2,000 runners took to the streets of London on 12 June to participate in the 16th Square Mile Run, raising £150,000 for the homelessness charity Crisis. Former London mayor, Ken Livingstone, made one of his first public appearances since the London elections, to address the crowds and wave the flag to start the race in Paternoster Square and a mere 20 minutes and 45 seconds later, Jason Webb, from Fidelity International, crossed the finish line on Millennium Bridge. Despite organisers having to change the route as Tower Bridge was raised, the fun-run was a great success. There were many, of course, who took the whole run quite seriously, completing the route in record times. Following Fidelity employee Jason Webb’s winning run, Archie Young (who works for prime minister Gordon Brown’s delivery unit) then came in at 21 minutes 12 seconds, sporting a shirt and tie combo in true City spirit, while third place went to Citi’s Andrew Rolfe. The first female winner, Anna Scally from ‘The Ringers’ team, who finished in 23 minutes eight seconds, closely followed by Marie Leray from Tradeweb who came in with a time of 23 minutes 37 seconds.
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