JP Morgan Challenge Chase London

Every year that time comes to run the Corporate Challange race. I enjoy the race as it is a good opportunity to socialise with fellow colleagues at my organisation. After returning from a training camp in St Moritz it was a good opportunity to identify my fitness prior to Ironman UK. 


My initial issue was I forgot my watch for the race and would have to run on feel. I choose to follow a colleague in the race that was running very well recently. I hang on and at 2km he just wasn’t feeling in the zone. I was easy and pushed on, as I reached the 5km point I realised I was under my 5km pace and thought a little push should nail a good time. I finished in a PB of 19:28 (3:28min/km) and who said going to V40 would be the start of a downward turn in times.
Previous Times at JP Morgan Challenge London

  • 2011 – 19:41
  • 2012 – 20:03
  • 2013 – 19:46
  • 2016 – 20:34

So what’s the plan for 2017

The Year plan for 2017 was based around my wife’s 40th birthday. I wanted to return to Frankfurt but decided to race in the U.K. For Ironman. My ‘A’ run race is Rome Marathon and was more of a 2nd option as I managed to forget to pay my GFA entry for London Marathon during celebrating my 40th birthday. End result losing my GFA entry and time, I looked at alternative rated marathons and found Rome and thought why not. 

December 2015 training was getting back my focus. I had been working on my running but it was hit and miss during October and November and in December I decided to enter some races to help focus my mind.

The first race was buntingford 10 and the race plan was to negative split. I would build slowly during the race with the aim to go under my previous best time on the course. After some discussions with One of my training partners the initial idea was to race the first few miles over 6 min/m. The race went to plan and I managed to beat my previous best on the course. I finished 26th overall and 8th in the v40 in a time of 01:01:19.

The long weekend

As part of my training plan I had arranged to do the big cow long weekend in Milton Keynes. This was around 3 weeks after Brighton Marathon and a chance to practice the long swim. However, prior to the weekend I had picked up a virus and was on steroids and suffered breathing problems.

I decided to sacrifice the swim as this was no place for somebody who had been ill and thought about the long bike the next day. However, the forecast was not kind with high winds and rain and I decided to go out later on my own for a 4hr loop.

The final day of the weekend was the half marathon.