events. This included a 4,200-mile bike ride across the US, which ultimately helped her to raise the money needed to get Run For All off the ground. As well as acting as a platform for fundraising for many charities, Run For All actively supports the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. The Jane Tomlinson Appeal focuses strongly on supporting children's health and wellbeing and aims to improve the lives of those with cancer.
Most recently the charity has offered OWLS support to children, helping them overcome the grief of losing a significant loved one in their lives. The Bury 10K played host to a vast number of participants and proved to be another very successful event for Run For All and the ASDA Foundation. We'd like to offer our congratulations to everyone who took part in the 10K and the Family Fun Run, which started a few hours later. There are more Run For All events to come, with the Sheffield 10K taking place on the 22nd of September, and the Yorkshire Marathon on the 20th October. Keep your eyes peeled for both. Race Inspiration If you're inspired by the works of Run For All, Running Imp and Bespoke Medals can help you create your fantastic fundraising event. We focus on supplying the best in sporting events equipment, essentials and mementoes. This can (and has) ranged from the humble safety pin to the world's largest medal. Whatever it is you need for your event, we can provide.
We're pleased to announce our February Employee of the Month 2019 is our Business Development Executive Leigh! Leigh has worked incredibly hard throughout February, going above and beyond to help push Running Imp to newer and greater heights, and we're all better off for her efforts.
Well done Leigh, and thanks again for all your hard work!
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We're thrilled to announce that our London Landmarks Half Marathon Medal has won Medal of the Year over at The Running Bible. This is a huge honour for us, and we look forward to continuing to create unique Bespoke Medals. A big thank you to Robyn and Kim for their hard work in designing and working alongside the team behind the event!
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH | January 2019 A massive congratulations to our Senior Stock Controller Steve Smith on becoming the first Employee of the Month for 2019.
He goes above and beyond to help his colleagues and has been a great help in organising new stock for the website. Very well done Steve, and thanks for all your hard work!
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Triathlon North Africa - The Sahara Triathlon Running Imp are thrilled to announce that we are the Official Medal Supplier for the first triathlon race in the desert in the history of triathlons! Triathlon North Africa have created one of the most unique triathlons on the planet and we are proud to have been working on this event, helping them to create one for the bucket list. All triathletes that finish receive a beautiful finishers medal that is a memento of a fantastic experience you will always treasure!
This is a triathlon where you will find yourself swimming in a sparkling oasis lying between sand dunes and high desert plateaus, and be all alone on your bike under the highest sand dunes in the world. Athletes will be fascinated by a vast landscape only inhabited by a small group of people, and camels.
There’s likely to be no one to see you, hear you, or cheer you on in this remote landscape. It’ll be just you and mother nature, your bike and your will to make it to the finish line. It can be easily the most extreme triathlon race in the world in the morning the temperatures were between 0-2°C the water temperature was 8°C during the cycling part the temperature was 15 °C and during the running part temperatures hit nearly 30°C on third of the running course led through sand dunes and after the sunset the temperatures dramatically fall to 5°C. So it is an exceptional triathlon! Congratulations to all the participants that will be able to say they are one of the world's only triathletes to race in the Sahara Desert! YOU DID IT!
Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All are pleased to announce Running Imp as the sole t-shirt and medal suppliers of the not-for-profit 2019 Asda Foundation Series. The Lincoln-based event supplier will provide t-shirts and medals for Run For All’s Fun Runs, 10Ks, Half Marathons and the flagship Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon this year. “It’s great to support Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All who, through their popular charity runs, help raise money for some very deserving causes”, said Kieron Salmons, Sales Executive of Running Imp. “We aim to bring a fresh look to each and every event of the Asda Foundation Series and are excited by the challenge.” Leanne Seward, Relationships & Marketing Executive at Run For All, added: “The medals and t-shirts have already been designed and I think that our runners will be really excited about this year being a little bit different. “Each t-shirt, and especially medal, has been modelled to exemplify each city and town’s identity through iconic, much-loved landmarks.” Runners will be able to get their hands on these new-look goodies at events across the UK starting at the City of Lincoln 10K on 7th April and finishing in Yorkshire for the Marathon on 20th October. Find out more about the 2019 Asda Foundation Series - https://www.runforall.com/events/overview/calendar-of-events/
Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance | Charity of the Year 2019 Running Imp have pledged to raise valuable funds in celebration of The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance 25th Anniversary providing a lifesaving service every day to the people of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance is a dedicated Helicopter Emergency Medical Service and responds to approximately 1000 emergency call-outs every year.
As a Charity, they receive no direct Government funding and are totally reliant on members of the communities they serve to raise the funds needed to keep their helicopter flying. The charity have been in the air since 1994, and the iconic yellow helicopter can fly of speeds over 200mph, enabling them to deliver critical care as quickly as possible, which can often make the difference between life and death. The crew provides the most advanced clinical skills to people in what is often their greatest hour of need. The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance have committed to extending their hours of operation to become a 24-hour Helicopter Emergency Medical Service.
Flying additional hours means they have the potential to reach and help over 400 additional patients every year. Emergencies can happen at any time; this is why they have taken the bold decision to increase their flying hours and expand their Helicopter Emergency Medical Service operation from 12-hours (7am to 7pm) to 24-hours, 7 days a week. This means huge peace of mind to members of the public, as the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance is the only air ambulance in the East Midlands to provide this lifesaving service. Every penny raised really does help the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance to continue saving lives 365 days of the year.
Gemma Shaw, Fundraising Manager for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, said: “We are hugely excited that Running Imp have chosen us as their charity of the year. When the very worst of accidents and emergencies happen, the helicopter is there for anyone who needs it. Seeing the helicopter flying overhead, knowing its helping a family stay together, means the world to us and we are so very grateful to Running Imp for helping us to raise the vital funds needed to make this happen.” For further information please visit their website www.ambucopter.org.uk