Independent paint manufacturer HMG Paints of Collyhurst, Manchester entered its biggest team ever in the BUPA Great Manchester Run, the UK’s largest 10k run.
The team of 40 staff, family and friends included 15 first timers.
This year Team HMG ran in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the Prostate Cancer Charity. The oldest team members were 61 year old Martyn Binnington (1:05:22) and 59 year old Maggie McDermott (1:20:29), while Sarah Newton got 1:03:01, just three years after breaking her back.
HMG’s marketing manager and three-time competitor, Paddy Dyson said: “Unfortunately, the run took its toll on Team HMG this year, with an injury list that reads like an England football squad’s, including bad backs, knee and ankle injuries, groin strains, hamstrings, blisters and black toenails,” he adds.
The fastest Team HMG finisher was director Steve Crossman who crossed the line in 37:18, just short of last year’s record. He was closely challenged by stoving department foreman Neil Dawes (42:16), lab technician Colin Foster (44:00), production guy John Rutter (44:31), aerosol worker Mark Boardman (47:12), and Byotrol’s Andy Benton (49:12). New boy Sam Gaunt, fresh from Manchester Business School, also impressed with a time of 48:17.