Mark Gibson, IT Systems Technician based at our Head Office in Stockton-On-Tees has raised money for the British Red Cross by organising a bake sale and running half a marathon. He smashed his target by raising nearly £900.
Mark impressed his colleagues with his home baking skills at the start of September as he held a cake sale at work. Mark made home-made scones and roped in family members to help him. Staff could also enter a tea-themed quiz for £1 entry, with prizes including a £20 restaurant voucher and bottle of wine.
But he didn’t stop there for a breather!
On Sunday 10th September 2017, Mark put on his running shoes and successfully completed the Great North Run.
Mark’s Great North Run journey started last year when his girlfriend Nicola decided to sign up as part of her “turning 30 mini crisis”. As a supportive boyfriend Mark was there on the day, cheering Nicola on at the finishing line but Mark ended up having such a good time watching everyone else that he decided to run for the first time this year.
Mark signed up in February 2017 and began his training which he admitted “was really tough at first.”
Mark completed the half marathon in an amazing time of 2 hrs 10 mins 16 seconds, coming in just under his original goal which was to run the whole 13.1 miles in a time of around 2 hr 15 mins.
Mark said, “I’m really happy with my run time and I’m pleased all the training paid off.
I really couldn’t have raised all the money without the generosity of everyone here at Pickerings Lifts, so a huge thank you to everyone that sponsored me.
The day itself was brilliant, the atmosphere was amazing and despite the overcast conditions the amount of people that came out to show their support for the runners was astonishing.
If there is anybody that is considering running but hasn’t yet made the leap I would say to just go for it, it’s hard work but the achievement really makes it all worthwhile.”
Well done Mark for your sheer determination and fantastic fundraising!
To find out more about the work British Red Cross do visit their website: http://www.redcross.org.uk/
Find out more about the charity work Pickerings Lifts staff do