Hinkley Point Fun Run raises thousands for charities
60 competitors from Magnox’s Hinkley Point A and EDF Energy’s B and C sites, along with contract partners donned running shoes to complete the 6.8 miles to the nearby village of Cannington.
Over £9,000 was raised and will be shared between Elliot's Touch Fund, Children's Hospice South West, Marie Curie and The Gurkha Welfare Trust.
This year's race was formally started by Maureen Hudson, the wife of former employee George Hudson who organised the very first Hinkley Point fun run back in the late 1970s and the event has been a regular feature on the Hinkley calendar ever since.
Volunteers from all three sites were on hand to help marshal the route, keep times and provide encouragement and water to keep participants going. The runners were cheered over the finishing line by family members and colleagues, before a much deserved refreshing drink at the Friendly Spirit pub.
The fastest male runner to cross the finish line was Dan Talbot, a shift manager from Hinkley Point B, who completed the course in just over 39 minutes. The fastest female runner was Nicola Robertson, a contract partner from Hinkley Point C, with a time of 57 minutes and 39 seconds. The veteran’s prize was awarded to Cyril Pidgen, an independent nuclear assurance engineer from Hinkley Point B.
As tradition dictates, a prize was also awarded for best fancy dress, with Peter Evans, station director of Hinkley Point B, receiving the prestigious accolade. Peter’s rabbit costume was based on the favourite toy of Elliot Stevens, the son of Hinkley Point B worker, Paul Stevens and his wife Donna, who tragically died of Cardiomyopathy in March 2015 and in whose memory the Elliot's Touch Fund has been set up.
Ron Schroder, site director of Hinkley Point A, said: “This was my first year competing in the event and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. There was a good turnout from all three sites and it's wonderful to see we have raised so much money for charity."
Peter Evans, station director, Hinkley Point B, said: “It was a really successful event and I would like to thank the team who organised the fun run. It always proves to be a good opportunity for workers from the different organisations to join together and support good causes along the way."
Nigel Cann, site construction director for Hinkley Point C, said: “Well done to everyone who was involved with this year's fun run. As the construction project at Hinkley Point C progresses I hope the run will go from strength to strength to raise even more in future years.”
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EDF Energy in the South West
In the South West EDF Energy employs around 4,000 people across three key sites; at Hinkley Point in Somerset, at Barnwood, near Gloucester, and at Exeter. We operate Hinkley Point B power station, which employs around 550 staff and 220 contract partners. A new nuclear power station, capable of supplying around 5 million homes, is planned at Hinkley Point, subject to a final investment decision. We have an operational support centre at Barnwood, while Exeter is home to one of EDF Energy’s three UK-based call centres. As well as currently generating enough power for some 1.5 million homes in this region, EDF Energy also provides gas and electricity to 610,000 customers with over 20% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for the Ministry of Defence, Tesco Stores Limited, Morrisons and Everything Everywhere, right here in the South West.