Last week, on July 20, Team 10Eighty took part in the 30th running of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in London.
It was most definitely “Scorchio!” (RIP Caroline Aherne) in the capital as thermometers exceeded 30 degrees Celsius in the hours before the race. Not the type of weather we’re used to at this time of the year and the balmiest day of the 4 Corporate Challenges we’ve now completed.
Despite the well-above-average temperatures our valiant team joined a sell-out crowd of 14,598 employees representing 414 companies in the lush surroundings of Battersea Park for the Corporate Challenge. Ann Doherty of J.P. Morgan made the opening remarks and then held the finish-line tapes with local sponsor Nuffield Health’s Craig Miskin.
As you’d expect our Gang of 6 all had their own ‘careering’ strategies and finished with a variety of excellent times.
Solitary runners and quick win merchants David ‘Iron Man’ Harrison and Numbers Man Nick came 1st and 2nd respectively.
Sarah and Liz’s more measured medium-term approach saw them finish less than 2 minutes behind Nick with exactly the same times – their joint run clearly motivating each other by drawing on individual strengths.
Michael and Hannah achieved a longer term goal of completing the course at a leisurely pace whilst savouring a gorgeous summer’s evening.
Everyone’s a winner
In the spirit of full disclosure, here’s everyone’s personal times:
David Harrison – 26 mins 36 seconds
Nick Lawson – 36 mins 19 seconds
Sarah Jamodu – 38 mins 10 seconds
Liz Sebag-Montefiore – 38 mins 10 seconds
Hannah Moran – 1 hours, 6 mins, 16 seconds
Michael Moran – 1 hour, 6 mins, 17 seconds
Notable mention to Joan O’Connor for mentoring the team, and looking after their bags …
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Support for Age UK
Age UK returned for its second year as the beneficiary partner of the Corporate Challenge. It will receive a private donation from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and all entrants are invited to make a private donation to allow Age UK to provide older people with vital companionship, advice and support. Its CEO, Tom Wright also ran in the race with his colleagues.
A second night of racing in Battersea took place the following day, with 14,099 runners and walkers from 357 companies.
Pictured below: Hannah reaches the 4K milestone; 2nd row: Dave ‘Marathon Man’ Harrison and Nick ‘Numbers Man’ Lawson; 3rd row: Liz & Sarah reach the finishing line in tandem; father and daughter team, Michael & Hannah do likewise!; Liz, Sarah & Nick start their Challenge.