MPA Group once again entered this year’s Squeaky Bone Relay which took place on Sunday September 30th, hosted by Olney Runners. The race was open to all ability levels with a team of 4 running either a 3.5 or 2.3-mile route. This year we entered 3 teams into the longer 3.5-mile.
This year the Squeaky Bone Race was celebrating its 10th year. Since its inception in 2008, the Squeaky Bone Relay Race has grown from 15 teams to over 150 teams; the success has come as a result of the fantastic volunteer effort receive each year. The runners carry a squeaky bone rather than a traditional relay baton. This recognises Olney’s history for lace making, where the poor would use bone bobbins to keep them from ending up in the workhouses. The name of the race comes from the lace makers using the bone bobbins to “squeak by” on their limited income.
The race itself was very competitive with lots of running clubs from the local area, such as Bedford Harriers, competing against Olney Runners and non-affiliated teams. On the day team ‘Bone Idle’ of Bedford Harriers emerged victories with a time of 1:25:16 in the relay. Our teams did very well with ‘Team Deuy’ coming a very respectable 27th with a finishing time of 1:50:20. ‘Team Huey’ came 63rd (2:03:29) with ‘Team Looey’ 87th (2:11:23). Individually, Analyst Davide Di Maio led the way with a very impressive time of 24:40 followed by Marketing Services Support Harvey Featherstone with a time of 27:29 placing 21st and 24th respectively in the individual standings from over 400 runners. Most importantly everyone had a great time and the local community was brought together with plenty of people coming to support those running. Additionally, there were cake and beverage sales with all proceeds going to local charities.
MPA are proud of our active contribution to the local community. We also sponsor one of the flowerbeds in Olney which helps to keep the town in full colour throughout the year. We also fund the work of local healthcare professional, Sue Levitt, at Cobbs Garden Surgery in Olney. Sue’s day to day work varies, from coordinating patient’s everyday medical needs, to organising household tasks or just being someone to go in and have a cup of tea and a chat with. The work Sue does is important and to some of her patients it is the best part of their day. It’s a vital way for them to feel part of the outside world, with Sue becoming just as much of a friend as well as a healthcare provider.
MPA would like to congratulate our runners who took part and IT Services Manager Helen Oliver for all the hard work she put into organising our teams before and during the race. We would also like to thank Olney Runners for organising such a great event for the community. Full results of the race can be found at Results Base.