aql has the run of Leeds in the 2012 Abbey Dash
More than 7000 people took part in the 28th annual Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash on 18 November 2012, which raises money to help support older people living in the UK.
Three entrants from aql were among the thousands of runners who lined up for the start of the race on the Headrow in Leeds and ran the 10 kilometre course around city centre: aql’s Founder and CEO, Dr. Adam Beaumont; Head of Sales, Ray Shephardson; and Account Manager Jyoti Solanki.
All three set commendable times of 47.56 minutes, 45.48 minutes and 68.01 minutes respectively, and more importantly helped to raise funds for one of the UK’s best known charities.
Adam said :
“It’s important that aql supports events such as this, not only because it helps a worthy cause, but also because events like the Abbey Dash are and great way for aql and other businesses based in Leeds to come out represent the city in a different way.”
The Abbey Dash is but one of Age UK’s ‘Wrap Up and Run’ winter events encouraging people to run 10K and below. “Fitness is an important part of the culture at aql,” said Dr. Beaumont. “The benefits of an active lifestyle are obvious, and it’s wonderful for me to be able to take part in events such as this alongside other members of the aql family.”
aql’s Head of Sales, Ray Shephardson, who was the first of the participants from aql to cross the finish line, enjoyed the camaraderie of the event and is looking forward to the next opportunity to run alongside his colleagues:
“Of course I’m pleased to be the first of the runners from aql to cross the finish line, but I’m happier to with my time today.
“Now I’m looking forward to bettering it at the Wrap Up And Run Harewood House 10k in Leeds next March, where hopefully I’ll be able to persuade more people from aql to get their trainers on and join us.”