It was never going to be a walk in the park. But more than 13 hours after starting a marathon trek in aid of a national children’s charity, a team from commercial property developers Stoford crossed the finishing line first.
The gruelling 40-mile endurance event saw colleagues Tony Nash, Dominic Stokes, Matt Burgin and Alex Morgan demonstrate impressive teamwork, walking the Cotswold Way from Dursley to Cleeve Hill.
Starting at midnight, they walked through the night, watched the sunrise and carried on past lunchtime as they joined 30 teams taking part in The Plod to raise money to help Action Medical Research for children.
Alex – a veteran of numerous endurance events including a 72-mile run up and down 41 Lake District peaks and several 60-mile runs covering the length of Hong Kong – led the team and kept his colleagues motivated.
He said: “The weather was warm with some really heavy rain but that just helped to take our attention away from the pain of walking. It sounds like it’s a daunting challenge but actually it was fairly plain sailing and the key is to keep moving all the time.
“We were a little surprised to be the first to cross the finishing line, and delighted of course to be able to present the charity with £1,500 donated by Stoford in support of our efforts. We know it will help a very deserving cause.”
Stoford, a Birmingham-based commercial property developer, specialise in occupier-led property solutions for business. The company is involved in a diverse range of commercial property developments across the UK.
Action Medical Research aims to help reduce the high rate of premature births and improve treatment for sick babies, help children affected by disability and infections, and help develop therapies for diseases in children including genetic disorders, rare forms of brain cancer and blindness.