HOMS ‘Fittest Company Challenge’ Winners Announced

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Large Company Category, Winner, Regeneron with George Kennedy, Dr. Sinead Kane and Robert Bourke at the trophy presentations at the HOMS offices, Henry Street, Limerick. (Pic: Oisin McHugh, True Media)

The 2018 winners of the Holmes O’Malley Sexton (HOMS Solicitors) Fittest Company Challenge were presented with their trophies at a prize-giving event at HOMS’ offices in Limerick on Thursday 24th May 2018.

HOMS Solicitors sponsor the Fittest Company Challenge (HOMSFCC) as part of the 2018 Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run event, which took place on Sunday 6th May 2018.

Prizes were presented to the participating companies by Dr. Sinead Kane, a woman for whom the words ‘can’t’, ‘impossible’ and even ‘pain’ seem to have no meaning. Sinead is a double Guinness World Record Holder. In 2018 she broke the Guinness World Record for the furthest distance travelled by a female on a treadmill in 12 hours and she is also the first Irish female to win the world marathon challenge. In 2017, within the space of three months, Sinead was awarded two PhD doctorates. She is a qualified solicitor and mediator. These achievements are even more incredible when one realises that Sinead is also legally blind. Sinead spoke to the award winning companies about resilience and the need for physical, mental and emotional energy in order to achieve one’s goals.  She also said,

“For me, it’s the people who are the unsung heroes. The people who do voluntary work on voluntary basis, who are out there in the world, changing people’s lives. Even by sponsoring this event today, HOMS are changing people’s lives.”

This year, over 2000 employees from more than 115 companies of various sizes registered and took part in the HOMSFCC. Companies are categorised according to employee numbers with points allocated per employee that cross the finishing line.

Regeneron walked away with two prizes on the evening; for overall winner of the fittest large company in Ireland and as winners of the inaugural 9 Week Challenge. Materion won the fittest small company in Ireland with Height for Hire Limerick winning the fittest company with 10 employees or less.

Speaking of the sponsorship of the HOMSFCC, Harry Fehily, HOMS Managing Partner said,

“We are very proud to be sponsoring this event for the fifth year in a row. The Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run is a fantastic event for Limerick and we are happy to be associated with this competition that promotes healthy employee lifestyles and also is a great team building exercise. HOMS Solicitors also had a team of runners entered in the challenge which engendered a great sense of friendly rivalry within the firm over the last few weeks and months.”

John Cleary, Director, Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run, commented,

“There is a reason the event is not called the Bon Secours Great Limerick “Marathon”.  The event is all about encouraging individuals to compete and achieve their personal goals. This HOMSFCC brings another dimension to our event which is one of the largest participatory events in the country and the Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run team wish to congratulate all those companies who embraced the competition.”

Well done to all who took part and congratulations to the winners.

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