J.P.Morgan finally got the better of six-time previous champions Barclays in the 11th annual Bloomberg Square Mile Relay last Thursday (21 September) for bragging rights in the City of London.
There were 112 teams from over 85 of London’s top businesses competing to be crowned the fastest business in the City and it was a delighted J.P. Morgan team that emerged victorious after 10 legs of one mile each.
The sold-out London leg of the global race series saw top businesses from across the financial sector compete in the ultimate corporate relay. The 1,120 employees had to tackle staircases, alleys and bridges on the challenging one-mile course.
J.P. Morgan completed their 10 laps in 55:37. Winning team captain, Jonathan Ormerod, said: “We’re very excited. It’s our fourth time trying and we’ve finally beaten Barclays. Fourth time lucky!”
Barclays (57:07) were second and Trayport (58:20) third. The fastest individual runner was Austin Roth (J.P. Morgan, 5:05). The Fastest Mixed Team award, now in its second year, was won by On Running (1:00:35). Their captain, Olly Laws, commented: “It’s been an amazing experience. We finished very strong – I’m very proud of the On Running team.”
During the post-race awards ceremony Create, official community partner of the race, were presented with a cheque of £15,000 to support charitable work in the East London community.
"Congratulations to J.P. Morgan for winning our 11th London relay and to Create, which Bloomberg has proudly supported since 2014," said Mark Flatman, Head of Sales, Bloomberg. "It is great to see our clients, partners, employees and friends come together and know that Create will use our support and volunteer efforts through the Extra Mile programme to work on regeneration and revitalisation projects that will support London for years to come."
Image courtsey Tim Maddin, Square Mile Sport