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Running the Bristol 10k for charity

Posted on the 31st July 2018 in the category Events

On a hotter than predicted morning in mid-May Mike Slater and Pete Byrom who work together in the BWOC Transport department, laced up their trainers and tackled the Bristol 10k. They were aiming to raise money for their chosen charities (Mike – Bone Cancer Research, Pete – Bristol SANDS) and to complete the course in time to be in work on Monday morning!! Both set off in the final group or ‘Pink Wave’ of runners from Anchor Rd near the Harbourside in Bristol in a route that would take them out of town and down the Portway, underneath the iconic Bristol Suspension Bridge before turning back towards the city and negotiating Spike Island before returning through the city centre and back to the finish line by the Bristol Aquarium.


More than 13,500 runners of varying abilities took part in the run and the pavements along the whole 10k route was packed with people cheering on and providing encouragement to all the runners. Some were taking part in fancy dress – Mike ran in a rather fetching grass skirt others were more ‘conservatively’ attired, Pete opted for t-shirt and shorts. Pete did noted that amongst the thousands of runners there was a team of policemen in riot gear that passed him on the Portway and not long after that a team of firemen in full gear including breathing apparatus carrying ladders and breathing apparatus passed him. As mentioned it was a hotter than predicted morning and a later start in the morning meant that at various points on the course Mike and Pete were (like mad dogs and Englishmen) out in the midday sun. At one point Mike thought the sun and heat might be getting a bit much as he thought he saw a cow running along the course. It turned out to be someone with an inflatable cow costume on running to promote a brand of food!!


We are happy to report that both Mike and Pete made it back safely to the end of the 10k course (and work the next morning) in times of 1hr 1min and 1hr 39mins respectively. Between them thanks to the kind donations from friends and colleagues they raised nearly £500 for their chosen charities and are already planning an assault on next year’s Bristol 10k!!

Manchester City Marathon

Posted on the 8th April 2018 in the category Announcements

On Sunday 8th April 2018 Lauren Reason took part in the Manchester City Marathon. Lauren has worked for BWOC at our garage at Brent Knoll for nearly 3 years and when not working at the garage Lauren is kept busy working with her horses or helping on her parents farm.


A year ago in a conversation about goals and achievements someone told Lauren that they doubted she’d be able to run a marathon. That was it CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!! Lauren put in place a training plan with the goal of completing the Manchester City Marathon in April 2018. On Sunday 8th April along with a small but dedicated team of supporters including Laurens mother and Angela Ndow (manager of the Brent Knoll Garage), travelled to Manchester and took part and completed the 26 miles 385 yards in a very impressive time of 4hrs 1 minute 23 seconds!! Brent Knoll garage manage Angela Ndow said ‘We are all incredibly proud of Lauren for completing this challenge and for the work she has put in and are hoping her feet have recovered in time for her next shift at the garage!!’


In taking part in the Manchester City Marathon Lauren had decided to raise money for Cancer Research. Lauren had lost her Grandfather to the illness and is currently supporting a close family friend through chemotherapy so knows how vitally important every penny raised is towards the charity. Hosting a karaoke night, a quiz night, getting sponsorship and via her ‘Just Giving’ page Lauren has managed to raise just over £2,600 and hopes to reach her target of £3,000 very soon.

Strictly Fun Dancing

Posted on the 24th March 2018 in the category Sponsorships

Continuing our support of fundraising for Weston Hospice Care, BWOC were the title sponsors for the inaugural ‘Strictly Fun Dancing’ event held at the Winter Gardens Ballroom in Weston super Mare on 24th March 2018.


4 members of staff from the Weston super Mare office took part in the inaugural ‘Strictly Fun Dancing Event’ at the towns Winter Gardens. The 4 brave dancers (Daniel Webb, Michelle Bissex, Dan Shutler and Tara Evans) dancing in pairs put on their glitziest clothes and polished dancing shoes to perform in front of an audience of more than 300 people. Along with 10 other couples they’d all been practising and learning their ‘Cha-Cha’ and ‘American Smooth’ routines every Sunday, under the guidance of 2 local dance teachers. The glamorous event was hosted by TV celebrity Martin Roberts (Homes Under the Hammer, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here). All couples did 1 of their rehearsed routines before each being scored by the judges in true Strictly tradition (the audience booing low scores and cheering high scores!!). The 3 couples with the highest score would go through to the final to dance once more, along with the couple who had the most money donated into individual collection buckets on the night. We are pleased to report that Daniel Webb and Michelle Bissex went through to the final dance off where they finished a very creditable 3rd place!!


Weston Hospice Cares event Fundraiser Kelsey Dehaney said ‘I was very proud of everyone who took part. I have been watching them train from day one, and they have improved so much. Even though a lot of them were nervous, they all did an amazing job’. Managing Director of BWOC Mark Wayne said ‘BWOC have a long association with fundraising and supporting Weston Hospice Care. This was a brilliant event all those taking part had put a lot of effort in to rehearsing and performing on the night and it really showed. It was a thoroughly entertaining evening with everyone involved having a lot of fun and raising a lot of money for Weston Hospice Care and the work they do’.


The event raised more than £18,000 for Weston Hospice Care. Next year’s Strictly Fun Dancing is already being planned, with rumours of a move to a larger venue in the town…

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