Career Legal Tops Legal Division of 2012 Standard Chartered Great City Race
13 Jul, 2012
Law recruitment firm Career Legal posted a great mixed team performance at last night’sStandard Chartered Great City Race to win the mixed legal team division title. With the topfour runners’ times from each company counting, Career Legal proved unbeatable, coming inahead of Slaughter & May with Ofcom in third place.The legal sector was the best represented in this year’s 5K race around London’s SquareMile. The event attracted a total field of 6,500 runners from nearly 400 companies spanningthe banking, insurance, accountancy, legal and media sectors which included over 100 lawfirm teams.In the men’s legal team division, Slaughter & May triumphed while Career Legal also pickedup the women’s legal team top prize.The competitive individual race was a familiar tale with Legal and General’s Phil Wicksreturning from injury to capture his fifth title in a lightning quick time of 14 minutes 54 seconds,with Jonathan Stead from Addleshaw Goddard second and Daniel Poulton from ABN Amrothird in the men’s category.Wicks’ wife Emily from Punter Southall put in an imperious performance in the women’scategory to seize her fourth consecutive title in a time of 16 minutes 14 seconds. The victorymeans the couple achieved ‘the double’ for the third time, the last being in 2010. LaraBromilow from HSBC Bank came second and Emily Gelder from Davis Polk & Wardwell.Now in its eighth year, the race is firmly established as the City’s premier corporate runningchallenge, attracting all the major firms from the banking, legal, accountancy, insurance andmedia sectors. With £5 from every entry going to Seeing is Believing and Standard Charteredmatching this pound for pound, the 2012 race helped raise US$100,000 (after matching)towards the initiative which is on the way to raising US$100 million by 2020.Standard Chartered’s team of nearly 400 runners included CFO Richard Meddings, CRORichard Goulding and CEO Europe Richard Holmes.Also running were celebrities from the worlds of sport and entertainment. The Sky Sports duoof Sarah-Jane Mee and Natalie Pinkham, and Coronation Street actor Oli Mellor completedthe course, with Pinkham and Mellor running blindfolded, to raise awareness and funds forSeeing is Believing. 5-times Paralympic running gold medallist Noel Thatcher MBE and BBC’sMike Bushell also took part.Visually impaired Team GB 2012 Paralympic hopeful Jack Roughan were also present at therace while Seeing is Believing’s global ambassador Sir Ranulph Fiennes started the race.Speaking at the race, Richard Holmes, CEO Europe at Standard Chartered Bank, said: “Iwould like to thank everyone involved for making this year’s race such an overwhelmingsuccess despite the rather wet weather. There’s been a real sense of excitement around the City in the build-up to this evening. This event is one of those rare occasions when the City community comes together and the atmosphere this evening reflects that.