Banking and Finance

Four Oaks Financial Services sponsor Lichfield Half Marathon for two years

Four Oaks Financial Services Team – L-R: Nick Hepburn, Gemma Randle, Martin Ward, Charlotte Trueman and Nick Heath

Four Oaks Financial Services is a firm of financial advisers based in Lichfield and they will be the sole sponsor of the Lichfield Half Marathon for 2020 and 2021.  The 2020 event, which takes place on 10th May, marks the 10th anniversary of the race which is organised by KP Events, a professional sports management company.

The Lichfield Half Marathon is a firm favourite with local runners. There are over 1,500 people expected to run the scenic 13.1 miles of the 2020 course. Each will be wearing a timer chip for accurate personal times and the top three women and top three men will each receive trophies.  All the runners will receive a uniquely designed medal and goody bag.

Runners are invited to run for their own charity, or to run for one of the good causes supported by Four Oaks Financial Services.  The good causes are the local children’s charity Buddy Bag Foundation or to help Four Oaks raise the money to buy an ECG Heart Rate Monitor for Avon 3 Ward at Worcester Royal Infirmary.  The ECG machine has special significance following the death of George Chaplin the father-in-law of Four Oaks’ Managing Director. On the day George died he needed an ECG machine to check his heart. With only 3 in the entire hospital it took over an hour to locate a machine and get it to him, he died of heart failure.

“Many of the Four Oaks Financial Services team and family members, including me and my wife are already in training.” Says Martin Ward, Managing Director.  “We are taking both the running and the sponsorship of the event very seriously.  We want this to be the best Lichfield Half Marathon ever.  We’ve even consulted local runners to make sure that the medals are extra special, and the technical t-shirts are exactly what they need. KP Events will ensure the course is officially measured, there will be race chip timing, professional marshals and even a sports physio on hand.”

Four Oaks Financial Services is a local employer who advises on in excess of £100m of investments.  They have a holistic approach to financial planning called Lifestyle Financial Planning.  KP Events organise 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, extreme events and corporate sports events.