Register now for festive 35th Corporate Challenge at Battersea Park

LONDON, February 28, 2023 – It’s time to start planning your favorite annual after-work event with your colleagues.

The 35th running of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge London will be held on Wednesday, 5 July and Thursday, 6 July, 2023, with 6:45 p.m. starting horns each night for the 5.6-km team road race.

Registration is scheduled to open for team captains on Tuesday, 28 February. The entry fee is 35 GBP per person and each entrant must join a company team, with a minimum of four entrants per team, and no maximum.

After sensibly taking off 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in London was held on July 5-6, and drew a combined 19,672 entrants from 619 companies over the two nights. This July’s Corporate Challenge will almost certainly attract crowds closer to the capacity figure set before the COVID-19 pandemic, when it was an annual capacity event, topping out at a whopping 30,648 total entries in 2019.

Why is the Corporate Challenge so popular in a cosmopolitan city that has no shortage of other running events? Two things – continuity and creativity.

First held in 1986, the event has been an early summer staple on the calendar ever since. With this year’s run, 34 of the 35 Corporate Challenges will have been held in Battersea Park. So consistent is the turnout that between 2001-19 it drew average annual attendance of 25,000.

The creativity is in the pre- and post-race gatherings and celebration. The leafy setting hard by the River Thames provides the perfect spot for hospitality, and hundreds of companies take advantage by reserving hospitality space that ranges from inside options within Evolution London, to hospitality tents, and even picnic space.

Hospitality reservations can also be made now. You have until 6 June to finalize your space and team roster.

The return of the Corporate Challenge to London in 2022 featured a strong turnout from a range of industry groups, with the largest company teams fielded by financial services giants Goldman Sachs (500 entrants), Morgan Stanley (417), PwC (400), UBS (340), BNP Paribas (327), and Bank of America (297). J.P. Morgan also attended the event and had pride in performance as it won the women’s and mixed divisions in the team competition. BP was the men’s champion.

The fastest individuals over the two nights were Timothy Lefroy of Baringa Partners, the Wednesday’s night men’s winner, and Lucy Reid of J.P. Morgan, the women’s champion on Thursday. Lefroy broke the tape in 16m:34s (4:44 mile pace) and Reid crossed in 18m:39s (5:20). Reid’s time proved to be the best in the entire 2022 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series while Lefroy’s was second only to the 16:29 clocked by Christopher Olley of Google in the San Francisco race.

All entrants in the 2023 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge will also have their efforts celebrated by a charitable donation by J.P. Morgan. Details on the benefitting organization will be announced in the coming weeks.

London will be the ninth stop of the 2023 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series and the second in Europe, following Frankfurt, Germany (14 June). The Series is scheduled to visit 15 locations in eight countries on six continents and this will be the 47th consecutive year of operation for the Series dating back to 1977, with 45 years of in-person racing and two years of Virtual participation during COVID.