Charity partner announced for Birketts' Race4Business 2015

Published: 04/02/2015

Birketts, the only full service top 100 law firm in Essex, has announced that Age UK Essex will be this year’s Race4Business charity partner. Now in its 17th year, the annual Chelmsford 3.5 mile run has raised almost £500,000 for good causes. 

This year’s race will take place on Thursday 18 June and registration for the run will open in March. 

Birketts’ Race4Business, which attracts thousands of participants each year, is aimed at encouraging businesses from across the county and beyond to enter teams or support individual employees to take part, although it is open to the public as well. 

Rafael Ruiz, a partner in Birketts' award-winning corporate and commercial team, commented: “I’m delighted to announce that Age UK Essex will be benefitting from the proceeds raised this year. Age UK Essex is a local charity and provides services in over 200 towns and villages, helping over 60,000 elderly people across the county. I urge as many people as possible to make this year the best ever.” 

Rafael added: “Birketts’ Race4Business has grown out of all recognition from its early years and is now a major event in the Chelmsford calendar. We very much encourage businesses throughout the region to enter, whether they are experienced runners or first timers and whether they want to run, jog or walk. Last year over 1,200 runners entered and we raised £23,000.”

Jean Robinson, head of income generation at Age UK Essex spoke of the announcement: “We are absolutely delighted to be chosen by Birketts as this year’s charity partner. Age UK Essex promotes the wellbeing of all older people in Essex and supports a growing number of people in later life. With demand for our support growing, we are striving to raise enough income to enable our services to continue improving the lives of older people throughout the county.”

The course of the race is mainly flat, and takes participants from the High Street, through West Park and Admiral’s Park and finishes at the back of Birketts’ offices on Bradford Street. The event is open to people of all abilities with each runner being given an individual timing chip to ensure accurate results.

Birketts recently received an award for its corporate social responsibility work at the prestigious Pride of Essex Awards.

To register your interest in this year’s Birketts’ Race4Business please contact

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Photo (Source: Essex Chronicle) – left to right: Andrew Gardner (Age UK Essex), Jean Robinson (Age UK Essex) and Rafael Ruiz (Birketts)

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