Winners take different
Nicholas Torry of Commerzbank breaks the finish line tape held by Matthew Samwell of Tiffany and Margherita Taylor of 95.8 Capital FM to win the 2010 London J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge on July 6.
motivational paths at Battersea Park
LONDON, July 6, 2010 – Nick Torry was running with the confidence that good health provides. Deyanira Rivera Luna’s finishing kick was fueled with company pride.
A capacity crowd of 13,363 starts the 2010 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in sunny Battersea Park on July 6. Less than 21 minutes later, Deyanira Rivera Luna breaks the tape held by Andy Bush of Fortune Magazine and Margherita Taylor of 95.8 Capital FM. (Photos: Ingrid Abery)
Those two individuals had different motivations but similar results – victory – on
the first night of racing at the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Battersea Park. Torry broke the men’s finish line tape in 17:21, while Rivera Luna was the first woman in 20:55. It was the initial Corporate Challenge title for each of them, and they were the very best from a sold-out gathering of 13,363 runners and walkers from 289 companies.
It was a clear, comfortable evening by the River Thames, creating ideal racing conditions for an event that was first held in 1986 with 5,000 total participants. Nearly 26,000 will take part this year over two nights, with the concluding race on Thursday. The fastest four-person teams in the men’s, women’s and mixed divisions from the two combined evenings will win a trip to Singapore for the 2011 JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge Championship.
Torry works in product control for the finance department at Commerzbank. He showed his raw ability at last year’s Corporate Challenge, running an 18:02 despite having been supine on an operating table less than a month earlier.
“I had leg surgery about four weeks before the race, took two weeks off, and then cycled in the days leading into the race,” he said. “The Corporate Challenge itself was my first proper run since the surgery.”
Now bolstered with good health – not to mention an outstanding 29:52 10K performance in May – Torry was the man to beat. He took over just before the 2K mark and ended up winning by a comfortable 25 seconds over Ryan Prout of Thomson Reuters. Paul Adams of Hewitt Associates was third in 18:13.
Torry was one of 197 participants from Commerzbank and the Tiffany prize he earned as the first male took a back seat to the reward he received from sharing the 5.6km course with his colleagues.
“Running is something I have a great deal of passion for,” Torry said, “and I did everything I could to encourage friends and colleagues to come out and share in the experience of participating in this event and feeling good about themselves. You can measure success a lot of different ways from a race like this.”
Rivera Luna can attest to that first hand. After all, she works for the event owner and operator – J.P. Morgan.
A native of Mexico who came to the U.K. about six years ago as part of an MBA program, Rivera Luna has been a consistent presence at the front of Corporate Challenge races. She finished second here in 2007 (21:27), 4th in 2008 (21:17) and 20th last year (21:40). There was no suspense in her finish in this one, as Rivera Luna was almost a minute ahead of second-place finisher Olivia Toye of Monitor Group.
Her annual quickness belies the fact that Rivera Luna arrives at her J.P. Morgan workspace each day before 7 a.m., and rarely leaves much earlier than 7 p.m.
“They call me ‘backpack girl’, because I am always coming in a little sweaty and with a backpack on,” Rivera Luna said. “Before work is about the only time I get to train; besides some track work on the weekend.”
Not that she is complaining. A sales person in the futures and options department of J.P. Morgan, Rivera Luna says she has a strong work/life balance and really looks forward to the Corporate Challenge each year.
“I love this event,” she enthused. “It is so cool to see everybody out here and with J.P. Morgan everywhere. It’s a good vibe, great ambiance. It’s also a good goal for me to set each year. I’ve been running since I was seven or eight years old and love the competition.”
The largest teams on a comfortable night for running came from RBS Global Banking & Markets (777 entrants), Deutsche Bank (597), PricewaterhouseCoopers (401), BNP Paribas (391) and Nomura (375).
One of 289 companies in the July 6 London race, Statpro gives a pre-race cheer.
Oaktree Capital Management Limited didn’t have a huge team (27 entrants) or the fastest runners, but it sure was a creative bunch. The company was selected as the winner of the creative T-Shirt contest and will receive a $1,000 donation from Chase to designate to a charity of its choice.
The capacity crowd was running to support 95.8 Capital FM’s Help a London Child, with many entrants contributing in advance via online donations.
Help a London Child was founded in 1975 by Lord Attenborough CBE, as 95.8 Capital FM’s charity, to assist and give opportunities to thousands of London’s children and young people experiencing abuse, homelessness, disability, poverty and illness. In the first year £8,000 in grants was provided to 10 charities in Camden. Help a London Child has come a long way since and now 35 years on the charity has raised in excess of £22 million and awarded grants to over 12,000 small groups across the Capital, directly helping over one million children.
“We are delighted with the way that participants both from J.P Morgan and the other participating companies have got behind Help a London Child – they really are Running London, For London,” said Dalton Leong, Managing Director, Global Charities for Help A London Child. “Fundraising has far exceeded expectations so far – including a donation of £10,000 and someone who has already over £2,500, which is fantastic.
“In short,” Leong concluded. “Help A London Child allows the opportunity for London’s most deprived children the chance to be a child.”
There is still time for Corporate Challenge entrants to commemorate their participation through support of Help A London Child. Please visit www.justgiving.com/jpmorgancc.
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