Bromford colleagues from Birmingham and Warwickshire have been training together over the summer to get from ‘couch to 5k’ with an end challenge to complete the Stratford parkrun. And on Saturday 22 September the team competed the course, raising more than £230 for YouCan in the process.

Steven Osmond, locality manager, and seasoned parkrunner co-ordinated the challenge and said:
“We’re a dedicated bunch who spend our days coaching customers to help them achieve whatever their goals are in life. My team are brilliant at what they do, however they’re not all runners! A few of them who have completed the challenge have never run before, so we’ve been coaching each other to ensure we all got around the course as a team on the day.

“This was my 250th parkrun and I’m very proud to be a part of the team that got involved in this event and have taken on this challenge in good spirit.

YouCan offers grants of up to £300 to help kick-start community based projects designed to bring people and neighbourhoods together. The grants have funded things such as community gardening projects, craft clubs and support groups for new parents. It’s brilliant that we’ve raised more £230 and it’s great to know that the money will go towards helping people to get their ideas off the ground.”

Louise Kelly, locality manager, was full of praise for Steven after completing the challenge, saying:

“I just wanted to say thanks for organising Steve! I am not natural runner (some of you may have noticed), but I really enjoyed it. It was a great atmosphere and a great achievement for the team!”

If you would like to donate to Steven and the team, you can still do so by clicking here.

Take a look at our blog to find out more about some of the projects that YouCan has helped to fund – and if you’re inspired by any of the stories, why not apply for you own grant

Steven is pictured at the front proudly wearing his “250th parkrun vest. The rest of the team (from left to right) are Matt Buckham (head of locality), Louise Kelly (locality manager), Hannah Hunter (neighbourhood coach), Lynne Pepper (locality co-ordinator), Liz Needham (neighbourhood coach), Jodie Insley (neighbourhood coach) and Jodie’s daughter.