8 Aug 14

Hinkley employees raise thousands for charity in annual fun run

Sixty-four competitors from the three sites at Hinkley Point turned out after work in July to compete in the annual fun run raising thousands of pounds for cancer charities.

Employees and contract partners from Magnox’s Hinkley Point A and EDF Energy’s B and C sites put on their running shoes to tackle the 6.8 mile route from Hinkley Point to the nearby village of Cannington.

Runners were raising funds for the companies’ two chosen charities; Magnox for SURE – the Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy which raises funds for new radiotherapy equipment for the Beacon Ward at Musgrove Park Hospital and EDF Energy for Marie Curie Cancer Care providing care for people with terminal illnesses.

The fastest male runner to cross the finish line was Steve Gentle, safety case engineer at Hinkley Point A, who completed the course in 40 minutes and 42 seconds. The fastest female runner was Nicola Uminski, Hinkley Point B entrant, with a time of 52 minutes and 23 seconds. The veteran’s prize was awarded to David Eccles, head of communications for Hinkley Point C, with a time of 51 minutes and 19 seconds.

As tradition dictates, a prize was also awarded for best fancy dress, with Peter Evans, acting station director of Hinkley Point B, receiving the prize for dressing as Zingy – the popular character from EDF Energy’s television adverts.

Volunteers from all three sites were on hand to marshal the route, keep times and provide water to participants on what was a very warm July day.

The origins of the first run date back to the 1980s and following a re-launch in 2004 it has been a popular annual event.

Lee Talbot, site director of Hinkley Point A, said: “This year’s run was a great success with a good turnout from all three sites. It always proves to be a good opportunity for workers from the different organisations to join together.”

Peter Evans, acting station director, Hinkley Point B, said: “It is fantastic to raise so much money for our chosen charities and credit must go to everyone who participated – as well as the organisers.”

Nigel Cann, site construction director for Hinkley Point C, said: “As the construction project at Hinkley Point C progresses I hope the run will grow to raise even more for worthy causes.”