Ann Doherty of J.P. Morgan, and Tom Wright, CBE, Chief Executive for Age UK, hold the tape as Andy Greenleaf of Capco wins the 2015 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in a time of 17:19.
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Lara Bromilow of HSBC captures her third Corporate Challenge individual title, crossing the line in 20:29.
LONDON, July 8, 2015 —Andy Greenleaf, a 2:21 finisher in the London Marathon, was feeling strong and fit and decided to take no chances.
Taking the lead from virtually the opening stride and opening an insurmountable margin by the 2K mark, Greenleaf, a data analysis consultant for Capco, earned his second London J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® men's individual title, covering the 5.6km Battersea Park course in 17:19.
James McMullan of KPMG ran a sturdy race and finished below 18 minutes in 17:58 and his colleague Jonathan Bradford was equally impressive with an 18:03, third-place finish. But this was Greenleaf's night.
"I won here in 2009, and was part of the Bank of America team that year that earned a trip to the (J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge) Championship in Johannesburg," Greenleaf said. "That is one of the great memories of my running career, so I really have a lot of respect for this event. The Corporate Challenge is special to me, and tonight I had a chance to win it and wasn't going to let it get past me."
Greenleaf and all participants enjoyed cool, comfortable racing conditions in beautiful Battersea Park. A capacity crowd of 14,623 runners from 349 companies gathered for the event's 29th annual running.
Members of Ernst & Young cheer the first night of Corporate Challenge racing in Battersea Park. Ernst & Young had one of the largest teams in the field with 331 members.
Holding the finish-line tape for Greenleaf was Ann Doherty of event owner and operator J.P. Morgan, and Tom Wright, CBE, Chief Executive for Age UK, the Corporate Challenge's first-year beneficiary. J.P. Morgan will make a donation on behalf of all entrants to Age UK, which provides companionship, advice and support to people facing later life alone.
"Good exercise is a key contributor to health and a better later life," said Wright "This is a perfect partnership for us in sharing that message.
"Raising awareness of the various challenges later life provides is hugely important," Wright continued. "The difference the people in this field and their companies can make is significant."
Wright and Doherty were also on the finish line tape to escort in Corporate Challenge female royalty. Lara Bromilow of HSBC, a perennial top-5 finisher, earned her third Corporate Challenge individual title, crossing the line in 20:29.
"Because I'm not quite as fit as last year, I didn't have any expectation this year," said Bromilow, who also won here last July and in 2008. "But, when I learned out on the course that I was the first female, the competitive instincts kicked in and I finished strong."
The winning margin for Bromilow, like Greenleaf, was significant. Nicki Mollison of Sungard was the runner-up in 22:36. The bronze medalist was Victoria Buck of Credit Suisse in 22:50.
It was the culmination of a now-familiar Corporate Challenge race day routine for Bromilow.
"There's always a lot of buzz about the office on race day and I really enjoy it," she said. "People are constantly coming up to me and wishing me luck and it's a good feeling to go out there and race for my company."
Bromilow was part of the first-place HSBC women's team that qualified for the 2015 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in San Francisco. Bromilow visited San Francisco once as a teenager, but has not been back since and is keen to visit the infamous prison Alcatraz.
The women's winner highlighted a humongous HSBC team. The formidable banking outfit brought 851 total entrants to Battersea, well ahead of the 456 fielded by the second largest company, Credit Suisse. The remaining companies in the Top 10 of entrants included PwC (404), UBS (369), Citi (361), Ernst & Young (331), RBS (277), AXA (275), XL Catlin (194) and M&G Investments (180).
A capacity crowd of 14,623 runners from 349 companies begins the first of two nights of racing in London's Battersea Park.
It's summer vacation time (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least) for the 39th season of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series. Racing continues in Battersea Park tomorrow at 6:45 p.m. for the second night in London.
Following the Corporate Challenge's two nights of London racing, the Series will resume on Wednesday, September 9 for the 31st running of our San Francisco event, which will also feature the aforementioned J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Championship. The Bay Area is an appropriate location for the latter, as it currently boasts the defending World Champions in baseball (San Francisco Giants) and basketball (Golden State Warriors).