The Butterfield Bolts took first place in the men’s competition for the third year in a row in the annual Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management Inter-Firm Town Relay on Wednesday night.
Despite the return of a Guernsey Post team who took the title for six consecutive years until 2011 they were no match for the Bolts team, which included Danny Fooks, Ben Wilen, Tim Coates and Henry Birch, who completed the relay in a combined time of 19:47.
‘Fast and Fabuloius from OI were the winners of the women’s team competition with a combined time of 26:36 and a team from KPMG took the prize for the first mixed team across the finish line in 22:16.
The fastest male was Jason James from the Fire and Rescue Service who completed his one mile lap in 4:42 and Nat Whitty from OI was the fastest female with a time of 5:07.
33 teams entered the relay race this year which sees teams of four from local businesses complete one mile laps through St Peter Port which start and end at the top of Smith Street.
The money raised from the event will support the Island Games Athletics Team in the run up to the 2015 Island Games in Jersey.
Andy Finch, head of wealth management at Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management in Guernsey, started the race:
“This is the 11th year Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management has sponsored the Inter-firm relay which has become an established annual event in the local business calendar and a fitting way to support local athletes.
“The atmosphere was fantastic with lots of people cheering along the route and at the top of Smith Street to spur on runners for the gruelling finish.”
Nat Whitty, a member of the GIAAC, wasinvolved in organising this year’s race and also took part, winning the prize for fastest female: “This year’s race was a close contest with teams from Guernsey Post and Richmond Fiduciary hot on the heels of the Butterfield Bolts making it a very exciting relay to watch and take part in.
“Over 130 runners competed and there were some extremely impressive times with many completing laps in less than six minutes.”