Marshall employees recognised for success in London Marathon


Mr Michael Marshall, CBE DL, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Marshall Group of Companies will be presenting cheques to Marshall employees who took part in the London Marathon this year in a small ceremony in front of the Marshall Head Office today (Thursday 11 June).

The fastest Company runner was Graham Moore, a Senior Manager with Marshall Aerospace, who was running his twelfth consecutive London Marathon and was running with the very low race number of 12. Graham completed the Marathon in 2 hours 50 minutes and 11 seconds. Other runners were Martin Rowe, who is 44 years old and lives in St Ives; Keith Parsison, David Utley, Emily Knight, Len Scrase, Mark Taggert and Shelley Lopez.

Each of the runners was running for their own particular charity* and Michael Marshall, on behalf of the Company, is presenting cheques to ‘top up’ the amounts raised for charity.

Mr Michael Marshall said: ‘We are very proud of employees who take part in a wide range of charitable and community events and we are particularly delighted that eight runners took part in the London Marathon this year, our Centenary Year, raising much need money for charities. We are delighted to provide a ‘top up’ to these funds from the Company’.

*Marshall's London Marathon Runners 2009

Graham Moore
Graham Moore, ran in his twelfth consecutive London Marathon this year with the very low race number of 12. He is our fastest runner and completed in a time of 2:50:11. He completed the 2004, 2005 and 2007 Marathons in less than three hours and last year was just over the magic barrier in 3.03 hours. In the past seven years he has run for the Bobby Moore Bowel Cancer Fund and in this period has raised over £11,500. This year he is aiming to exceed the £2,000 he raised last year.

Martin Rowe
Martin Rowe is 44 years old and lives in St Ives. He obtained an allocation for the London Marathon through his local running club, the Huntingdonshire Athletics Club. This was his first marathon and he has only been running seriously for a year. Martin was raising money for Alopecia UK.

Keith Parsison
Keith Parsison has worked for Marshall for 25 years in our Technical Publications Department where he is Chief Illustrator. He has been running for eight years and ran his first London Marathon in 2003. This was his fourth London Marathon and he also ran the Edinburgh Marathon in 2007. He too was running for Alopecia UK.

David Utley
David Utley works as a Technical Author in Marshall Aerospace Publications Department. He is 35 years old, married with three children and lives in Barrow just outside Bury St Edmunds. He has been running off and on for almost 20 years and this was his first London Marathon. David received a Silver Bond place to take part in the Marathon from Alopecia UK Ltd, for whom his was raising funds. Alopecia can be a devastating condition for those who have it. It is a hair loss condition amongst men, women and children. The hair loss is often sudden, random and frequently recurrent. Whilst it is not seemingly damaging to a person’s health, psychologically it is extremely damaging. The cause of Alopecia is not currently known although it is agreed to be a disease of the autoimmune system.

Emily Knight
Emily Knight is a Structural Design Engineer and, having worked in the Marshall Aerospace Design Office, now works with Marshall Solutions, the consulting arm of Marshall Aerospace. She has been running for three and a half years and during the last eighteen months has been a member of the Ely Runners Athletics Club. This was Emily’s first marathon and she completed in a time of 4:26:15. She was raising funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and MAGPAS, which have strong links to both Marshall and Ely Runners (as I am sure you know the East Anglian Air Ambulance is based here at Marshall Airport Cambridge). One of her close friends with Ely Runners is a first responder.

Len Scrase
Len Scrase works in the Customer Support Department of Marshall SV and this will be his fourth London Marathon.

Shelley Lopez
Shelley Lopez works for Marshall Business Aviation and her chosen charity was the Uttlesford Buffy Bus Association. Shelley completed the course in 3:27:07.

Mark Taggert
Mark worked for the Marshall Motor Group on a temporary basis until the end of April and was running for the NSPCC/Childline. He completed the Marathon in a time of 5:01.


For further information contact:

Group Support Executive
The Marshall Group of Companies
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Tel: 01223 373227 (Office)
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Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

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