World of Hoare Lea.
Us being awesome.

Lunchtime fitness.

The Glasgow office has set up a lunchtime running club. They’re taking a break from their desks and running for 30 minutes in the afternoon to increase wellbeing and fitness.

Ten pin(t) Tuesdays.

‘Ten Pin Tuesdays’ meant half-price bowling lanes and drinks for the Oxbridge office. After a tense two games and lots of strikes, Jack Greenard was crowned champion and everyone celebrated with margaritas and fajitas. Lesson learned – going out on a Tuesday night is not a good idea!

International Ultimate Frisbee superstar.

Saskia Kantorowicz from our Bristol office and her Ultimate Frisbee team ‘Nice Bristols’ won the UK championship this year, comfortably beating long-time rivals ‘Iceni’ in the final. She then travelled to Poland earlier this month to compete in the European Championship, after already going to Cincinnati earlier this year for the World Championships.

Axe wielding maniacs.

Our Manchester office had a rather alternative social, in the form of axe throwing. Coincidentally, a number of positions have recently opened up in the Manchester office; contact HR for more details (quick reflexes are a must).

London softies.

In contrast to Manchester, the London office socials have involved less dangerous activities, with everything from softball competitions, T20 cricket visits, and sketching meet-ups.

Radio, someone still loves you.

Fred Ingram brought his community radio skills to bear, helping out at an event for a charity called Community Apprentice. Groups of young people compete to develop social change projects, with the winner being the team that makes the most impact.

Fred – who has a weekly show on Bristol’s BCFM – was dishing out advice on how teams could get an interview on the radio, as well as tips for how to prepare. In the unlikely event that you want to hear Fred do his thing, you can catch his show online every Wednesday evening.

Goodwood comes to those who wait.

As part of the recently appointed design team for the redevelopment of the Goodwood Hotel, Andy Peggram and Iain Hughes spent a day with Goodwood’s operations team, witnessing first-hand the organisation and work that goes into such an event and how the hotel’s routine is interlinked with this. They rounded the day off with front-row seats at the prestigious Kinrara Trophy Race, with a line-up of cars valued at £200M!

Whiskey on the rocks.

Paulie Roche completed the 42k Patagonian Marathon earlier this month, coming 24th in his age bracket. He finished this with a whiskey with ice freshly hacked from the Perito Moreno glacier. It was cold.

Lending a hand(cycle) to charity.

Inspired by the Tour de Yorkshire, Jason Richards formed part of a team with S+SA Architects who undertook a 50k bike ride to raise funds for Harrogate-based charity Disability Action Yorkshire (DAY). This was one of two bike rides organised, with a target of raising £10,000 for the charity. DAY supports disabled people in achieving their life aspirations, whatever they may be.

The team met for a photo shoot with ex England goalkeeper Nigel Martyn, who is an advocate of DAY, before setting off on their intrepid journey. You can read more about the event and found out how Jason did on his blog.

Tri for life.

Once again, triathletes descended on Woburn Abbey for a weekend of sporting challenge and charity fundraising. This year’s Tri for Life funds went to Great Ormond Street Hospital and Melanoma Focus. We’ve been sending athletes since 2011, raising a huge amount over the years. There was an amazing effort this year, with those involved racking up £4,325 (incl Gift Aid). If you add that to our running total, we’ve raised more than £46,000!

Fundraising efforts were numerous and varied. They included a quiz, a world cup sweepstake, charity coffee events, book sales and Kevin Luckhurst was even selling prints of his own photography.

Congratulations to the whole Hoare Lea team:

Emily Dawson, Zyg Kadziulis, Callum Franck, Ashley Bateson, Max Bateson, Kevin Luckhurst, Catriona Reid, Phil Kelly, Jack Tinsley, Patrick Gifford, Ivor Oatway, Nick Downing, Hugo Courtney, Zoe Dolan, Kyle Gray, Jennifer Pugh, Roger Macklin, Nick Ford, Carlos Gonzalez, Adrian Peacock, Tim Rathbone, Matthew Warner and Karl Wallasch.

A marathon of two halves.

Nathalia Harris in the Marketing team recently completed the Bournemouth half marathon, exactly two weeks after completing the Bristol half marathon. Nat is running to raise money and awareness of M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), inspired by her friend Caroline who has been homebound for the last two years after a severe relapse of the illness. You can find out more and lend support here.

Macmillan – world’s biggest coffee morning.

Our Oxbridge, Glasgow, and Cardiff offices all held their own Macmillan coffee mornings and were overwhelmed by the efforts people went to bake for charity. Altogether they raised around £850 – James Mackenzie-Burrows even made HL branded tiramisu! Editor’s note: The Marketing team has agreed that logo tiramisus are definitely ‘on brand’.

The London office also hosted a bake sale, but decided to send funds (£230) to ‘Step with Kyra’, to help a seven year old get life changing surgery as she has a rare birth defect called Proximal Focal Femoral Deficiency.