ORGANISERS of one of the UK's top road races are urging businesses and organisations from across South Yorkshire to convert their competitive corporate edge into charity cash.
Companies in the region are being challenged to sign up for the 2010 SIG Insulations Sheffield Half Marathon.
A flurry of South Yorkshire organisations have already signed up for this year's Corporate Challenge, including a team from Sheffield-based Lightwork Design Ltd – the world's leading designers and developers of 3D visualization and simulation software.
Four team members from the Broomhill companyare taking part in the event – product services director Graeme McCarthy, software engineer Gary Sheppard, managing director David Forrester and software architect Tim Hammond.
Tim said: "The company has entered a team in the Sheffield Half Marathon for the last few years and it is a great way of team building and bringing out a bit of competitive spirit in people.
"I ran last year and have since taken part in a few other races and, although it was hard work, I wanted to get fit and do my bit to raise funds for some very worthy local causes."
Companies can enter as teams in the Corporate Team Challenge with groups of four individuals from organisations that are not athletics clubs. All members of the team compete over the half marathon distance and the accumulated time of the three fastest runners comprises the team score.
Ian Thomas, entries coordinator for the Sheffield Half Marathon, said: "The Corporate Challenge is a great way for businesses and organisations to get involved in the race. Running and training with work colleagues can be a great way of team building and raising money for some fantastic local charities."
lThe SIG Insulations Sheffield Half Marathon and 3k Fun Run will take place on 25 April 2010 at Sheffield International Venues managed facility Don Valley Stadium from 9:30am.
For more information and to secure a place to run on behalf of the chosen charities, call 0114 230 8429, or visit www.sheffieldmarathon.com to enter online.