2 August 2013
CGWM Inter-Firm Town Relay
36 teams, including three from Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, took part in Guernsey’s annual Inter-Firm Town Relay last month. The race, which sees teams of four from local businesses complete one mile laps through St Peter Port starting and ending at the top of Smith Street, has been sponsored by Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management for the past 10 years.
The relay is held during the Town Carnival week and helps to raise funds and awareness of the Guernsey Island Amateur Athletics Club. Each year the sponsorship supports the team in their trip to the Island Games.
The race is an established town carnival event and is notorious in the local business community for the gruelling Smith Street hill finish. This year’s humid conditions did not help matters although the carnival goers stopping to cheer along the route did spur on the runners through their laps.
The Butterfield Bolts took first place in the men’s competition for the second year running, with a team from Saffery Champness winning the women’s team competition and a team from KPMG taking the first mixed team prize. There were some extremely impressive times, Michael Batiste and Natalie Whitty completed their laps in 04:30 and 5:08 respectively, and many completed laps in less than six minutes.
Canaccord Jersey aka ‘The Skipping Fairies’ were the fastest Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management team coming a very respectable 10th overall with a notable performance from Anthony McGovern who completed his lap in 5.09. The other two teams from the Guernsey business finished lower down the order, with the heat taking a particular toll on Chris Colclough who slowed to a walk at one point (he promises to train for next year!).
This year, to celebrate the re-brand to Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, clients were invited to a BBQ and drinks reception after the race at the Prince of Wales garden bar, perfectly positioned opposite the race start and finish line. The event was very well received, with the cold drinks and food going down particularly well with the large number of clients who had also participated in the relay.