Who's the fastest London Marathon runner in the City? Commerzbank may lead the pack, but City A.M.'s own runner George Reed wins the prize for dedication

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Financial fitness freaks can finally relax and enjoy a drink after running the Virgin London Marathon this weekend.

Earlier this month we caught up with Andy Greenleaf, business developer at investment bank Julius Baer who came top of The Capitalist's City marathon league table last year. He felt confident he could beat his 2015 time of 02:21:41 and lead the pack this time round, but we have a new athletics champion in the Square Mile.

Jonathan Poole at Commerzbank beat the competition and finished the race in 02:24:09, making him the City's long-distance running champ.

Greenleaf put in a stirling effort and looked set to finish in under two hours 20 minutes at the start of Sunday's race, but started to lose pace on the last mile. Greenleaf came in at a close second, finishing the 26.2 mile slog in 02:25:17.

Next in the ranking is fellow Commerzbank employee Nick Torry, who completed the race in an impressive 02:29:42, wrapping up his run just in time for a well earned lunch.

French fitness fanatic Xavier Gruot, head of VaR methodology at Deutsche Bank during the week, slides into fourth place with a time of 02:32:36.

Name Job Title Company Time
Jonathan Poole middle office Commerzbank 02:24:09
Andy Greenleaf business developer Julius Baer 02:25:17
Nick Torry accountant Commerzbank 02:29:42
Xavier Gruot head of VaR methodology Deutsche Bank 02:32:36

The Capitalist would like to take this moment to say a special congratulations to our own marathon runner George Reed. The director at oil and gas recruiter Thorold Dewling, won the chance to run this year's race on behalf of City A.M's drive to raise £1m for cancer charity Maggie's.

We had concerns for our marathon runner last month, when Reed revealed he'd suffered an injury while training on his lunch break. He tells us he "was on for a sub three hour, but the hamstring went at mile 11".

Reed may not have beaten Mark Carney's time last year, but the dedicated fundraiser and entrepreneur still managed to power through his hamstring injury and finished the marathon more or less one-legged with a time of 03:55:03.

Reed raised over £2,360 for a new Maggie's support centre at St Bartholomew's hospital, and says Thorold Dwelling will be making a further donation to the cause.

Does your time beat our City runners? Let us know at thecapitalist@cityam.com to be included in our table.