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Wyre Forest firm's employees not chickening out of challenge
6:20am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
MORE than 30 employees of a Wyre Forest IT company are hoping to ruffle a few feathers when they take part in the BUPA Great Birmingham Run.
OGL Computer, which has premises in Stourport and Kidderminster, aims to raise thousands of pounds for Cure Leukaemia, which funds specialist nurses to administer potentially life-saving drug trials.
The firm’s runners hope they will not be left with egg on their faces in their forfeit challenge for the team, as the person who secures the lowest fund-raising total must wear a chicken suit for the duration of the run, on Sunday, October 20.
Runners in the OGL team include regular marathon participants, as well as those who have never run a marathon before. The team is training up to three times a week to build up stamina.
OGL Computer team leader Paul Colwell said: “I’m looking forward to the half-marathon not only to push myself to get fit but also to raise money for a fantastic charity, which makes such a difference to people’s lives.
“Our team includes experienced runners and complete beginners, so I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together.
“I came up with the idea of the chicken suit forfeit for a bit of fun and, hopefully, it will encourage a bit of competitive spirit between the team. I’m keeping the suit out of prying eyes before the day so it’s a big surprise for everyone.”
James McLaughlin, Cure Leukaemia chief executive, said: “When OGL Computer told us about the forfeit challenge we thought it was genius - what a brilliant way to motivate the team with their fund-raising.
“We’re delighted to have the backing of a respected company like OGL Computer and we’re sure that their efforts will help us reach our fund-raising target of £100,000.”
An estimated 400 runners are expected to take part in the run.
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