City’s sportiest make a dash to win annual 5k

PINTS after work in the Square Mile on Thursday evening were definitely well deserved – not because of the hot summer sun or a big deal, but because 5,000 of the City’s sportiest were dashing round the closed-off streets in a bid to win the Standard Chartered Great City Race.

The annual 5k ended up being somewhat of a family affair, with Legal & General’s Phil Wicks winning the men’s individual men’s race for the sixth time in seven years. Not to be outdone by her husband, Emily Wicks from pensions firm Punter Southall won the women’s race in just under 17 minutes, for the fifth consecutive year in a row.

Sponsor Standard Chartered’s European boss Richard Holmes was happy to report afterward that: “This year’s race has raised more money for charity Seeing is Believing than any previous race thanks to the huge appetite across the City to take part in the event.”

Putting his money where is mouth is, Holmes ran alongside celebrities like ex-England cricket captain Mike Gatting and Quins rugby star Nick Evans, who bravely attempted the route blindfolded.