Who will be the fastest financial worker in the London Marathon? Last year's City winner Andy Greenleaf is feeling lucky

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Will Greenleaf hold on to his City marathon title? (Source: Getty)

The Virgin London Marathon is nearly upon us, and all over the Square Mile folks are dusting off their trainers, saying "no" to post-work pints, and waking up in cold sweats ahead of the big race.

The Capitalist caught up with Andy Greenleaf. By day, he's a business developer at global investment bank Julius Baer, but by night and during his commute to work he's a lean, mean, running machine with eight marathons under his belt.

The Capitalist eagerly awaits the results of this year's race. Go-getting Greenleaf, formerly of management consultant Capco, made it to the top of The Capitalist's City Marathon league table last year, completing the 26.2 mile slog in a frankly astonishing 02:21:42. As he plans to smash his target and complete the circuit in under two hours and 20 minutes, he assures us that pounding the city's pavements is a labour of love.

"I typically run somewhere between 80-90 miles per week. Most of that is the commute to work though."

That's right, Greenleaf runs seven and a half miles every morning and evening to get to Julius Baer's offices just off Gresham Street. He calls these "steady runs".

Not content with making his working week harder, the fitness fanatic shuns post-work drinks on a Thursday to train at Battersea Park, but at least he's not alone.

"I'm very lucky in that there's a good group of us City boys who also come down to Battersea on a Thursday. Once every couple of months or so we might go out for a drink to treat ourselves."

Steady on, lads.

So, City workers... do you have any speedy, ultra-competitive colleagues running in Sunday's marathon? If so, and if they complete the strenuous course in under two hours and 45 minutes, then let us know at thecapitalist@cityam.com.