City workers in London sweated it out as they competed against rivals in Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf, last week (24-27 April) in the staged Pop-Up City Triathlon event. Organised by the Castle Triathlon Series, in partnership with Novotel London Canary Wharf, Macmillan Cancer Support and KPMG, the Pop-Up City Triathlon created ‘a huge triathlon buzz with corporates’.
Lets Do This, the endurance sports listings website, took the winning slot on the competitive leader board covering an impressive distance of 4595m as their team swam for 3 minutes in an endless pool, cycled for 4 minutes on a cycle ergometer and ran for 3 minutes on a treadmill.
The event saw the top three teams battle for the winning spot in a Grand Final that was exceptionally close. The overall top five teams were:
#1 Lets Do This
#2 Credit Suisse
#3 Adelphi Capital
#5 Lloyds Bank
There was an impressive selection of teams taking part in the event including last year’s winner Credit Suisse, as well as Deutsche Bank, Lloyds, Barclays and many more. The teams were made up of three individuals, competing in one discipline each and representing the same company.
Nick Tyler, who led the team from Adelphi Capital (asset investment managers) to third place, said “Adelphi Capital were delighted to enter a team into this year’s Pop Up City Triathlon and to beat some very large city organisations to finish third in the Grand Final. We are very proud of our team of Gemma Hearn, Emmanuel Renard and Doug Bendle and will definitely be back next year.”
The winning team, Lets Do This, received a winners trophy for bragging rights, a £1,000 charity gift which they have donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, and each team member will also receive many more prizes including free races, massage, training plans and kit.
Race Director, Brian Adcock said “The event was hailed a huge success from all those taking part, spectators and partners. We successfully transported triathlon to the door-step of the corporates’ offices and celebrated the sport.”
The Castle Triathlon Series offer the opportunity for companies to have their own bespoke wave at its six-triathlon festivals hosted at ‘iconic castles and stunning grounds’ in the UK, France and Ireland. The team also offers a hospitality tent with food and drink for company members for both pre- and post-race refreshment. This year will see BBC Worldwide and the big four accountancy firms embracing the Hever Castle Triathlon for a corporate triathlon event.