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Mud, sweat and tears

Published 14th October, 2016 by Neil Nixon

Mud, sweat and tears

Staff from Lyreco cleaned up for charity after completing two tough challenges in one weekend. A team of 17 runners braved six miles of mud and more than 15 brutal obstacles to take part in the Tough Mudder Half event at Cholmondeley Estate, Cheshire. France-based HR director, Morten Wiil, travelled to the UK to take part in the event in September, with the team raising funds for the firm's worldwide education programme.

While his colleagues were tackling the assault course in Cheshire, Lyreco sales manager, Richard Young, was facing his own challenge competing in a Half Ironman in Weymouth including an open water sea swim of 1.2 miles at 7 in the morning followed by a 56-mile bike ride, featuring more than 2000ft of hill climbs, and finally a 13.1 mile run.

The fundraisers, including Telford-based managing director, Peter Hradisky, are on target to raise more than £4000 for Lyreco for Education, a programme that aims to give children living in poor conditions a better access to education. Hradisky said: “The Tough Mudder was just that - very tough and very muddy! We worked as a team and finished as a team, expertly guided by our Tough Mudder expert and marketing team member, Liam Forrester, who has completed the course more than 20 times. Not only did we successfully complete it, we enjoyed it too. For all of us to complete the race in one piece was a great achievement and we're all very proud. Richard's challenge was even tougher than ours and he has put many hours of hard work and training into preparing for the Half Ironman. For all of us, the motivation of raising money for Lyreco for Education helped spur us on to finish and we're delighted to have raised so much money to help more children into education.”

Along with Peter and Morten, the Tough Mudder team was made up of staff from across the country including the field sales director Greg Fry, Chris Tame, the regional sales director for London and south east, and Goff Day, the firm's regional sales manager in the south west. They were joined by the Telford based staff who were training manager Selina Jackson, internal communications manager Louise Hoffman, recruiter Steph Powell, Natalie Tait and Rob Marks from the training department, three marketing specialists Ali Hendy, Amy Williams and Liam Forrester, Luke Roberts from customer services, area sales manager Sean Clarke, Steve Moran, commercial sales support manager, and Helen Reid, Lyreco's inside sales manager.