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Ubico runners complete Cheltenham Half Marathon.

Simon Cluley and Lee Porton, Operations Managers for Local authority owned environmental services company Ubico Ltd have successfully raised over £400 for charity by running the Cheltenham Half Marathon.

The duo decided to enter the marathon in an attempt to get fit whilst also trying to raise some money for the company's chosen charity of the year, the James Hopkins Trust.

The James Hopkins Trust is a local charity that provides free support to severely disabled and life threatened children aged five years and under. It aims to improve the quality of their lives through nursing respite care and the use of multi-sensory facilities at its purpose built nursing respite centre.

This was Simon's first attempt at a half marathon, whereas Lee is a seasoned runner, having taken part in half marathons previously. Lee completed the race in 2 hours and 1 minute followed by Simon in a respectable 2 hours and 16 minutes.

Simon Cluley, Operations Manage , Ubico Ltd said:

"I started running a bit last year just to work on my own fitness levels and had quickly built up to running 5kms.

"When I saw Cheltenham's half marathon advertised, I thought it would be a good incentive to push myself to run a bit further, so I set about trying to find some other runners to join me.

"I was thrilled when Lee agreed to take part as we have been able to encourage each other throughout the training programe.

"This year Ubico has chosen the James' Hopkins Trust as the charity of the year, so I thought it would be brilliant to use the marathon as to try and raise some extra money for the charity.

"We set ourselves a target of £250.00 to begin with, but we have managed to raise £450.00 so far. We are hoping that we can round this up to £500.00 with a few more donations. "

If you would like to support the runners by making a small donation to the James Hopkins Trust, please make a donation via the company's justgiving page www.justgiving.com/ubico-marathon

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