Game faces on girls!

We have officially thrown down the gauntlet, well… on the Netball courts at least, as we prepare the team for the Berkshire Business Games on Friday 30th May.

With (Colonel) Brenda Pope in charge of training and drills in the run-up we’re set to be tournament ready in no time.

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The Berkshire Workplace Challenge was launched on January 6th to get workplaces across the county more active. Over just 8 weeks 550+ workers and over 80 workplaces logged a total of 15,219 activities, 5,926 trips, covering 30,458 miles and saving 2220.8Kg CO2!

Read more about the tournament here with a rallying quote from Team Captain, Sue Anstiss

 

The Fuel to Rule 26.2

Nicki headed to mile 23 of the London Marathon yesterday to be a part of the 100-strong volunteer team working on the final Lucozade fuelling station of the course.

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Lorries unloaded, tables laden with product, branding perfected, uniforms donned, we were ready for 36,000 runners to arrive!

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The team erupted with the arrival of Mo Farah and six hours later voices were straining from the never-ending cheering.

Thousands of tired runners, young and old, were flying the flag for their charity, endless fancy dress costumes (top prize for the Jamaican bobsled team!) and beaming families overjoyed as they spotted their loved ones run by.

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The fuelling station provided quite a treat as runners were handed a bottle by rugby stars Chris Robshaw and Leigh Halfpenny or Arsenal footballer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Such an amazing day, still on a high and London did us proud. Congratulations all!

Our 20th Anniversary Party at The Kensington Roof Gardens

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Last week we descended upon The Kensington Roof Gardens with friends and colleagues to celebrate 20 wonderful years of Promote PR.

There was lots of champagne, laughter and even flamingos… yes that’s right – real live flamingos!

We had a fantastic evening and hope everyone enjoyed themselves. Here are a selection of  photos from the evening. The complete gallery can be found here

Looking forward to next year already!

 

 

BBC Radio 4′s Woman’s Hour – The Game Changers

BBC Radio 4′s Woman’s Hour unveiled their Top 10 Influential Women for 2014 yesterday and having had a stroke of luck, Adrianne had won herself a ticket to attend and so left the office ready to be a part of an inspiring broadcast.

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From the opening speech from Controller Gwyneth Williams right the way through to the audience giving Baroness Doreen Lawrence a standing ovation as she was named the No.1 Game Changer it was an emotional and inspiring event.

Baroness Lawrence, who fought for justice following the murder of her son Stephen, was awarded first place in this years’ Power List as she was hailed as “truly an example to us all.”

The list reflected women who have changed the face of power in the last year, impacting lives and changing society. A profile of each of the Top 10 women can be found here. If you missed the broadcast, here’s the link – well worth a listen!

11 points with newly crowned women’s World Squash Champion – Laura Massaro By Scarlett Smith

Just over two weeks ago Laura Massaro’s lifelong dream became a reality, the 30-year-old held her nerve in the deciding game of the World Squash Championship final to become the first English woman in fifteen years to be crowned World Champion.

The win also propelled the Preston based player into the history books as she became the first British woman to hold both the world title and British Open title simultaneously.

What followed was a whirlwind of media commitments including interviews with BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live and even being asked to lip-sync Take That on Blue Peter. Luckily the world no.2 was able to spare me a few minutes as I caught up with her at her home club in Chorley, Lancashire a few days after her momentous win in Penang.laura_massaro2

Click here to read Scarlett’s interview with Laura.

A brilliant day at the London Velodrome

Move over the corporate golf day… I was lucky enough to be one of the first people to ride at the London Velodrome before it opened to the public this month at an incredible corporate day with Microsoft. I’d definitely recommend it as a superb event for anyone looking to bring customers and employees together for team building and competition!

First thoughts on the venue were that it’s as impressive from the inside as outside.

Initial view of Velodrome

We were greeted with high quality branded cycle tops and a lovely breakfast which we enjoyed as we were briefed about the event by the organisers.

It was then down to the centre of the track where there was plenty to keep us busy while we waited for our turn, with exhibitions and activities including a Watt Bike Challenge, Kayak Challenge, free massage, a smoothie making bike and some stands from MIcrosoft’s technology partners.

Some massage pleaseMaking my smoothy

Once on our bikes we had a couple of laps to get used to the cycling with fixed wheel and no brakes (being told that if you stop pedaling you’ll fall off certainly focuses the mind) before it was time to get some speed up and move up onto the banking of the track.

I think my face here says it all as I waited to push off from the wall. I was really scared, but as the only woman with 49 men felt the need to be especially brave!

Anxious moments

Pleased to say that the excellent coaches did a brilliant job of helping us all maintain our power round the bends and even I managed to get up above the blue line on the banking after a few laps to build confidence.

Gaining speedAnd faster

It was then time for our time trial. First over one lap over 250 metres and then in pairs after lunch with each person completing 500 metres from a standing start.

Five, four, three, two, one...

I was lucky enough to be teamed with Loughborough Alumni friend Tim Cozze-Young, who had kindly invited me to take part in the event.

Team Loughborough AlumniThe big challenge

We didn’t win (!) but it was great fun to be cycling at speed in the Velodrome.

Lunchtime saw the arrival on the track of the ridiculously talented Jason Kenny.

Jason Kenny shows how it's doneStar struck

First he warmed up before demonstrating how real cyclists tackle two laps of the track. His incredible speed was all the more impressive to watch having just tried it ourselves.

Audience ask questionsQ and A

He then came down the centre of the track for a Q&A, before spending the rest of the afternoon with us, relaxed and chatting. What a completely lovely young man!

We all received signed photos

The final session of the afternoon was an ‘Australian Pursuit’. We were all a bit tired from the intensity of the time trials (and the adrenaline of worrying about falling over on the banking) and frankly I would have been happy to give this a miss… but I am so pleased I didn’t as it was possibly the best part of the day.

Six of you (or in my race four) all set off at the same time at equal distances from each other and if you catch the person in front they drop out – the winner being ‘the last man standing’. Well, what a ridiculously tough event. After a very, very painful 9 laps I was so relieved when they said we should stop. Just two of us were left and as I was catching the gentleman ahead of me I was declared the winner.  Happy girl.

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All in all a tremendous day.

Massive thanks to Microsoft for the opportunity to take part and please get in touch if you’d like more information about organising your own corporate day at the Velodrome.