A record 240 members of staff from RBC Wealth Management have committed to run in this year’s Jersey Marathon on Sunday 7th October.
The company will be entering 45 relay teams and 15 members of staff will be tackling the full 26-mile course of the Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon.
The RBC runners will be raising money for a variety of charities, but particularly close to their hearts will be the Teenage Cancer Trust, their 2012 chosen charity in both Guernsey and Jersey. Coincidentally, it is also one of the two official beneficiaries of this year’s marathon.
Paul Patterson, Deputy Chair, Ultra High Net Worth – International and relay team runner, said that the Jersey Marathon had clearly captured the imagination of employees. ‘The marathon is a fantastic personal challenge, whether you are running the full course or entering as a member of a relay team. Among this year’s entrants are a significant number of first-time runners and I can only think that the wonderful team spirit among staff has encouraged participants to come forward in such numbers,’ said Mr Patterson.
A group of the RBC Wealth Management runners have been training hard together over the last few months and Mr Patterson said that the company was supporting them all, but particularly those nine or ten who have never committed to a full marathon before. ‘Not only did staff organise their own peer-led training sessions, but we also hired the services of fitness professional, Bryce Alford, who kept a close eye on the runners as they got to grips with their training schedules. I wish everyone great success,’ he said.