On a rather sunny Sunday in May, nine members of Cobalt Telephone Technologies’ staff took time out of their weekends to lace up their trainers and face the challenge of a 10k road race in Hook, Hampshire. For many members of the team this was their first official running race. Several had never run six miles before.
Project Manager Katy Willcox managed training for the event, running weekly sessions from the office after work. In training for the London Marathon herself (in support of “Children with Cancer”), she coached the newcomers and helped them develop their stamina. Over a four month period, the newbies went from from running less than a mile to achieving the required distance.
Commercial Director, Harry Clarke, explains the ethos behind the event. “Cobalt Telephone Technologies has always encouraged staff to socialise and join in organised and ad hoc activities outside the office. It helps colleagues get to know each other and these “sportials” (sport/socials), as we call them, generate great team work and bonding.
“This is the first time we’ve had so many take part in a running event, and I am particularly proud of those who started from scratch and trained up to this not insignificant distance. There were some aching limbs the next day at work but I’m hopeful that the new runners will continue with this healthy new hobby. They have achieved a great deal and are quite rightly very proud of themselves.”
With temperatures exceeding 20 degrees, the “Cobalteers” team did well to come second of three “non-running clubs” taking part. As is only fitting, team leader Harry Clarke led the group with a chip time of 50 minutes, 36 seconds. Marketing Manager Anne Snelson came second in 52:01.