Great Run Busi­ness Chal­lenge is real win­ner for mayor and HSBC

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

TWO gi­ants of the fi­nan­cial and po­lit­i­cal worlds were crowned over­all win­ners of the Ar­cadis Busi­ness Chal­lenge at this year’s Sim­ply­health Great Birm­ing­ham Run.

The city’s an­nual half marathon took place on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15, the same day as the first-ever Birm­ing­ham In­ter­na­tional Marathon, and fea­tured the hotly-an­tic­i­pated Busi­ness Chal­lenge.

Large Busi­ness cat­e­gory over­all win­ners were HSBC, led by UK CEO Ian Stu­art, who took part in the half marathon three years af­ter un­der­go­ing hip re­place­ment. The HSBC run­ners’ ac­cu­mu­lated four fastest times were 07:22:09.

The money raised by Mr Stu­art and the 22-strong HSBC team will go to­wards HSBC UK’s com­mit­ment to raise £3 mil­lion for Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety and Alzheimer Scot­land dur­ing their three-year part­ner­ship.

Win­ners of the Medium Busi­ness cat­e­gory were the West Mid­lands Com­bined Au­thor­ity, led by Mayor for the West Mid­lands, Andy Street, with an ac­cu­mu­lated time of 06:26:18.

The ‘Mayor’s Movers’ were rais­ing funds for Cure Leukaemia’s £1 mil­lion ap­peal to ex­pand the glob­ally sig­nif­i­cant Cen­tre for Clin­i­cal Hae­ma­tol­ogy at the Queen Eliz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal in Birm­ing­ham.

Busi­ness Chal­lenge tro­phies are handed out to fastest teams ac­cord­ing to their busi­ness size, with the four fastest times posted by each team ac­cu­mu­lated to pick the over­all win­ners.

Any busi­ness en­ter­ing 12 or more par­tic­i­pants au­to­mat­i­cally re­ceives a plaque en­graved with the com­pany’s name.

Ian Stu­art, HSBC chief ex­ec­u­tive UK, said: “I had a hip re­place­ment a few years ago and it was caus­ing a few prob­lems in the run-up to the Sim­ply­health Great Birm­ing­ham Run.

“It was touch-and-go whether I would be able to take part, but I am pleased to say I did and I com­pleted it in a re­spectable sub-two hours.

“The event it­self was fan­tas­tic, the at­mos­phere was buzzing and the sup­port from lo­cal peo­ple along the route was im­por­tant in driv­ing us on all the way to the fin­ish.

“I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who mar­shalled and helped or­gan­ise the event, and those who spon­sored my HSBC UK col­leagues me, help­ing pro­vide im­por­tant funds to help those liv­ing with and af­fected by de­men­tia.”

Com­pa­nies in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in the Ar­cadis Busi­ness Chal­lenge at next year’s Sim­ply­health Great Birm­ing­ham 10k can sign up at www.grea t r u n . o r g / g re a t- b i r mi n g ha m- 1 0 k / busi­ness-chal­lenge

> The Great Birm­ing­ham Run on Oc­to­ber 15

> West Mid­lands mayor Andy Street

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