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Learning Pool joins Grant Thornton Runways Run

Award winning software firm, Learning Pool, which is headquartered in the north-west, is among the latest companies to sign up for the 2018 Grant Thornton Runway Run.

Taking place at George Best Belfast City Airport, the 5k team race will once again see 600 runners from businesses across all sectors taking to the runway at 11.00pm on Thursday 21 June.It is the first time a team from Learning Pool, which provides e-learning solutions globally to over 1.8 million learners and 500 clients including the Houses of Parliament, Next and Royal Bank of Canada, has entered the event.

Richard Gillan, Managing Partner of Grant Thornton in Northern Ireland, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Learning Pool on board for this year’s event, as one of many firms making their debut in the Runway Run.

“Their participation is a reminder that the race is not just for teams in the greater Belfast area and we have been heartened to see the widening appeal of the Runway Run to businesses across Northern Ireland from the north-west, to Belfast, into mid-Ulster and beyond.

“The fact that each year we see new businesses entering the race, while countless others now consider it part of their annual calendar, shows how the Runway Run really has captured the imagination of firms.”

Operating from four offices in Derry, Belfast, Nottingham and Brighton, Learning Pool employs more than 125 employees in the UK. It was included in the 2017 Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For and recently received a Gold Investors in People accreditation in recognition of its high standards of business and people management.

Louise McElvaney, Director of People and Performance at Learning Pool, added:

“We are delighted to be entering a team in the Grant Thornton Runway Run for the very first time. We’ve heard from previous entrants about the positive, fun experience enjoyed by their employees.

“It forms part of our Corporate Social Responsibility programme which includes an active calendar of events including a recent Give and Gain Day where a team of employees volunteered at a local country park to help with the upkeep of the grounds.

 “We are also planning several other events including taking part in World Blood Donor Day next month.”

The race is open to all businesses and organisations, who are invited to enter a team of four, in one or more of three categories – male, female and mixed. Prizes will be awarded in each category, with team members’ finishing times combined to determine the winner. Grant Thornton has this year chosen the Simon Community as the charity to benefit from the Runway Run.Meanwhile, radio presenter Pete Snodden has come on board to provide commentary on the race, while each participant will also receive a commemorative medal for taking part.

Spaces are filling up faster than ever, so teams wishing to enter should do as quickly as possible.To register for the 2018 Grant Thornton Runway Run and to view full terms and conditions, please visit . All updates will also be posted on Grant Thornton’s Twitter account - @GrantThorntonNI – and under #GTRunwayRun