Staff from Hendy are stepping up their training ahead of the ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k which take place in April.
Hendy is set to provide the official timing car for the event and support also includes staff and suppliers running in the three different races.
The group also hosted a circuits session at its FordStore in Eastleigh where staff from Nuffield Health put runners through their paces ahead of the events.
More than 8,000 people are set to lace up their trainers and take part in the races on Sunday April 23. More than half are taking part in the half marathon, 10k and mile fun run distances, while the remainder will run the full 26.2 mile distance.
Support of Southampton’s first marathon in more than 30 years follows recent sponsorship of the Hendy Eastleigh 10k and chief executive Paul Hendy said the group is committed to supporting the thousands of adults and children who enjoy running, volunteering and spectating. He added:
‘We’re delighted to be supporting such a great event for the third year running,’
‘The organisers manage to bring together so many people and create a real community event and we’re proud to be involved.’
Event director Chris Rees said,
The reaction to the race this year has been phenomenal and it’s great that companies such as Hendy are keen to play such an active role in supporting the event.
The run takes place on Sunday April 23 and this year’s route will take participants in the opposite direction to previous years. For the first time ever, runners will take on three of the city’s bridges; Cobden, Northam and the famously-tough Itchen Bridge.
All runners will finish in the race village in Guildhall Square, where thousands of people are expected to descend to cheer and lend their support. At the event’s climax it’s expected that some 430 people will cross the finish line every 60 seconds.