Nottingham Post Corporate Challenge: an interview with Paul Rogers and Alicia Rudzka

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Associate director Paul Rogers has been training hard and, having saved a baby rabbit on a recent run, he's feeling ready for anything the corporate challenge throws at him. Meanwhile, marketing manager Alicia Rudzka just hopes to complete 13.2 miles before it gets dark!

Paul Rogers

Q. Are you a regular runner?

A. Yes.


Q. How are you honing your training?

A. I've been running two one-hour runs during the week and one two-hour run at the weekend in preparation. I also saved a baby rabbit this week while out running, which was sat in the road stunned.


Q. Have you got any personal goals to beat?

A. As a naturally slow runner who rarely runs further than five miles, I’ve set myself a target of running it in less than two hours.


Q. Why have you entered the Corporate Challenge?

A. I was considering making an individual entrance to the race, having run it once before in 2005, but was lacking the motivation. The corporate challenge and support of colleagues who are also training has helped me to apply myself and raise my target of simply completing the run, to completing it in a good personal time.

Alicia Rudzka

Q. Are you a regular runner?

A. Sort of. I alternate running with other exercise and weightlifting. If I’m training for a race, I try to run more often.


Q. How are you honing your training?

A. I’ve been to a specialist running workshop to try to improve my technique (which is shocking; my son-in-law tells me I look like I’m running backwards!) and I’m getting loads of support from a running coach. I’m also trying (and mostly failing) to eat clean (no sugar or processed food).


Q. Have you got any personal goals to beat?

A. I just want to get to the finish line, in one piece and before it gets dark. I have never, ever run that far in my entire life. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve even walked that far without stopping for a pint.


Q. Why have you entered the Corporate Challenge?

A. I think I entered while the balance of my mind was disturbed. But it’s all in a good cause and will add to our fundraising total for Alzheimer’s Society.


The funds raised by the Innes England team will be donated to Alzheimer’s Society – our company charity of the year for whom we've have already raised more than £3,000. To donate to the team please visit our Just Giving page