27th June 2014

Storming to a very active challenge

Viv Alexander

Each year everyone at Ordnance Survey has the chance to nominate, and vote for the corporate charity to support and put all of our fund-raising efforts into. For the next 12 months, we’ll be supporting Southampton Women’s Aid a charity which provides help and assistance to women, children and young people who are affected by domestic abuse.

On 26 and 27 July, a team of 5 runners from Ordnance Survey (including me, doing my bit for an active lifestyle!), are taking on a very active challenge, the Thunder Run 24hr to raise money for the corporate charity. This is a tough physical and mental challenge, because Thunder Run is a 24 hour off-road relay race over a 10km circuit against the clock. It can be completed solo or in teams of 2 to 8.  It’s  held in Catton Park in South Derbyshire. The varied terrain includes woodland, grass and track.

Image of Thunder Run team

Runners arrive on Friday and can set up camp for the weekend with the race starting at 12:00pm on Saturday and finishing 12:00pm Sunday. One member of the team must be running (or walking) on the 10km trail track at all times over a period of 24 hours. The team with the most laps completed when the clock stops after 24hrs will win.

During the 24 hour event the 5 of us aim to complete as many laps as possible.  If we manage 25 laps between us it average of 50km each which is more than a marathon!  As well as enjoying the challenge we are hoping to raise as much as possible for Southampton Women’s Aid

Our preparation has started to include getting out for multiple runs in a day and including some night runs to get used wearing to head torches!  During the weekend we will be camping out at the venue, so that we can try and get a bit of sleep between runs! We are planning our ‘pasta party’ for the night before as we’ll need plenty of fuel before and during the event to keep us going – and plenty of sleep after!

Find out more about Southampton Women’s Aid and our Thunder Run Challenge