For two of the team, Mark Butler and Jonathan Hendry, the run marked the end of the first phase of one of the longest individual projects which the partnership has tackled – the rebuild of Dogpool Lane bridge in Stirchley.
The pair both work on site on Dogpool Lane and in the run up to the half marathon, their efforts were scripted in the Dogpool Lane blog, which keeps residents and other members of the public up-to-date on the works in the area. After much competitive chat pre-race, both Mark and Jonathan were delighted to complete the run within their estimated times.
But no sooner had the roads across the city, including Dogpool Lane, been reopened following the race, than Mark, Jonathan and their colleagues were busy getting the traffic management arrangements in place for phase two of the work – the road closure which is set to last for 30 weeks.
The closure is now in place although pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to use the route, over the temporary footbridge which has been installed. The new bridge will be will be better suited to the modern levels of traffic which uses Dogpool Lane.
Mike Notman (pictured), Project Director for the Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management Service also ran the half marathon and clocked a time of 01:48:18. He was joined by thirteen other employees who braved the winter elements for the 13.1 mile run around the city’s iconic landmarks including Rob Emmerson who was the fastest of the group in 01:41:16.
The team has raised almost £2,000 so far. A mixture of experiences and abilities provided a varied Amey group from regular marathon runners to recreational and even first time runners - one employee attempted their very first run with success and is said to be treating it as a stepping stone to the London marathon they are due to run next year.
Mike said: “Amey are here in Birmingham for 25 years and we want to help support Birmingham charities and causes wherever possible. It made sense to concentrate all of employees’ efforts in one place and we are delighted to have raised as much as £2,000 for the Children’s Hospital through participation in an event which really puts the city on the map.”
“All runners have done extremely well to take part and succeed, as well as raise money for charity. Thanks to everyone who ran, supported and sponsored us!”