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Firstsource runners on the rise ahead of latest Half Marathon charity challenge

10 August 2018

Staff from Derry’s Firstsource Solutions are preparing themselves for their latest running challenge when they take part in the Waterside Half Marathon in aid of Foyle Search and Rescue next month.

The Springtown based call centre and outsourcing firm’s running group have gone from strength to strength since taking part in the event for the first time last year and have doubled their numbers for the 2018 edition which will take place on Sunday September 2nd.

Senior Human Resource Manager Emma Cooke says the running group are hopeful of raising thousands of pounds for their chosen charity.

“As a large employer in Derry we like to support local events and as we promote wellbeing within our workplace the Waterside Half Marathon was the ideal event for us to join,” she explained. “

“Firstsource like to support mental health charities as this is a big focus in our City, we always choose a charity of the year and employees selected Foyle Search and Rescue this year. 

“This charity is local and their great work relies on volunteers and fundraising therefore this is a great opportunity to give something back to our City

“In 2017 we managed to raise £1782.00 and we want to smash that target this year.”

The company’s ever expanding running group have been pounding the roads of the city together in recent months and Emma admits the group dynamic has helped motivate them to reach their goals next month.

“If you’re having a bad day and feeling unmotivated you will see someone post a picture on our Firstsource Facebook page following their run and you will remember why you are training and get back at it,” she explained.

“We have a wide range or experience and ability in our ranks, some of our runners are used to doing Iron Man competitions while others have never run at all.   

“We put together our first Half Marathon team last year and had 11 individual runners with three relay teams, this year we have entered 21 runners and six relay teams and are delighted with the response.” 

Anyone who wants to donate to the Firstsource Runners fundraising efforts can do so online at - https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/firstsourcederry.

Runners considering entering this year’s WHM are being advised to book now to avoid disappointment with registrations set to close in just over two weeks’ time.

The Waterside Half Marathon is one of the longest running athletics events in Ireland with a scenic route that takes in both sides of the River Foyle, passing many of the city’s historic landmarks including its famous walls and the Guildhall.

The 13.1 mile course has runner, wheelchair and three person relay categories and is open to athletes of all levels and abilities.

Entries to the race close at midnight on Monday 13th August 2018 and you can register online now at http://www.derrystrabane.com/whm.

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