Category: Funding

Race Up the Hill for NHS Yorkshire Cancer Centre

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A 9.15 start at Pugney Watersports Park for a Run Up The Hill to Sandal Castle saw over a hundred runners enter the event.  Just over 5K, the short trial was quite demanding, with hills, fields and mud – plenty of mud to contend with. 98 athletes of all ages completed the challenge the youngest only 5 and the dignity of the oldest competitor will remain hidden, but needless to say the 50+ age group was one of the largest contingent of entries, with some of our senior runners in the front pack.  The trail was muddy, bumpy and lumpy, the sun was out, the weather very kind. Participation and smiles for all was the main aim of the event.

Race Up The Hill, is an event inspired by the late Ruth Gorse, a sports enthusiast and teacher from Leeds who always wanted people to have fun and participate in sport.  Ruth had breast cancer very young, but continued to run, play basketball, volleyball and take children’s teams to athletics and a whole manner of other events.  Although Ruth’s life was shortened, her time with us and those that engaged in sport with Ruth was rich with laughter, fun and enjoyment of sport, whether laughing at sporting blunders and trips or being the first to cross the line.  The Race Up The Hill (R.U.T.H.) events will aim to run at no cost or low costs – keeping the costs for participation low so all can get involved.  The inaugural run at Pugneys has raised over £600 for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre, which was amazing since we had a low entry fee and just asked for donations on the day.

The winners on the day were Brendon Wain, with a winning time of 19.22. First lady was Ruth Draisey (25.40),  first 40+ male Scott Kelly, first 40+ lady Michelle Tones,  first male 50+ Dave Hammond, 1st 50+ lady Elaine Kelly, 1st under 17 lady Imogen Morely, 1st under 17 male Stewart Lee.  Other results are available at with other winners of younger categories included.

more pictures here RACEUPTHEHILL 2017 and  Results 12th March 2017 Pugneys Sandal Castle RaceUpTheHill

Best regards,

Chris Gorse

2014 has been a successful year for CEYH – more to come in 2015 !!

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Yesterday over 20 guests and CE members came together to hear about the CEYH centres activities over the last year and to be invited to get involved in our CEYH 2015 awards on July 17th 2015 at York Railway Museum .

The  morning was a bit of a treat and an opportunity to launch our forthcoming awards , invite judges and sponsors to be involved and also let members know about  a couple of funding opportunities for organisations in the YH region .

Before jumping into the awards I took  a moment to celebrate and share some of the successes CEYH has achieved since starting back in September 2013 .


1. Collaboration with the CE club

As one of Constructing Excellence’s nine regional partners we have forged excellent working relationships with our CE club to deliver a consistently well attended programme of monthly breakfast events here in Leeds , Sheffield and Hull – striving to promote work done through our CE national member task groups on changes to CDM regulations , new models of procurement , passiv haus and green building excellence, BIM and many other topics . All events have received good to excellent ratings in feedback showing we are doing something right and meeting the needs of construction organisations big and small within the region .

2. Exciting Membership offer

Aside from our programme of events we have worked with the club to develop a membership offering which is appetising and spiralling offering a wide range of activities to get involved in at a modest rate including attendance at our sister networks thinkBIM and green vision free of charge .

3. New Regional Board

We continue to develop our regional centre and in January will commence our CEYH board meetings which will drive and shape our agenda over the year to come . More of this to be announced in the New Year !….

4. Engaging the Young Professionals

Not only have we developed and strengthened our relationship with our club and national members but we have also worked closely with our young professionals group G4C supporting them with events marketing and most recently their G4C awards which are now open for submissions and will take place on Feb 13 in Sheffield . The winners of the G4C awards will form the short list for our young achiever award at the regional awards next year .

5. Celebrating Success at the CEYH Awards

Our regional CE awards have gone from strength to strength with our most recent awards attracting Peter Hansford, Chief Construction advisor to the government , as the keynote speaker and over 350 construction sector professionals coming together to celebrate success across the region. Further to this  Yorkshire and Humber took  home two awards for Innovation and Client of the year at the national CE awards in London .(see great blog write up by our very own @lizschofieldmay here )

Our relevance and effective dissemination of national activity at regional level is excellent and we are continually striving to improve our offering to members developing publications such as our winners brochure which is produced annually from our awards ceremony .

