Once more unto Battersea Park dear friends, once more. 10Eighty have taken part in the annual JP Morgan Corporate Challenge since our inception and this year was no exception.
On Wednesday 5 July Team 10Eighty were amongst 14,000 other runners (another cohort of runners took part on Thursday) that braved the balmy conditions and the 5,600m, which on paper seems a short distance but in a racing context the road goes on forever… or for 50-odd minutes at least!
CEO Michael, Non-Exec Director Nigel, Business Development Director Emma, Collaborative Learning guru Trevor, Web editor Ian and Team-10Eighty-For-A-Day Natasha, good friend of Emma’s and 11th hour substitute for Operations Manager Sarah.
Due to sheer numbers, although the starter’s pistol was fired at 6.45, most of our team didn’t reach the starting line until around 7.30. Trevor started upstream in the ‘blue stream’ for those committed to running the entire circuit.
Cheerleaders peppered the circuit, encouraged tired legs and provided motivation. Particularly noisy/motivating was the Cancer Research UK contingent positioned around the halfway mark and reminding participants of the primary reason for taking part in this fun run.
As you can see from the finishing times, Trevor and Nigel ran away with the best times, with Ian being the fastest walker/jogger of the rest of us. Mind you Emma and Natasha would probably have given him a run for his money but for their strategic comfort break early doors…
Trevor Merriden 32:58
Nigel Williams 42:26
Ian Christie 51:36
Emma Mitchell 53:47
Natasha Malby 53:54
Michael Moran 54:20
Everyone got their ‘2017 Finisher’ t-shirt, staggered back to our meeting place, close to The Pump House Gallery, where Head of Leadership Development and self-appointed ‘bag lady’ Joan was waiting with everyone’s gear. A meal at Director Liz’s favourite Italian provided a welcome respite from the heat and solace for sore limbs as everyone looked forward the 2018 Corporate Challenge…