On the Run - Colleagues Take on the London Marathon

Welcome to the second of our Team Co-op London Marathon blogs. As part of our National Charity Partnership with the British Red Cross we have a team of enthusiastic colleagues gearing up to run the 2016 Virgin London Marathon in support of our joint campaign to tackle loneliness in the UK. In the run up to race day (24th April) we will introduce the team through a series of blogs. Today is the turn of two colleagues from our Co-op Food store in Ore, Hastings.

So far Team Co-op have collectively raised over £8.5k in sponsorship!

Pete Thunder, Store Manager, Ore, Hastings – East Sussex

Meet the Team - Pete ThunderPete and his team: I am really pleased and excited to be running the London marathon in 2016. I am a store manager and have been for 15 years. I have a team of 22 who are all very supportive of raising money for the British Red Cross.

Fundraising Strategy: We have started our fundraising in store with charity tins on all tills and last month we made a Christmas hamper and sold tickets. Our team in store have thought of fundraising ideas and have come up with things like cake sales, car washing, and some are interested in doing a skydive. My fundraising strategy involves an event in store every month plus the JustGiving site. We recently had a cake sale in store which raised £150 towards our target.

Training Strategy: 
I run a little and have done 4 half marathons but that’s the furthest I have ran. I aim to run 3 times a week and I shall gradually build up the distance. Currently training is up to 10 miles & we did our furthest run last week of 14 miles.
Motivation: I believe the Co-op’s partnership with the British Red Cross tackling loneliness is a great cause as we all know someone who is lonely. I liked the way the Christmas advert was connected to the campaign and I am pleased to be helping people that are alone in our communities.

I have always wanted to run the London Marathon but never had the opportunity to do so as the event is so oversubscribed and hard to get into. I have looked at doing other marathons but I believe London is the best.

Goal: My aim is to complete it in 3 hours 30 minutes.

Personal Motto: My personal motto is something my mum who sadly passed away last year always said, “never give up” and I shall be saying that to myself whilst running on the 24th April 2016

To support Pete and the campaign to tackle loneliness you can donate to his JustGiving Page at:
https://www.justgiving.com/peter-thunder2 or TXT ‘THND90 £5’ to 70070 – you can change the amount to the nearest £.

Elliot Upton, Team Leader, Ore, Hastings – East Sussex

Meet the Team - Elliot UptonFundraising Strategy: My fundraising strategy is to ask all my friends and family and ask them to spread the word.  I will also be doing activities such as raffles and books sales amongst others.

Motivation: I think that it is a great cause to be tackling because it is not seen as a big issue, however it should be seen as a big issue because it can effect anyone of any age or background and can lead to mental health issues like depression.

Goal: I decided to run the London marathon because I have always wanted to do it. I like raising as much money as I can and aim to do it in as quickest time as I can.

My personal motto: “Go hard or go home.”

To support Elliot and the campaign to tackle loneliness you can donate to his JustGiving Page at:

Could you take on a challenge as part of our Charity partnership with the British Red Cross?
Visit http://www.co-operative.coop/our-ethics/charity-partnership/challenges-and-events/ or email CharityPartnership@co-operative.coop to find out about challenge events in your area. If running isn’t your cup of tea then take a look at our alternative fundraising ideas for February:

February Fundraising #campaigningcoop

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Look out for upcoming blogs featuring Team Co-op runners: Keith Rodaway, Chris Cooper, Kristian Blount & Victoria James.

Read the last blog featuring Leigh Newman & Wayne Bateman here:

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  1. Go Team Co-op – we’re all rooting for you!!


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