PHS Group Races to Victory in National Forest 10k

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A team of more than 50 PHS employees successfully completed the National Forest 10k run this month in an effort to raise £10,000 for children’s hospice charity Together for Short Lives.

PHS Running for 50 years

PHS Running for 50 years

With PHS recently celebrating 50 years in business, it made sense to link the annual 10k run with our birthday and get 50 runners fundraising for our charity partner.

On Sunday 15th September, over 50 employees from across the PHS Group dusted off their trainers to take part in the National Forest 10k run, as part of a wider fundraising effort within the company.

Runners travelled from all over the UK to take part in the event, including Glasgow, South Wales, Kent and Sussex. Ranging in age and experience, the PHS team was made up of a mix of seasoned runners and complete beginners.

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the team has pledged to raise £10,000 for official charity partner Together for Short Lives, a leading UK charity for all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions.

PHS Direct, the workplace consumables division of the Group, has always had a team at the National Forest 10k run since its inauguration in 2010, and was delighted to see people from all other areas of PHS take part.

James Clark, Managing Director of PHS Direct, said: “PHS Direct already supports the National Forest by making a donation for every box of paper sold, and through this has planted around 20,000 trees in the forest.

“With PHS recently celebrating 50 years in business, it made sense to link the annual 10k run with our birthday and get 50 runners fundraising for our charity partner.

“In the end, the idea was so well received across the Group that we managed to form a team of 51 people from all areas of PHS, who each wore a branded shirt raising the profile of Together for Short Lives.”

Covering 6.21 miles, the scenic 10k run travelled through mature and young woodland planted as part of the National Forest. Among the runners were some notable faces, including James Clark himself, Technical Director Mike Johns, and Training Director Chris Lodge.

Fastest of the male PHS employees was Gareth Lawrence from the IT department, who came in 14th place overall with an impressive time of 39:52. The fastest woman was Caz Posser, also from the IT department, who completed the run in 51:23.

If you want to help the PHS team meet their fundraising target of £10,000, the sponsorship link is:


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About PHS
The PHS Group is a leading workplace services provider, and has traded in the UK since 1963. It has a diverse service portfolio aimed at improving work and leisure spaces, while making life much easier for facilities, building and people managers.

PHS really does ‘do more than you think’, providing products and services for:

  •     Crate rental and packaging
  •     Interior and exterior planting
  •     Laundry equipment and workwear
  •     Matting and flooring
  •     Records storage and management
  •     Shredding and recycling
  •     Testing and compliance
  •     Washrooms
  •     Waste management
  •     Water machines
  •     Workplace consumables

PHS provides these direct to UK companies, and also operates as a tier one supplier to the facilities management market, supporting the integrated service propositions of most of the major FMs.

The PHS Group’s annual turnover for the year ending March 2012 was £422 million. It employs around 5,000 personnel, operates from a wide network of 153 regional service branches, and takes care of over 250,000 customers at over 450,000 locations in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Belgium and Spain.

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