The Citywire 10k run, now in its fourth year, always brings together a healthy showing of the asset management community’s athletic elite, writes Anna Dumas.
This year broke all records however, proving that if there’s anything that banks love, it’s a run.
More than 200 runners gathered in Regent’s Park to raise money for two excellent youth charities: the Hackney Pirates and XLP, both of whom work to help improve the prospects and living standards of local children.
‘We’re incredibly pleased and excited to have Citywire runners supporting us,’ said Catriona Maclay of the Hackney Pirates. ‘We are a small educational charity and this will make a big difference to our work supporting young people in Hackney in developing their literacy, confidence and perseverance.
‘With the funds raised we’ll be able to expand our after-school sessions, where young people receive extra personalised support and the chance to work on our real-world publishing projects. We wish all the runners lots of luck!’
Our very own James Moore opened proceedings with an energetic ‘Call on me’ inspired warm up routine; with the help of glamorous assistant Daniel Barber, who deftly demonstrated each manoeuvre for the crowd.
Once muscles were primed and spirits were raised, it was time to race, and from the safety of the snack table I watched as 200 financiers thundered over the start line to charitable glory.
Intensifying this year’s competition was a rule change; instead of having every team member’s time count towards the final score, it was only to be the top three, making it clear that in this race, it was every man for himself.
Breaking away from the herd from the very start was Investec’s John Daly, demonstrating a speed that even his firm’s mascot would be proud of by finishing on an awe-inspiring time of 34 minutes and 18 seconds. Teammates Steve Wooley and Ian Visser galloped closely behind him, with all three finishing in the top five.
Best of the women was Bestinvest’s Sara Allan, who steamed across the finish line in less than 44 minutes, to deafening applause. Hot on her heels were Living Group’s Abigail Vyner, and BlackRock’s aptly named Victoria Roquette.
Meanwhile, team Citywire doggedly made their way around the track and graciously let several other teams race ahead, as any good host should.
It was a fantastic day, which demonstrated both the camaraderie and the goodwill of the investment community, whose efforts are going a long way towards helping two extremely worthy causes.
Thanks to all who took part, we’re looking forward to next year!