Dave Betteley, PrePress Team Leader at Benson Group’s Medica Packaging operation in Crewe, is ready to take on the ultimate sporting challenge with this year’s London Marathon, which takes place April 13, 2014.
Running to raise money for the Special Care Baby Unit at his local Leighton Hospital, Crewe, Dave is aiming at a sub-three-hour time. 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”.
Commenting on his marathon history, Dave said: “It all started back in March 2013 after running the Stafford 20 mile road race in a time of 2hrs and 5mins. I decided at that point to run the Blackpool Marathon, with the aim of clocking a “Good for Age” qualifying time for this year’s London Marathon. This meant that I would have to run under 3hrs 15mins. On the April 7 last year I completed the Blackpool Marathon in 3 hours and 7 seconds.
“This started my focus on training straight away. By the end of 2013 I’d run 2,200 miles over 339 runs. It does call for dedication: often two or even three runs per day, no matter what the weather, as well as some gym work five days a week, using weights to complement all the running, with the aim of keeping a balance between endurance and strength, and trying not to get injured through the impact running on joints and muscles. Added to that I cycle to work every day for some additional non-impact training.”
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 http://www.justgiving.com/David-Betteley
For marathon watchers, Dave will be relatively easy to spot in a bright orange vest with Medica Packaging on the front and Dave B on the back. Track his progress by following his race number 32032, and do please sponsor his efforts.
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 www.bensongroup.co.uk web site.