Stephanie Davis of King Street stops her watch after winning the 2015 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in a time of 19:50.
Davis beats the odds
and Corporate Challenge field
English rugby world champion Matt Dawson cheered on the capacity crowd.
LONDON, July 9, 2015 —Stephanie Davis, an assistant at hedge fund company King Street, had some extra motivation to set a personal best in the second night of running at the 29th J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® in Battersea Park.
"My colleagues were taking bets before the race and the consensus was that my time would be slower than last year," Davis laughed. "No faith at all! That pushed me to do my best."
And Davis, indeed, proved the punters wrong. She not only improved upon her Corporate Challenge times in 2013 and 2014, but her 19:50 effort over the 5.6-km course earned her the women's individual crown. Abby McGhee of Sky was a strong second in 19:57.
"I ran a 20:48 in 2013 and improved to 20:17 last year and finished second," Davis said. "I've begun to train harder recently and work out here on the Battersea Track. So this is my home turf and it's great to win for King Street."
Davis ran under perfect blue skies, with a slight breeze bringing relief from the warm (but welcome) weather for England's capital. The registered count for the evening was 14,394 entrants from 350 companies, bringing the two-night total in Battersea to 29,017 runners and 699 companies. Those are all full capacity figures.
Goldman Sachs took the honors of largest team, entering 762. Bank of America Merrill Lynch brought 601 to Battersea Park, followed by BNP Paribas (506), Morgan Stanley (499), Societe Generale (319), Barclays (278), BlackRock (265), Restaurants Associates & Rapport (265), BP (221) and Commerzbank (177).
Nick Torrey celebrates as he wins the men's title in 16:47.
Event owner and operator J.P. Morgan supported the event enthusiastically, with 781 registered. Combined with a massive turnout Wednesday, that meant the hosts brought out a total of 1,949 runners over the two nights, the third largest number of JPM employees in the 2015 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series (Chicago had 2,400 employees on May 21; New York 2,036 on June 3-4).
Commerzbank dominated the men's competition with Nick Torrey winning the race in 16:47, followed by his teammate Jonathan Poole in 17:02.
"Jon and I work together and train together, and I always joke that I will retire if he ever beats me," Torrey said good-naturedly. "Seriously, it's special to run in this race with Commerzbank on my shirt. It's very different than some of my other competitions."
Those competitions include the Commonwealth Games, where Torrey ran a tremendous 2:16:34 in the marathon.
"It's funny, though, I wasn't nervous before that race," Torrey said. "I was very nervous tonight because I was expected to win. The nervous energy carried me out from the start."
There to cheer on all competitors was Matt Dawson, who was a hero for England's 2003 World Cup champion rugby team. Dawson was on hand to promote the 2015 World Cup, which will be held in the United Kingdom in September.
"What a scene," Dawson said. "All of the participants here are true athletes in their own right, finding the time to do something healthy while representing their company. I'm a fan of all of them tonight."
A donation on behalf of all Corporate Challenge participants will be made by J.P. Morgan to Age UK which provides companionship, advice and support to people facing later life alone. There is also an optional, private fundraising opportunity available for all participants at www.ageuk.org.uk/jpmorgan.
After a couple of months to catch its breath, the 39th season of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series continues on Wednesday, September 9 for the 31st running of our San Francisco event, which will also feature the 32nd edition of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Championship. Citi (men), HSBC (women) and J.P. Morgan (mixed) — the 2014 team champions in Battersea Park — will be in the Bay Area to represent London.
A capacity crowd of 14,394 entrants from 350 companies pushed the two-night total at London to more than 29,000 entrants.