Mammoth marathon effort raises £22,500 for Research Autism

News Release Date: 14 July 2011

Even a broken ankle didn't stop the runners at Human Recognition Systems (HRS) when just two weeks before the Edinburgh Marathon one member from the relay team had to sadly drop out.

The team of eight became the magnificent seven with one member running the entire marathon and the remaining six becoming the relay team to complete the 26.2 mile circuit, which started in Holyrood Park passing Leith Links, Portobello Promenade and finishing in Musselburgh.

On the back of the team's efforts an impressive £22,500 has been generated for Research Autism - the company's chosen charity from last financial year's corporate social esponsibility programme.

Deepa Korea, chief executive at Research Autism said:

"Research Autism is absolutely delighted that staff from Human Recognition Systems have raised £22,500 by running the Edinburgh Marathon for the charity. This money raised will make a significant contribution to Research Autism's ability to fund vital research into treatment and therapies that improve the quality of life of people with autism and their families.

"We are extremely grateful for the generosity and support of Human Recognition Systems in helping us to make a difference to the lives of thousands of people with autism."

"Research Autism is an important charity that HRS was pleased to support as part of our corporate social responsibility programme,"said Neil Norman, chief executive at HRS.

"It's the only charity that explores interventions for autism rather than its causes, which is essential because so little is known about this condition even now,"he continued. "Their goal to improve the quality of life and outlook for those affected and those around them is one we all admire."

Through the regular training, which the company has supported as part of its well-being strategy the company's runners are now fitter than ever - and some are even carrying on. Gareth Kellett ran the entire marathon and continues his training daily.

"Completing the course was a huge personal achievement for me and the overwhelming sense of pride will stay with me for a very long time,"said Gareth, assistant engineer at HRS.

"Now that we've generated £22,500 I feel that all the hard work and training has paid off." said Gareth, an installation assistant at HRS. "I have run for a long time but this was my first attempt at the marathon distance. I really appreciate all the support that HRS gave to me - even wanting to train on my lunch break wasn't an issue."

The company's marathon organiser and HRS people assistant, Jo Branney, was the member who had to drop out after breaking her ankle.

"Despite the huge disappointment of not being able to run I'm still really proud of the team because between them they managed to cover my mileage, which was tough because it meant everyone had to run quite a lot further than they'd trained for,"said Jo.

"We'll be looking to do something similar again soon and we'll be having internal talks about which charity should receive our support in our coming financial year."


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Notes to editors:


Bernard Fleming, Information Manager, Tel. 020 3490 3091, email info@researchautism.net

Research Autism


Research Autism is the only UK charity dedicated to the production of quality, trusted information on autism treatments and other approaches. Its Information Centre is informed by world experts and accredited by the NHS Information Standard, an independent kite-mark of reliability and quality. It guides people through the minefield of interventions on offer, allowing them to make informed decisions based on impartial, factual information, including risks and hazards. Its research programme is derived from the priorities of autistic people and families and addresses areas that affect everyday life. 


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Human Recognition Systems (HRS) is the UK's market leader in biometrics and human behaviour analytic technology, developing and delivering innovative products to resolve clients' challenges with identity management. HRS operates in aviation, civil and government, energy and mining and construction helping clients to manage operational challenges in security; access control; people flow; identity verification; monitoring behaviours and policy enforcement; health and safety and construction skills certification scheme (CSCS).

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