108 employees from Kelda Group, Bradford-based parent company of Yorkshire Water, took part in a 10km run as part of a fund-raising campaign for WaterAid, which took place on Sunday 25th September.
The 10km run has now become an annual event forming part of the Kelda calendar after having been set up four years ago to raise money for WaterAid.
WaterAid celebrated their 35th birthday in July.
Since its 1981 launch, WaterAid has evolved into a prestigious and independent charity with the aim of improving access to safe water and sanitation across the world. Customers, staff and partners of Yorkshire Water have been a huge help in raising more than £5 million over the period spanning 35 years in which the company has supported the international charity.
The run takes place at one of the most company’s beautiful reservoir sites each year, with this year being no exception. Participating employees, contractors, friends and family all completed the 10km course around Scammonden Reservoir in Huddersfield.
This reservoir is considered to be one of Yorkshire Water’s most popular after undergoing major improvements. The paths are now very well surfaced, providing a pleasant place for a nice walk or a run, but there are some steep inclines to be aware of along the route. There are some beautiful views on offer over Scammonden Valley and the route also takes in some rough pastures and woodlands.
Simon Wright won the men’s race, completing it with an impressive time of 34.59 minutes, while Rebecca Helm took pole-position in the ladies race, with a time of 45.58 minutes.
Race organiser Sarah Wardman said “We were delighted with the number of entrants we received and we raised £5,500 from this race alone. I must thank our volunteers who made the race possible. More than 650 million people in the world live without safe water which proves just how vital WaterAid is. Our colleagues, partner organisations, friends and family are always keen to get involved to support WaterAid however we can.”
WaterAid is an international organisation that operates in 37 countries across the world to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 23 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 21 million people with sanitation.