Deloitte commits to 2,012 sponsored miles in time for the 2012 Olympics

Sir Keith Mills (left) with the team from Deloitte’s Cambridge office and senior partner Richard Knights.

Sir Keith Mills (left) with the team from Deloitte’s Cambridge office and senior partner Richard Knights.

With less than three years until the start of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Deloitte’s Cambridge entrepreneurial business team has committed to running 2,012 sponsored miles before the Games begin.The team of 50 will cover the distance between them by taking part in local and national running events, including the Turing Relay, the Cambridge 10k Series, the JP Morgan Chase and the Great North Run as well as several marathons.

The team hopes to raise an average of £5 per mile for local and national charities.

If successful, they should collect more than £10,000 via their Justgiving website, which has been set up to chronicle the events they enter and monitor sponsorship.

Richard Crane, entrepreneurial business partner at Deloitte in Cambridge, said: “Every mile will be undertaken as part of a charity or organised running event.

“Training on the treadmill at the gym and walking to the station and sandwich shop won’t count, so the team have a tough challenge ahead of them.”

Richard Knights, senior partner at Deloitte in Cambridge, said: “Deloitte is an Official Supporter of London 2012 and it’s great to see our local team getting involved.

“We have some good runners in the office and I have every confidence they will be able to go the distance for these worthy causes.”

The team will be looking for backing and encouragement throughout the three-year challenge from colleagues, friends and family. 

One of the first obstacles the team needs to overcome is finding enough events to enter to cover the required distance. If you organise an event the Deloitte team could take part in then please contact Lee Maughan on 01223 259 844.

Matt Negus, Alice Hawkes, Tony Walker and Matthew Tilley, who are all taking part in the 2012 mile challenge, recently met Sir Keith Mills, deputy chair of the London organizing committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Councillor Stephen Castle, Nations and Regions East chairman.

The pair spent the afternoon at Deloitte’s Cambridge office with other regional London 2012 sponsors to network and explore future collaborative working opportunities.

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