Fasthosts win the Corporate Challenge at Gloucester 10k 2017
It’s become a yearly tradition for Fasthosts to enter teams into the Gloucester 10km Corporate Challenge, and this year was no different. Winning the Corporate Challenge has also become somewhat of a tradition, so at 9am on Sunday 9th July four teams of Fasthosts runners set out to defend their title and make it four years in a row.
Each team is made up of five runners, with the fastest four times counting toward the overall score. The team with the lowest combined time are crowned (metaphorically) the winners. This year there were four teams of Fasthosts runners: Cheetahs (new members), Cheetahs (old members), Gazelles, and Rockets. A couple of last minute dropouts through illness and sunburn (yes, really) meant there were 18 Fasthosts runners before the race (and 18 afterwards, too). In total, 705 runners from Gloucester and the surrounding areas showed up for the event.
Conditions were tough this year. There wasn’t much wind but the 21 degree heat added an extra level of difficulty. The race started in Gloucester Park, wound through town, past the Fasthosts offices and the cathedral, looped round the docks and went out of town. The final few kilometres was a long straight down the canal (via a much needed water stop), a quick dip back into town (and back past our offices), before a sprint finish back into Gloucester Park.
Once again the Fasthosts Cheetahs (new) dominated the Corporate Challenge and took home the first place trophy. The first Fasthosts runner to cross the line was George Daly (in 39:38 and 8th place overall) followed shortly after by Grant Lane (in 39:43 and 9th place overall). The other placing members of the Cheetahs team were Ross Howells (41:54) and Michelle Stark (48:06), with an honourable mention to Chris James (46:37). All of the Fasthosts teams finished the race, and the Cheetahs (old) picked up third place in the Corporate Challenge.
After the race, the Fasthosts team were presented with the Corporate Challenge trophy for the fourth year in a row. Let’s make it five next year!