This time last year a few of us at Dean’s were in training for our first ever competitive run – the Baxter’s 10K event which took place in Inverness in September. You might remember our exhausted but triumphant faces appearing in a blog post following our success there.
Since then, we’ve all managed to keep going with our running schedules, and between us, have now got a few more 10K’s under our belts. This coming weekend is the Glenlivet 10K – described as ‘the most beautiful run in Scotland’, and one of those taking part is our brand manager Siobhan Ingram.
Siobhan explains: “I’m looking forward to the Glenlivet run which raises funds for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. I’m told it’s quite a hilly course so I know it’ll be much more challenging then the Baxter’s run, which was relatively flat. I’m hoping the spectacular views will help to take my mind off the worst of the uphills!’’
Following the Glenlivet 10k, Run Balmoral takes place at the end of April, and our procurement manager, Richard McKay, will be running the 10K along with Laura Dean, our purchase ledger assistant and Les McArthur, our operations director.
Like Glenlivet, the Balmoral route takes in a few hills, however Richard, Laura & Les are ready for the challenge. Impressively, our warehouse and transport team leader Silas Woodward has decided to up his game at Balmoral, and will be taking part in the more strenuous 15 mile run – very best of luck Silas!
Ready to run! l to r – Laura, Jennifer, Les, Silas & Siobhan
Next on the programme for this year is the Baker Hughes 10K in May – it’s a good, flat route and takes runners along the seafront area of Aberdeen. Siobhan hopes to be recovered from Glenlivet by then, and has entered this race along with Jennifer Landale our sales coordinator.
“Although generally flat, the Baker Hughes route can still be challenging,’’ explained Jennifer. “A stiff breeze coming off the North Sea can really slow you down.’’
The ‘biggest challenge’ awards, however, must go to Laura and Silas. Laura will be putting herself through the ‘Banchory Beast’ in September, a 10K run with the added pleasure of mud and obstacles – good luck Laura! Then in October, we’ll all be very much in awe of Silas who’s running the Glencoe Marathon in support of the NSPCC – a gruelling 26.2 mile off-road run, now that’s impressive!
Commenting on the running activities of the team, operations director, Les said: “It’s fantastic that so many of us who took part in last year’s Inverness event are still running and keeping fit.
“Health benefits aside it has created an extra element of fun amongst those involved so has been great for team building. With so many events coming up, in which Dean’s has representation, it’s going to be an exciting time – who knows what challenges we will come up with next?”