On the 19th of March, a few members of the ESP team dusted off their running shoes and showed what IT experts are really made of by getting stuck into the Reading Half Marathon. Now, running 13.1 miles with 15,000 other participants is not how we would usually choose to spend a Sunday, but this was for a very good cause. We were raising money for Marie Curie – the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness, and ESP’s nominated charity for 2017. Marie Curie offers terminally ill individuals and their loved ones emotional support, hands-on care and guidance to help them get the most from their time together
Our nominated charity for 2017
Every year, ESP chooses a charity that is close to our heart that we support by taking part in and organising fundraising events and challenges – the majority of which either involve us getting wet or are very physically demanding (or both)! Last year, our nominated charity was Epilepsy Research UK, for which we took on Tough Mudder; in 2015, it was Arrhythmia Alliance, which saw us climb the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales for the Three Peaks Challenge. We are delighted to be supporting Marie Curie this year, and have already organised several events to help us raise as much money as possible for the cause.
The Reading Half Marathon was a gruelling day (as we say, this is not something we usually do!), but it was worth it as we raised nearly £900. So, the same time next year, team?