Workers from Derbyshire firm Lubrizol compete in 24-hour challenge for mental health charity

A team of work colleagues ran a total of 280 kilometres between them in just 24 hours – the equivalent of running from their office in Hazelwood to Gretna Green.

Seven runners from Lubrizol took part in Equinox 24, a 24-hour relay race in the grounds of Belvoir Castle, in Leicestershire to raise money for the firm’s chosen charity Derbyshire MIND.

The Lubrizol workers - who called themselves 'Well-Oiled Machine' raised over £2,000 for a Derbyshire mental health charity. Penguin PR: public relations, media and communications

The gruelling challenge saw the team, which they named The Well-Oiled Machine, run up hills totalling 4,480m in height – which is the same as running up and over The Matterhorn, or up and down Ben Nevis three times.

Sponsorship money is still coming in for the challenge, but so far the team has collectively raised £1,800, with the company topping up that sum by a further £500.

Star of the team was chemist Will Durkin, who ran an astonishing 70k during the 24-hour event.

He said: “The event was fantastic. It was my first endurance-style running event, but certainly not my last. The organisers made sure everything ran smoothly and the enthusiasm of the marshalls, the other runners and our team members kept me going in the middle of the night.

“It would have been pretty easy to lose motivation in the early, cold hours but our team performed flawlessly. Whenever it was their time to run, every single person was up and on the course, making sure they were there to see each runner in and out of the course, like a well-oiled machine.

The 'Well-Oiled Machine' team of Will Durkin, Patricia Sanden, Ant Shacklock, Alex Haythornthwaite, Richard Brenda, Brad Green and Rachel Emmerson. Penguin PR: Public relations, media and communications.

“We’re pleased the amount of money we have raised for a fantastic cause, close to a lot of our hearts and we had a brilliant weekend on top. The telling sign was that the next day, even with achy legs and sleep deprivation we were already discussing next year’s event and how we are going to up the ante.”

Last year the team ran 10 days of 10ks, clocking up an impressive 500 miles over the challenge, collectively raising £600 for the charity, with the firm topping up that sum by a further £500.

The team consisted of Will, Patricia Sanden, Ant Shacklock, Alex Haythornthwaite, Richard Brenda, Brad Green and Rachel Emmerson.

Patricia Standen, a technology manager, said: “It was good fun, despite the rain and the pain. We took it in turns to run, although during the night we ran in pairs for safety reasons.

“I managed three 10ks over the 24 hours which is the most I’ve ever run before. We didn’t get much sleep in between runs, but we were able to rest and my husband was on refreshment duty, so we were always welcomed back to our tent with a drink.

“We haven’t decided what the team will do for its next challenge – I think we need to recover from this one first.”

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