Back in January, a team from Burnley-based managed print service provider Key Digital began a training programme that would have them race-ready in time for the Burnley 10K. They titled their scheme ‘Desk to 10K’ with the aim of getting desk-bound employees onto their feet and increasing their fitness – and they hope that their success will encourage other businesses to do something similar.
On 15 July, the team completed their goal and smashed the Burnley 10K in record individual times, but now they are looking for a new challenge. Managing Director, Andy Ratcliffe, said: “We’ve got this stage and now we have to continue this momentum and reach greater heights, ultimately I’d love to see the team complete a marathon but maybe the next step will be to train up for a half-marathon.”
“I think it’s been a fantastic way to get people up and away from their desks – they are taking part for all manner of different reasons, from wanting to raise money for charity to wanting to lose a few inches. I’m so proud of everyone who has taken part and I’m looking forward to future successes that we have.”
Following this, Key Digital were given a grant to install changing and showering facilities at their Head Office on Sycamore Close, near Gannow, to encourage more staff to walk, run or cycle to work.
“Healthier staff are happier staff, it also means they have fewer sick days – I’d encourage every business to try something similar”, added Ratcliffe.