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B2B Systems announce British star's intention to run

Another local company has announced it is to get involved in supporting the AMP International Half Marathon.

B2B Systems Ltd are based in Market Deeping and specialise in business efficiency software that exploits the benefits of the Internet. 

B2B Systems Ltd are to sponsor the 'Veteran's Challenge' and are providing support for all age categories, from vet 35 for women to vet 40 for men. Additionally, they have agreed to lay the challenge for leading British Road-Runner, Paul Evans. Paul, who recently turned 40, has represented Great Britain since 1988 and is the current UK and European Veteran Record holder with a time of 63 minutes and 15 seconds. Paul also hold the UK's best times for 5 miles and the half marathon, with a time of 60.09! 

Evans who was the highest UK finisher in this years Great North Run, said: "It was great news to see such a major event taking place in East Anglia."


Paul Evans, the B2B Systems team with the cheque ready for the Veterans Challenge

Should the UK and European Veterans Record fall, B2B Systems have pledged 1,000 as part of their Veteran Challenge Sponsorship. Antony Gauci, Sales and Marketing Director, said: "B2B Systems are proud to be able to support the event through our sponsorship of the Veterans Challenge.

"As a new and fast developing local software company, we are keen to be involved in community activities that encourage fitness through running. Our team will be participating with a great sense of achievement to raise money for charity."

Joining Paul will be many of the leading Veterans, including Wendy Reeson, Mike Barnsdale and Great Britain Veteran representative, Stan Owen. 48-year-old, Stamford based, Owen ran in the 1999 World Vet Half Marathon Championships in Spain and clocked a time of 73 minutes.

Mike Barnsdale, who has supported the idea of the race for some time, said: "The AMP International Race will be a great boost for the city. It will be beneficial to the whole community from those getting a 'health kick' to those raising thousands for charity."

Barnsdale, a member of local club, Nene Valley Harriers, also commented that: "Many of my club's members are training hard for the event."

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