GEARing up for the Corporate Challenge

News release PR 2173


Issued 11 February 2013


Olympic athlete Barbara Parker has stepped out from her busy schedule to join defending champions Terrington Tigers to help launch the Bespak Grand East Anglia Run Corporate Challenge.

Barbara from Pott Row and a pupil at Springwood High school began her running career with West Norfolk Athletic Club. A participant at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, at London 2012 she represented Team GB in the 3000 Steeplechase and the 5000 metres. Barbara is the current British record holder in the 3000 steeplechase.

Barbara, who is obviously still excited about the London Olympics, said: “It was an experience of a lifetime. Beijing was special but London was something else. I think the honour of competing at a home Olympics just cannot be beaten.
"I get home to King’s Lynn as often as I can and I’ll always be pleased to help the Borough Council and promote GEAR. I’m grateful for the grants that West Norfolk Council gave me in my early days and have fond memories of their Startrack Athletics courses at Lynnsport as a youngster. The GEAR 10k is a great event, one that I’d love to run in myself one day.”

The Corporate Challenge is for business and workplace teams, sports clubs and any other organisations. The other team event is for athletics clubs only.

Last year's corporate challenge winners Terrington Tigers (who also won in 2011), put in a team performance of 2 hrs 52.27, and are hoping to set an even quicker time this year.

Mark Bobbins of the Terrington Tigers said: "We are throwing down the gauntlet to see if other corporate teams can beat our times. Last year we had 120 people entered, so we really gave ourselves a good chance. This year we’re aiming at 150 runners. It was great fun and we all helped to spur each other along."

Entering the corporate challenge is easy. Simply decide on a team name, and then each individual can enter online, stating the team name. There must be a minimum of four runners per team and the fastest four times will be counted for the results.

Awards, provided by Orchard Caravans from Wells next the Sea, will be presented to the top three teams.

All runners in the Bespak GEAR 10k road race must be aged 15 years or over on race day.

The Bespak Grand East Anglia run takes place on 5 May 2013. The race will start at 10.30am and will follow a course from the Tuesday Market Place, through the town centre, The Walks and along the waterfront, before returning to the Tuesday Market Place.

Entry costs £19 per person for unaffiliated runners and £17 for runners affiliated to a UK Athletics Club.

To enter visit


Last updated: 20 February 2013
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