10k for 10k

Izzie O'Riordan -

While some of you may have been enjoying a Sunday lie in last weekend, the ABTA LifeLine team and 9 others from across the travel industry were up bright and early in preparation for the British 10k London Run. After meeting at Charing Cross for a team photo sporting our striking green running vests, we made our way through the horde of runners to the start, grateful for once that the beating sun had stayed away.

On the way there was a chance to admire some of the fantastic and downright wacky outfits that some runners had chosen to don. Compared to the tutus and monster outfits that passed us by, Fraser Ellacott’s kilt and Jimmy hat was really quite tame!

And then they were off!

The route took the runners through central London starting at Piccadilly and finishing at Whitehall, passing some of London’s many historic landmarks.
They all powered through and did a fantastic job by coming in either under or just over an hour, albeit rather red faced, proudly displaying their finisher’s medals after they crossed the line. Andy Freeth even admitted he enjoyed the occasion!

We would like to say a massive thank you to all of our runners for taking part and to all those that sponsored them. With their generosity a whopping £10,000 was raised for ABTA LifeLine, which will go towards helping individuals and families in the travel trade community who are in desperate need.

Do you feel inspired to challenge yourself for charity?

Well luckily at ABTA LifeLine there is no rest for the wicked and we are already looking for 3 runners for our next event, The Brighton Marathon, taking place in April 2015.

If you think you have what it takes, email ioriordan@abta.co.uk to register your interest.

Runners: Andy Freeth, Mark Henderson, Pete Donnelly – Travel2, Fraser Ellacott – TUI, Rachel O’Reilly – Kuoni, Vicki Mills – Viber Software, Gail Kenny – Gail Kenny Recruitment, Jason Winter – Equator Learning, Harriet Archer – ABTA, Trudie Drake – ABTA LifeLine.

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