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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…

BWOC does the 'Bubble Run' in aid of Weston Hospice Care

Posted on the 3rd November 2017 in the category Sponsorships

Over the last few years, BWOC has supported Weston Hospice Care at various events - golf days, paint runs etc.


On August 10th, members of staff and their families took part in the 'Bubble Rush' event at Burnham-on Sea, which was a run around Apex Park where at various points there were coloured 'bubble stations' for them to run through and get covered in bubbles. BWOC was sponsoring the green bubble station.


In the lead up to the run, participants were all training at their own pace and in various ways.

Pete Byrom & Mark Wayne had starting comparing notes on their training runs & even though they had agreed to complete the course together, the training was beginning to get competitive!


Race day was a scorcher. The early morning cloud & rain had made way for glorious August sunshine - lovely if you were a spectator but not quite what the runners needed!


At just after midday the starting gun fired & all of the runners set off - running through a wall of foam bubbles as they crossed the start line. The route of the run took the runners out to the edge of the park and along the River Brue before circling back into the park and around the lake before turning back to the finish line.


Michelle (Mark's Wife) was staking out the green bubble station to get some action shots of everyone coming through it, and nearly got a shot of Pete taking Mark out!


Pete explains 'as I entered the green station I slipped on the bubbles and picked up some speed, ploughed through the bubbles for what seemed like ages but eventually slowed down and regained my footing. For a split second my heart was in my mouth. As I began picking up speed in my skid, I thought the only thing that was going to slow me down was Mark who was a couple of steps in front of me. I'm not sure a picture of me rugby tackling the Managing Director in green bubbles would do my career any good- let alone the damage I would do to Mark! Luckily I stopped in time and tried to style it out & make it look like I was 'swimming' through the foam.'


One by one & at different times everyone made it back safely with no more drama. Mark & Pete were the last from BWOC to cross the line - generously making sure everyone else had finished safely and crossed the finish line in a time of just over 30 minutes.

There is photo evidence to suggest that Pete 'dipped' as he crossed the line to finish just in front of Mark. Pete's explanation is that as he crossed the finish line he stepped on some uneven ground and stumbled across the line - a story he is sticking to.


Everyone that took part had lots of fun and got thoroughly covered in various brightly coloured foam and crossed the finish line with big smiles on thier faces.


Overall the event raised £20,310 for Weston Hospice Care and the brilliant work they do. 

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