IRIS @ the Great Manchester Run

By Sam Thomas | 31st May 2016 | 14 min read

On Sunday 22nd May, a team of IRIS employees braved the elements and joined 35,000+ runners to take part in the Great Manchester Run - the biggest of its kind in Europe.

Attired in our very own IRIS Marginal Gains sportswear (we’re all about the branded merch), the team divided up into two opposing groups - IRIS Red Team & IRIS Blue Team - with each group eager to run the fastest average combined time so as to earn office bragging rights for the next 12 months.

It was a close run thing (pun intended), but in the end IRIS Blue Team were the victors, averaging in at 55:36, just under three minutes faster than the Red Team’s 58:33.

We’d like to say a huge congratulations to everybody involved and, more importantly, offer our thanks to all who donated to their chosen charitable cause: The Christie.

The team have already raised more than £1,000 - twice as much as anticipated - so let’s see how much higher we can take the total. You can donate via this link.

Improving performance with Marginal Gains

In keeping with the marginal gains business philosophy that so many of our customers are now adopting, each employee predicted their own time based on a number of factors, e.g. previous run times, current fitness levels, conditions, etc., and then sought to improve upon those times on the day.

So who among our band of athletes made the marginal gains they desired?

Take a look below:

Matthew Elliott 57:00 54:58 02:02
Jon Oliver 43:00 41:05 01:55
Eliot Dempsey 55:00 54:10 00:50
Aaron Baughan 55:00 54:39 00:21

Impressive stuff. Well done again to the whole team on their achievements; next year will no doubt see further seconds shaved off their PBs.

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