A thousand runners Race4Business

Published: 02/07/2013

For the 15th year in a row business men and women descended upon Chelmsford city centre to take part in Birketts’ Race4Business, this year in aid of Brentwood based charity SNAP (Special Needs and Parents).

Teams and individuals from businesses including Seymour House, Woodland Group and ClearView communications ran, jogged or walked their way round the 3.5 mile evening fun run which started in Chelmsford High Street.

The race was officially started by Former England and Essex cricketer turned talkSPORT radio presenter Ronnie Irani who offered pre race words of encouragement.

Consultant at Birketts and event founder Richard Wollaston, who ran the race himself, said: "I’m delighted that the Essex business community continues to support this event. I’d like to thank everyone involved, in particular the participants, who  have raised essential funds for SNAP to continue to provide essential support for Essex families with children and young people who have special needs and disabilities."

The fastest time recorded in the history of the event is 16.01 minutes and despite some fantastic times this year in humid conditions the record remains unbeaten.

The prizes for the fastest teams and individuals were presented by recently appointed Birketts CEO Jonathan Agar, the winners were as follows:


• 1st  - John Scaife - Wincer Kievenaar LLP
• 2nd - Nick Wetheridge - NatWest
• 3rd  - Kieran Manning - ClearView communications


• 1st - Samantha Bilbie
• 2nd - Jessica Pilgrim - Another Level Medispa
• 3rd - Julie Beasant - Another Level Medispa


• 1st  - M&G Investments
• 2nd - Wincer Kievenaar LLP
• 3rd  - ClearView Harriers

The winners of the fancy dress prize were the team from TTC Language Services, dressing up as various super heroes including Batman and Superman.

In the last fourteen years Birketts’ Race4Business has raised over £400,000 for good causes. The event organisers will now total up the money raised from this year’s event to present to SNAP.

Hilary Needham the SNAP Manager said  "The funds raised for SNAP through Birketts’ Race4Business are really significant for our charity and will assist us enormously.   When parents of pre-school children first come to The SNAP Centre they are often in need of a great deal of intensive help and we would  particularly like to spend the donations on our services for these families.  We are so grateful to Birketts for choosing SNAP as the beneficiary of this amazing event and we send enormous thanks to the runners and everyone who has supported Birketts’ Race4Business 2013."


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