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In Your Area – ‘Desk to 10K’ has another successful year in Burnley

The scheme which started in 2018, has managed to exceed expectations in Burnley

Office workers have once again jumped out of their comfort zone to take on a new challenge in Burnley.

Staff from Key Digital banded together to form a training programme that would have them race-ready in time for the Burnley 10K in July of that year.

The scheme, ‘Desk to 10K’ saw desk-bound staffers team up, train and push themselves over the finish line.

They had 25 weeks to get the team of employees with no running experience to be able to run 6.2 miles – which isn’t an easy feat!

The programme which launched in 2018, proved to be a triumph as all of the team made it across the finish line.

After the success of last year, the old team gathered back together and managed to recruit several more people along the way to race the Burnley 10K 2019 and on Sunday, July 21.

And they all completed the challenge.

A big congratulations to Luke Noonan who led the way for Key Digital with a blistering time of 47:05.

Another huge congratulations goes to Peter Emmonds, Key Digital’s oldest participant at 59 years old who had never run a day in his life before starting the Desk to 10K.

Andy Ratcliffe, the Managing Director of the company based in Burnley, Lancashire said: “It’s great that we’ve had even more people participating this year, and it was such a great feeling to see everyone crossing that finish line.

“It’s something that I would encourage every business to try running a similar programme.”

Andy is no stranger to running, he is currently mid-way through his gargantuan 12in12 challenge – he’s running 12 marathons in 12 months raising money for the NSPCC.

His current fundraising total is up to £731.20 but he his hoping to keep this going and raise £1,000 by the end of the year.

With seven marathons down, and five more to go! Search #andy12in12 to get involved and donate to the NSPCC.

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