McKenzie Associates Finish Second in The Sussex Beacon Corporate Relay / by Matt Rigby

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Not only are we passionate about celebrities, but we're also passionate about running and fundraising. The team from McKenzie Associates achieved their best ever result at The Grand Brighton Half Marathon Corporate Relay. With fierce competition from other teams such as British Airways i360 and The Brighton Academy, McKenzie Associates came a magnificent second overall. From left to right, our team comprised of Paul, Lukas, Gus, Danilo, and Lloyd. 

With the results in, McKenzie Associates were only beaten by The Focus Group, a team comprised of extremely keen runners, and a company who has over 300 employees. At McKenzie Associates, we have a slight size disadvantage, as our entire team is comprised of only 9 (soon to be 10) people. The Focus Group lead the way quite significantly, with a time of 01:26:28, whereas McKenzie finished with a time of 01:43:22.

McKenzie Associates finished the same event in 2017 fifth overall, and with a time of 01:57:59. We are extremely pleased to have moved on to the podium for 2018, and slashed our overall time by almost 15 minutes. Our small team is aiming high, and next year we hope to finish in an even quicker time.

McKenzie Associates were also involved in organising some entertainment for the event, as one of our managed acts ‘The Sundaes’ performed outside The Grand Hotel. We also organised to have people on stilts at the start/finish line greeting the entrants of the Kids Mini-Mile. Overall, the day was a roaring success, as well as a success for McKenzie Associates’ involvement. We look forward to being involved again for 2019.

Competition and business aside, the reason behind organising The Grand Brighton Half Marathon is to raise money for The Sussex Beacon, a magnificent local charity in Brighton that helps men, women, and families living with HIV. McKenzie associates also came second in the fundraising competition, raising a fantastic £925, only bettered by The Focus Group.

McKenzie will return to The Grand Brighton Half Marathon next year, and will once again book a place in The Sussex Beacon Corporate Relay. We hope to out-do ourselves both in terms of overall time and fundraising amount, as The Sussex Beacon is such a wonderful cause. See you on the start line next year!