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 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…
On 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.
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.
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’ 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!
Well done guys!
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.
Mensa candidates Matt Steggles, Vic Bekker and Billy Grant were natural choices to represent Girling Jones at a recent pub quiz at the Clifton Inn in Exeter.
Whilst the end result was a little disappointing the lads did manage to secure a 4th place finish in the construction round with an innovative and structurally sound newspaper tower!
Good effort chaps, better luck next time!
Another quarter and another charity event! On Sunday 19th October two of the Girling Jones team courageously ran the Exeter Great West Run. Through taking on this challenge, Simon Girling and Victor Bekker managed to raise a massive £1200 for the wonderful Children’s Hospice South West, the business’ sponsored charity. These 2 aspiring athletes managed to finish the half marathon in an impressive 2 hours and 3 minutes and considering the very minimal training, this was quite the achievement!
A huge thank you to all those who sponsored and a further thanks goes to all the supporters on the day, cheering Girling Jones over the finish line.
Well done Simon & Vic!
After a storming summer for Girling Jones, the team celebrated in style with a surprise summer bash on Friday 29th August. GJ were wined and dined at the luxurious 2 Michelin star Michael Caines restaurant, Gidleigh Park, in the heart of Dartmoor. It was a great chance for the team to celebrate GJ’s success over the past few months and the continual growth and expansion of the company. An awesome and eventful evening had by all. See above for some snaps of the team and the delicious nosh!
Last week, Fiona Strong and Matt Steggles of Girling Jones attended the RICS matrics Bristol & West Country Interprofessional Ball.
RICS matrics helps to build relationships and encourage links with businesses and other professions in order to share best practice and networking.
The evening included a 3 course meal, live band and a charity raffle. See below for some pics from the evening – reception sponsored by Girling Jones!