The Olympic spirit was alive and kicking in central London on Thursday night when two-time Olympic medallist Mark Hunter lined up among more than 1,000 runners taking part in the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay.
Cheered on by a crowd that included fellow Team GB rowing champions Tom James and Alex Partridge and three-time Paralympic medallist Liz Johnson, Hunter and the rest of the field lined up in teams of 10, with each competitor completing the unique one-mile course before handing over the baton to a teammate.
They pounded the central London streets, heading down alleyways, up staircases, over the top of London Wall and through an arcade of shops - all right at the heart of the Square Mile.
Hunter, more used to tackling choppy water, successfully took on the London landscape, but confessed: “I didn’t know there were steps in the middle!
“It’s a tough mile - it hurt, but it was great fun. It’s brilliant to see so many people put themselves through it to be part of a team and everyone really enjoyed it.”
2010 champions Barclays Capital reclaimed their crown with a time of 51 minutes 12 seconds, beating Legal & General by 44 seconds.
They were followed by last year’s winners, Macquarie Bank, who completed the course in 53 minutes 51 seconds.
Along with the coveted trophy, Barclays Capital were presented with a cheque for £5,000 for their designated charity, the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre.
The fastest individual runner - showing the Olympians that London’s City workers can hold their own in elite sport - was David Nightingale of Capstone with a time of 4 minutes 36 seconds.
Bloomberg has been Headline Partner of the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay for the past six years.
The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is also partnered with Virgin Active, the event’s Official Health Club Partner, and Sport, its Official Media Partner.