The UKF Group takes on 2019 London Marathon

UPDATE: Due to a foot injury, Sam Halfpenny has had to defer his London Marathon entry to 2020. All donations made will automatically roll onto next year’s event.

Following the success of Group Managing Director, Simon Greenhill in 2017, Operations Director, Chris Morris and Group IT & Systems Manager, Sam Halfpenny have volunteered to toe the line at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon, in aid of The Get A-Head Charitable Trust.

Sam Halfpenny & Chris Morris on their way to 2017 London Marathon
Sam Halfpenny & Chris Morris on their way to 2017 London Marathon

The two Bromsgrove lads are on strict diets and rigorous training schedules on the run-up to the marathon. A normal week for them consists of five runs and regular gym sessions, as they aim to improve their cardio endurance and fitness.

This is not the first time they’ve run for charity either. Chris took part in the 2018 Gung-Ho! 5km inflatable obstacle course in Crofton Park, Birmingham; while Sam ran last year’s Timberhonger 10km – a popular event among local runners. Through these two events, the pair raised over £900 for the head and neck cancer charity. To top this, they have set themselves an impressive fundraising goal of £6,000 for the London Marathon. To help them raise the money, visit their respective fundraising pages and donate.

Since 2007, the London Marathon has set world records for fundraising for a one-day annual event every year and this year is expected to break another milestone. On Sunday 28th April, the 39th London Marathon is expected to break the £1,000,000,000 (£1billion) mark for total money raised throughout the event’s history. In honour of this achievement, the organisation has released the #ThanksaBillion video.

Virgin Money London Marathon #ThanksaBillion video

The UKF Group first partnered with Get A-Head when Group Chairman Phil Morris witnessed first hand the support the charity provides to their patients. Since then, the stainless steel stockholders have participated in regular fundraising events every year in support of the charity. Get A-Head is an independent charity supporting patients of head and neck diseases and cancers. Their mission is to raise funds to directly help improve the quality of life for patients. This is achieved through subsidising specialist equipment to improve the chance of correct diagnosis and funding research and education programmes.

Upon hearing the news, Get A-Head’s Charity Manager, Louise John said, “The support we have received from UKF over the years has been invaluable, and we were delighted that Chris and Sam have chosen to run the iconic London Marathon for Get A-Head. We have enjoyed following their training so far and wish them every success on the day. I am always inspired by people who choose to give up so much time and make so much effort to support our wonderful charity!”

Get A-Head is an independent charity supporting patients of head and neck diseases and cancers. Their mission is to raise funds to directly help improve the quality of life for patients. This is achieved through subsidising specialist equipment to improve the chance of correct diagnosis and funding research and education programmes.

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