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Businesses go head to head at Bristol 10k

Local businesses battled it out in the Business Challenge at Sunday’s Bristol 10K. The ‘race within a race’ was sponsored by national law firm Clarke Willmott, which has an office in Bath Street.

The challenge, to all businesses within the region, was to encourage light hearted competitiveness between local companies and at the same time raise much needed funds for local charities.  This year’s official race charities were St Peter’s Hospice and Coco (Comrades of Children Overseas).

A record breaking 93 teams across the city entered the Business Challenge with 537 people completing the race. Bank of Ireland’s Robert Hayes came in first place with an impressive time of 35 minutes 44 seconds.

The Bank of Ireland A team also scooped the fastest team with their team of four runners (Robert Hayes, Ian Ruck, Andrew Benson and Neil Wallace).  Other businesses to finish as one of the top ten teams were Burges Salmon, Arup Aces, Rolls Royce, Clarke Willmott, Smith and Williamson and Deloitte.

One of the most scenic races in the UK, the Bristol 10K race covers 6.2 miles around and follows the A4 along the historic floating harbour and River Avon.

Clarke Willmott sponsored the race for the second year running as part of their on-going commitment to corporate responsibility in the South West region.  It also connects seamlessly with the firm’s leading national position in the sport sector, led by a team based in Bristol.

Kevin Jones, Head of the Bristol office of Clarke Willmott said:  “We were delighted to be sponsors of this years’ Bristol 10k and as someone who ran in the race, I am pleased to say it was a huge success. It was great to see so many people enter and give up their spare time to train and in most cases, fundraise for local and national charities.

This is an important event for the Bristol community and we are hoping to continue to support this race and see it grow year on year.”