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AGR runs round the world and then some

Published: 31.10.12

Staff from AGR have run the circumference of Earth in aid of the charity Doctors Without Borders.

Just nine months ago AGR’s CEO Sverre Skogen launched the company’s latest staff campaign - AGR Run the World.

This challenged its offices to run or walk the circumference of the world throughout 2012 – 24,901.55 miles – in aid of international charity, Doctors Without Borders.

And two months ahead of the deadline, AGR has smashed the target by more than 500 miles, reaching an impressive 24,901.55 miles (plus 500 miles, = 25,401.55 miles).

Sverre commented: “As an international oil and gas services and technology company, we continually have to push boundaries and better ourselves so Run the World seemed to be a fitting campaign. It has not only united our staff but allowed us to achieve something amazing during what has undoubtedly been an inspiring year for international sport.

“Not many companies can say they have collectively travelled round the world by foot, and then some, so I’m extremely proud that we came together to reach this goal and I would like to thank and congratulate all AGR personnel for remaining motivated throughout.”

Sverre, who successfully predicted the dedication of his staff would allow them to beat the target, however, is encouraging his staff to keep going in order to see how many miles they can eventually cover by the end of the year.

One member of staff who has been dedicated to the cause is Aberdeen-based Senior Petroleum Engineer, Jonathan Bellarby, who has racked up the greatest distance with over 1,500 miles.

His determination saw him take on a gruelling 100 mile race along the River Thames earlier this year. The ‘Thames Path 100’ takes participants from the Richmond to Oxford. Well-known for extreme endeavours on his feet, Jonathan beat his target finish-time of 24 hours, completing the course in 23:30 hours.

Jonathan added: “This campaign has been brilliant for all of us, really motivating us to take up new leisure activities or simply do that bit more in order to achieve something great collectively.

“I travel extensively with my work through AGR and take the opportunity to run wherever I can. In the last year, I’ve run in 15 different countries with hill running in Alaska and marathons in Texas and Amsterdam for example.

“The Run the World team has been great and I’ve loved sharing runs and comments with colleagues as we track and record our miles and see how people contribute to our success.”

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