As retirement after 45 years beckons shortly, running in the Farrer & Co team in the JP Morgan Corporate challenge last Wednesday in London's Battersea Park seemed an excellent way of starting to run down the final few days of professional life at least of the current variety.
The weather was unusually hot and sunny although the race did not commence until 18:45 hours. Last year there was a Tube strike on the Wednesday of the race (there were last year and this, so many entrants that the hosts held the event over Tuesday and Wednesday in the week) but this year the Southern overground railway which is supposed to serve Battersea Park Station is subjected to unofficial union action of one kind or another so traveling to the venue was slightly difficult. Nonetheless as JP Morgan themselves said:
This event culminated two nights of competition in Battersea with a total of 28,697 participants — a complete sell-out
My approaching the exit from one kind of professional life contrasts with Sadiq Khan's commencement of another kind of professional life as the new London Mayor. Though completely different from his two predecessors (Ken Livingstone Labour and Boris Johnson Conservative) it was good that he chose to run in the event as depicted below in an official photo:
The Farrer & Co team numbered some 40 runners and after the run a great picnic was to be had with new and old members of the firm alike, in what was a slightly windy, sunny, summer evening.
Perhaps appropriately enough, funds raised by the event were for Age Concern UK.
Mayor Khan is a fraction younger than me so his time on that humid evening of c. 31 minutes was a fraction faster than mine of c. 37 minutes.