6. Communicating our message

Liz Schofield  is working hard to develop our blog and communication channels so that our members and winners get great publicity for all of their work and now have a following of over 1000 on our twitter account and articles from our events being published on the national website and other leading sites such as BIM crunch and UKGBC pinpoint .. All achievements we  are very proud of .

7. Coordination and collaboration

Our new project coordinator Donna organises and liaises with our guests , speakers and members and who above all keeps me on my toes and ensures we are reaching out to new partners and collaborating across the disciplines and sector .

8. Striving for excellence

We strive for cross disciplinary excellence in construction  advocating collaborative working and digital construction and aim to provide the same excellence for our members with a regular , enjoyable and informative home / network that is inclusive and provides a platform for open knowledge exchange and networking .

We have come a long way in just over a year and look forward to what we may be able to achieve in 2015 with an established supportive board who will drive and direct the centre to provide events and networking and sharing of lessons learnt in projects and from task groups in an open way

If you would like to be more actively involved in the region by becoming a member please do call our team on 0113 8127601. As members you get full access to all of our events and opportunities to promote your organisation and projects via our blogs and social media platforms . We are always looking for case studies and thought pieces by members to share on our national platform and our regional blog – you can write for us , be interviewed by us for a tweet chat or speak at one of our events … There are no barriers to entry – we just want to join up the region and collaborate and form long standing relationships which bring benefits to us all .


This success is down to a few peeps :

John LORIMER – for being a supporter of what we do and believing that we could make a success of a now very strong regional centre

 Tom Oulton for tweeting furiously – speaking at events and acting as a CE and BIM ambassador in his role as CIC regional BIM champion

Steph and Will at Addelshaws for supporting and hosting our excellence breakfasts on a monthly basis

Duncan Reed for leading our BIM implementation training and consultancy with construction smes across the uk and for his continued support and dedication to thinkBIM

Thanks to Andrew Arundel for  supporting the development and growth of the regional centre .

Last but not least to the regional professional bodies who continue to work closely with us to ensure we avoid clashes and collaborate where possible – thanks to Mark Conner and Simon Owen at CIBSE , Mark Wilson at CIAT and Fiona Evans at CIOB for their active support .



After I gave a round of CEYH activity in the region Kirsty Oldroyd introduced the EU Funding available for training and skills of construction employees within SMEs in the Sheffield City Region – here is the LRF Construction Oview  . For more information regarding this funding offer please make direct contact :


For further information:

Kirsty Oldroyd – LRF Programme Manager Ingeus

07785 620823

Ian Price – Skills Broker Ingeus / Account Manager Skills Made Easy

T: (0114) 2296183

M: 07827 236805


Discounted sponsorship opportunities available at our CEYH Awards 2015 preview event

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Join us as our guest on Wednesday 26th November between 08:00 and 10:00 for an intimate Constructing Excellence breakfast at Addleshaw Goddard LLP, Sovereign House, Sovereign Street, Leeds, LS1 1HQ.

At this event we will be announcing the date for our Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber 2015 awards. We will be outlining discounted sponsorship opportunities as well as looking to recruit our judges. The 2014 awards were a great success and we received fantastic feedback from guests, winners, judges and sponsors. Find out more about last year’s event and regional successes in our 2014 winner’s brochure here.

“It was a splendid event which I very much enjoyed. It was great to see such enthusiastic support for the event” Richard Gibson, Gibson Design Consultancy

“m3 had a really positive experience with our invited customers also enjoying the evening. The format of the awards mixed in with the meal worked really well, allowing us to have a good chat” James Oliver from M3, sponsor of the Innovation Award.


We also have two funding opportunities for construction organisations in the region, which we would like to discuss with you and help you take advantage of free training & consultancy available.

To book your place, please send your details to