Two titans of recruitment go head-to-head for charity

Gattaca CEO Brian Wilkinson at JP Morgan Race 2017

Two of recruitment’s established names, Brian Wilkinson, CEO Gattaca and Tony Goodwin, CEO Antal, have challenged one another to see who can raise the most money for charity when they undertake this month’s Great North Run on Sunday 10th September.

Tony and Brian, who have been friends in the industry for over 12 years, set each other this challenge following Brian’s 60th birthday, when he decided to sign up for the Great North Run.

Tony, who has undertaken the Great North Run three times, is running for the British Heart Foundation, with the aim of raising a minimum of £3,000.

”I have chosen to raise money for the British Heart Foundation because there is a history of heart disease in my family. My father had a heart attack at the age of 54 and later passed away with an aneurism 20 years later which was caused by a heart condition. I am running for all the people who have heart conditions in their family.”

When it comes to the run, Tony said:

"I think because Brian is six years older than me, and this is his first Great North Run, I may have a slight advantage. At the same time I started my training quite late and have only really had four weeks of training, which definitely isn't enough to prepare for a half marathon. With Brian’s dedicated approach to his training, he may actually beat me!"

Brian is running for Alzheimer’s Society, a charity close to his heart following the loss of his father to this disease.

Brian Wilkinson said:

"Tony has the advantage on me with the experience of running long distance, so while I may not beat him in the race I am hoping I can win the race to raise the most funds!"

Speaking about his motivation to support Alzheimer’s Society, Brian said: ”My dad suffered terribly for the last couple of years of his life, but the effect on our mum was even heavier as she struggled with her own health and the stress of looking after the man who had simply stopped being the husband she’d known. Alzheimer’s Society is doing fantastic work, but it is only through donations and support that they can really make the vital difference we all want to see.”

For those wishing to support Brian and Tony please visit their fundraising pages:

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