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Matchtech runners finish the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge!
Matchtech is proud to announce that our team finished the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge in aid of WaterAid on Wednesday 10th July, with a team average of 33 minutes and 12 seconds!
Our top 4 fastest finishers raced home in a total time of just 99 minutes and 20 seconds, meaning Matchtech also stormed to victory with the fastest top 4 times in the whole of Matchtech Group.
Our winning runner was Adam McGlead, Team Leader of the Water Contract recruitment team, who set the bar high with an incredible 20 minutes and 51 seconds! Adam says he entered the race because he saw it as “a good opportunity to participate in a team event and to do something positive away from the normal working environment”. He believes that sport is important within Matchtech as: “it encourages team working, competition, hard work and a positive attitude”. This ethos certainly paid off for Adam, as he placed 149th overall on the day, which isn’t bad considering the turnout of 13,500 racers!
Runner up, Tim Stevenson, finished close behind in a cool 22 minutes and 12 seconds, enthusing about his desire to participate in future events and encouraging his colleagues to join him next year with: “It’s good banter, get involved!” Meanwhile, team mate and Head of our Infrastructure Division, Grahame Carter, praised the team spirit and “cracking location” of the event, hosted in London’s Battersea Park which was basking in the warm July sunshine. He told us that, “although it was a tough challenge, it was an extremely enjoyable event for a very worthwhile charity”. Grahame was another of our finishers under the 30 minute mark, coming in at 28 minutes and 10 seconds.
But it wasn’t just about the competition; Water Aid was the main beneficiary of the event, with JP Morgan making a donation on behalf of all the Corporate Challenge participants.
The average distance that women in Africa and Asia walk to collect clean water is six kilometres, which is father than the 5.6km distance of the Corporate Challenge. This donation will help provide clean water and also means women will spend less time walking to collect water, giving them more time to support their families by generating an income.
Natalie Allen, from our Managed Services Division, strongly believes that now the word is out there about the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge we can do more to encourage higher numbers of participants next year. We entered a respectable 50 runners across the Group in our first year of taking part in the competition, designing our own t-shirts for each area of the business in-house with hash-tags of encouragement to spur our racers on. Natalie feels that the event is the perfect platform to showcase how important sport is within the company. She explained: “Everyone is able to participate in the JP Morgan Chase, regardless of performance levels. With this type of event, everyone does their best. First or last, everyone is supported and encouraged”.
Finally the Matchtech team would like to say a big thank you for all your support and we’re already looking forward to defending our reigning champions’ title internally next year, as well as increasing our team numbers which hopefully means we can raise even more money for a worthy cause!