Medica Packaging Man Clocks 2:44:45 for Marathon

In Packaging on April 23, 2014 at 9:36 am

Further to the recently released news of his participation in this year’s event, Dave Betteley, PrePress Team Leader at Benson Group’s Medica Packaging operation in Crewe, has confirmed his finishing time of 2:44:45 earned him a more-than-respectable 357th place (out of some 36,000 starters!) at the London Marathon, which took place on April 13, 2014.


This superb performance has now now qualified Dave for a position on the championship start for next year’s race.

Print and packaging people are urged to dig deep into their pockets to salute this remarkable effort. Dave was running to raise money for the Special Care Baby Unit at his local Leighton Hospital, Crewe, and whilst he was aiming at a sub-three-hour finish, the time achieved deserves our collective salute!

The Special Care Baby Unit has a special place in Dave’s heart as his youngest son spent the first week of his life there, and it is thanks to the dedication of staff in the unit that his son is here today. The money raised by Dave, and others, is going to Leighton Hospital’s recently launched “1 in 11 appeal”.

As an added incentive, Dave’s eldest son has already completed the Sport Relief Charity Swim raising almost £500. “I’ve got try and at least match that,” said Dave, pointing us all towards his web page at

About Benson Group

Benson Group is one of the UK’s leading printed folding carton suppliers, producing packaging product for both the food retail and healthcare industries for a wide range of UK and European customers.

The business manufactures packaging product at four production sites covering in excess of 400,000 sq ft. Benson Group continues to grow and expects to achieve annual sales for the current financial year in excess of £120 million. Food and beverage processors are the main customers at Bardon and for the company’s two North East facilities in Newcastle and Gateshead. The fourth site in Crewe serves healthcare and consumer care markets. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the four sites totals in excess of £22 million. The group employs over 900 UK based employees across all four production sites.

Benson Group creates packaging for many well-known companies, brands and retailers. Key account clients across the Group include Two Sisters Food Group, Reckitt Benckiser, Greencore, and Samworth Brothers. The company is an approved supplier for all of the UK’s leading retail chains. Food and healthcare packaging is exported to customers in countries throughout Europe.

For further information on the Benson Group visit the web site.



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