There's wet. And then there's *wet*.
The epic journey to Battersea Park to take part in the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge involved failed tube rides, failed taxi hailing and a walk of at least 5km just to get there. There was even talk of jacking it all in and heading for the pub since it was 'bound to be cancelled'. But no, we persevered. For the team. For ourselves. For all that's right and good and sporting.
So we might have started about 45 minutes after the 'pack'. The bright side was we had plenty of room.
Mat and I set the pace at a leisurely jog, followed by a sauntering Kai and Jonno. The girls weren't far behind.
In monsoon-esque conditions, Tim and Mat stretched into the lead until the 5km mark. I had a sudden and unexpected burst of adrenaline (probably due to the two bottles of free Gatorade that were downed on the way to the start line). Mat and I were neck and neck down the final straight, sprinting the last 200m or so, which was extraordinarily out of character for both us since we're both as competitive as a pair of goldfish usually.
A short while later, we regrouped wheezing underneath a nearby elm tree and collectively agreed that Team Justgiving Winners will join forces once more in the near future for another challenging (but not too challenging) sporting event.
And it was very wet.
Simon & Mat - 32mins 6 secs
Tim - A little bit longer
Kai & Jonno - A little bit longerer
Gemma & Sophie - A little bit after that
(L--->R) Tim, Gemma, Sophie, Jonno