Work-life balance is celebrated
“Competing really teaches you so much about life in general," said four-time Olympic sailing gold medalist and 2013 America’s Cup winner Ben Ainslie, who was on hand to support the record crowd at the 2014 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in London, and jumped in to run and finish the race.
on 2nd night of Corporate Challenge
|LONDON AT A GLANCE
Paolo Natali of Eni Trading & Shipping celebrates his second victory at London.
||The 2nd night of the 28th running of J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge®. The 5.6-km race course was held entirely within Battersea Park, on the banks of the River Thames.
||Capacity crowd of 14,699 entrants from 326 companies. Two-night London total was a record 29,478 entrants representing 733 companies.
||Overcast, damp 16 degrees Celsius (61 Fahrenheit) at the 6:45 p.m. race start.
HSBC (851 entrants); Goldman Sachs (700); Morgan Stanley (501); Bank of America Merrill Lynch (458); BNP Paribas (452).
MEN: Paolo Natali, Eni Trading & Shipping, 17:41
WOMEN: Lara Bromilow, HSBC, 20:03
||Over the two nights, 65% of the 29,478 entrants were men, and 82% were runners (12% joggers, 6% walkers). The largest industry group was Banking/Finance, representing 59% of the entrants. Forty-three percent of the participants were between the ages of 30-39.
LONDON, July 10, 2014 — With the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Championship entrants having departed with their positive British memories, this second night of the Corporate Challenge in Battersea Park was all about celebrating the balance, cohesion and competiveness of the London workforce.
Under steel grey skies that threatened rain that never materialized, Paolo Natali of Eni Trading & Shipping and HSBC’s Lara Bromilow took center-stage, earning the men’s and women’s individual titles. They were the fleetest among a sell-out crowd of 14,699 participants from 326 companies.
Moments after breaking the finish-line tape, Natali was asked how he finds the time to balance workplace excellence and quality running.
“It’s damn hard, to be honest,” smiled Natali. “But I’m so proud to be out here for the company at the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. This event really has driven the road running movement for a long time.”
The Corporate Challenge was perfectly timed for Natali, who competed in the London Marathon in April and now is in training for the Berlin Marathon in September.
“I’m just getting into the speed portion of my training, so this worked out beautifully,” he said. “I got the work I needed when I pulled away at about the half-way point. This was terrific and challenging training on a course that has both grass and tarmac.”
Natali, 33, had a winning time of 17:41, and bested Tarik Thabet of Societe Generale, who clocked 17:46. Kevin Rojas of Kimberly-Clark was third in 17:49. Natali has tasted victory here before, winning the 2012 men’s title while employed at Statoil.
Similarly, Bromilow is very familiar with the Battersea Park terrain. Her victory marked her eighth consecutive finish in the top five at London. It is an impressive string that features a previous victory in 2008 as well as three third-place efforts in 2007, 2011 and 2012. She always lights up the finish-line area with her triumphant smile.
“This is an absolutely amazing event,” said Bromilow, who has also represented HSBC at the 2013 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Championship in Rochester, NY, finishing impressively as the ninth woman. “HSBC is really supportive, it benefits a terrific charity in WaterAid, and it’s a nice break. It’s been pretty busy at work.”
The 31-year-old Bromilow crossed the finish line in 20:03, with runner-up Stephanie Davis of King Street LLP officially timed at 20:17. Bromilow’s HSBC teammate, Nicola Kent, was third in 21:52.
Lara Bromilow beams after winning her second J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge title and extending her string of eight consecutive top-five finishes at London.
In total, the two nights in Battersea Park attracted a London-record 29,478 participants from 733 companies. All of their efforts will help benefit WaterAid, which provides safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene education in some of the world’s poorest nations. Corporate Challenge participants also have the opportunity post-event to contribute to an optional fundraising initiative.
Four-time Olympic sailing gold medalist and 2013 America’s Cup winner Ben Ainslie — possibly the United Kingdom’s most popular current professional athlete — was on hand to support the record-breaking crowd.
“Sport teaches us a lot about teamwork, working under pressure, and delivering upon expectations,” Ainslie said. “Competing really teaches you so much about life in general. So it is fantastic that J.P. Morgan presents this opportunity to members of the London business community to compete with pride for their company.”
Ainslie helped author one of the greatest comebacks in recent sports history, rallying Oracle Team USA past Emirates Team New Zealand in last September’s America’s Cup in San Francisco. He received a hearty ovation when he was announced at the starting line, and then jumped into the second wave at the start to cover the leafy 5.6km Battersea Park course. Afterward, he had admiration for all the runners.
“It is a fantastic setting, and I’m incredibly impressed that all these people took time out of their busy lives to train and be fit for this event,” he said.
Members of BP gather for a group photo in Battersea Park.
The 38th season of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge takes a U.S. summer break and resumes on Wednesday, September 17 with the 30th running of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in San Francisco.