The largest ever number of the City's fiercest competitors took to the streets of the capital on Thursday night for the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay - the ultimate corporate relay running race - officially started this year by Olympic legend Michael Johnson.
The 2014 edition of the race was won by SenseCore AG, crossing the line in in 54 minutes and 38 seconds, less than 30 seconds ahead of defending champions Barclays. JP Morgan rounded off the top three, with Bank of America, Slaughter and May and Legal & General also breaking the one hour-mark.
In front of a packed Race Village in Guildhall Yard, four-time Olympic gold medal winner Michael Johnson, who holds the 400m world record as well as a 21-year world record for the 4x400m relay, started the race – which sees teams comprising of ten runners, each running one mile each.
Speaking at the event, Johnson commented: “The atmosphere has been unbelievable. The unique layout certainly makes it a different challenge from anything I’ve ever experienced. I’m not sure I’d back myself on this course!”
“It was great to see the competitive edge that the City of London has to offer translated onto the track, if you can win this event you’ve certainly earned that right.”
The largest ever number of London runners took on the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay this year, with 108 teams in total, partnered by Epson, Virgin Active, Karrimor and Sport magazine as well as Headline Sponsor Bloomberg who returned for an eighth year.
SenseCore AG’s win also saw the team secure a cheque for £5,000 for their designated charity, Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Individually, Nicholas Torry of Commerzbank led the way with a remarkable time of 4 minutes 58 seconds.
The race saw more than 1,000 City workers pound the streets down alleyways, up staircases, and along an arcade of shops through the heart of the most famous Square Mile in the world.
The baton now passes on to Singapore and Hong Kong where the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay will take place on 2nd October and 6th November respectively.