Aquila Employees raise over £2000 for Blesma in Debut Marathon Race.
Three employees from Aquila-ATMS have raised more than £2000 for Blesma, the charity for Limbless veterans, after taking part in their first ever marathon.
Colleagues Nicki Denbigh, Dan Green and David Johnson – who are all based at Aquila’s head office in Whiteley, Fareham - completed the gruelling 26.2-mile Brighton Marathon course on April 9, one of the hottest April days on record - a task made even more challenging by the fact that it was the first time any of the team had completed a full marathon.
The three runners were inspired to take part in the race after learning about the incredible work that Blesma, Aquila’s charity of the year, does for Limbless veterans. The colleagues put in hours of training in the weeks leading up to the race, gradually building up the distance they could run. It was training that all paid off as they were eventually able to complete the challenging course in under 5 hours.
David Johnson, the team pacer, said “Knowing we had raised a significant amount of money from friends, family and colleagues really kept us going especially in the latter stages of the race when we hit what marathon runners call “the wall” somewhere around mile 22.”
Nicki, Dan and David helped each other through the race, giving each other encouragement, sharing food and ensuring they each stopped for regular water breaks. Now that the aches and pains and blisters have all subsided, the three runners are already planning their next marathon.
Blesma, The Limbless Veterans helps all serving and ex-Service men and women who have lost limbs, or lost the use of limbs or eyes, to rebuild their lives by providing rehabilitation activities and welfare support.