The GJ Half Marathon…

Barely even a month has passed since some members of the GJ team tested their wills and pushed their bodies to the limits during the infamous 15km obstacle course, Rock Solid.

A few members decided that wasn’t enough as a stand alone event.

A few members wanted more…

On a gloriously sunny, Sunday morning in March, Victor and Fiona took to the streets of Plymouth for a gruelling 13 mile run over hills, dips, bends and a path of solid concrete.

Just over two hours of sweat, joint pain, leg spasms, tears and blood blisters, both our competitors succeeded in passing the finish line in one piece… (Just about)

Congratulations to both Victor and Fiona for surviving the race and raising just over £1500 for Childrens Hospice South West

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2 events down… Many more to go…

 

Record Breaking Figures for Girling Jones

Girling Jones Ltd have had a fantastic start to 2015, posting their best ever quarter since the business began in 2010.

A stellar effort from all the team and great signs for the economy and the construction and property sector in the South West.

Well done to all the team and here’s to an even bigger quarter two!

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GJ are officially, ROCK SOLID!

The GJ crew enthusiastically took part in the challenging OCR (Obstacle Course Running) event, “Rock Solid” at Escot Park on Saturday 21st March.

 The 7 unfit, inexperienced and somewhat ailing competitors began the day with a naïve outlook on the day ahead, assuming nothing but a gentle jog through a park, couple of climbing frames in the woods, thinking nothing but the best from the youngest of the national OCR events.

How wrong they were…

The initial warning sign, (aside from the endless stream of physically fit specimens dressed in muscle hugging lyrca and spandex) was the group warm-up which was run by a marine… The 7 of us were mentally done before the race had begun!

3 hours…

3 hours of treacherous obstacles; metre deep swamps of mud; leaps of faith across what looked like caverns; strategically planned foot placements across deep, muddy ditches; swimming in below freezing, muddy water under a web of barbed wire; gruelling jogs, runs, lifts across all kinds of environmental hazards including a quick dunk in a skip full of ice!

 More importantly, above all else, above the blood, sweat, grazes, joint pain, tears and perforated ear drums, each member of the GJ Rock Solid team completed the full 15km event.

All in the name of Children’s Hospice South West.

Here is to the next event…

Matt Steggles ties the knot!

Pic 1Pic 2On the 20th December 2014 the “Peoples Champ” Matt Steggles finally made an honest woman of his partner Sarah and they got married.

The Girling Jones team descended on the evening and made sure the shots started early and the dance floor was full.

Congratulations from all the team and the best of luck in your future together.

Girling Jones Christmas Party

To celebrate the end of another successful year, the Girling Jones team celebrated with Christmas Jumpers, Three Course Meal’s and Festive Drinks! The Magdalen Chapter Hotel in Exeter provided a fantastic setting to toast to a year of hard work and welcome the newest editions of the GJ family.

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The ‘Master of Ceremonies’ (a soon to be married) Matt Steggles lead the proceedings throughout the Christmas bash, inviting each team member to say a few words about the company and their highs of 2014. Everyone spoke admirably and the evening was continued into the early hours in the newly opened Samuel Jones, where all enjoyed Christmas shots and a festive sing song!

Bring on 2015

Girling Jones ‘Quarter 3 Incentive Winners’

Girling Jones ‘Quarter 3 Incentive Winners’ Vic Bekker and Amber Discombe were treated to a well deserved track day at the historic Thruxton Race Circuit in Hampshire.

Vic and Amber spent the day testing their racing skills in a number of high performance sports cars including a Porsche Cayman, Ferrari 458 and a Formula 3 single seat racer.

The day was a huge success with Amber proving to be a natural behind the wheel, much to the annoyance of Vic!

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Girling Jones ‘Bright Spark’ Winner

Girling Jones ‘Bright Spark’ Michelle Millard was presented with a well deserved bottle of champagne following a recent brainstorming session in the GJ office.

Michelle’s marketing acumen shone through and impressed GJ Director Simon Girling making her the obvious winner of a bottle of bubbly.

Congratulations Michelle! MM