Participants taking the plunge
Participants taking the plunge
Dan Spreckley

Dan Spreckley

Journalist, Events and Personalities at Finbuzz.com
Daniel writes for Finbuzz on finance and politics, and has a particular interest in SME finance and tech startups.
Dan Spreckley

On Friday, employees from 20 companies descended on the Surrey countryside to take part in an obstacle course race to raise money for The Hunger Project.

With recent weather, this year’s participants could be forgiven for thinking they might have it easy. But the third Energy Against Hunger challenge was no exception. The four-strong teams tracked through mud filled trenches, scrambled up cargo nets and over tyre walls and waded through muddy water, hoping to be crowned the top corporate, legal, accounting, banking or advisory team in the Energy sector.

 Participants brave the tyre wall on Commando Assault
Participants brave the tyre wall on Commando Assault

An audacious few led the way to the first obstacle, The Bunker. From this point, identifying fellow team members by their dress was difficult, with the majority of participants emerging covered almost entirely in mud.

Teams had to work together to overcome Commando Assault, Kamikaze and Hell River to name just a few of the course heavyweights.

Energy Against Hunger 2016
Mud, mud everywhere

The first team to complete the course, measured by the time of the last member to cross the line, was Hannam and Partners A, who completed the course in 01:00.34.

“The day was good fun, we probably got into the competitive spirit a bit too much. We had a peer broker behind us – so a bit of competition,” – said Ross Allister, Hannam and Partners.

Related:  Swiss Wealth Forum: Talking safe havens, gold hubs on Lake Lugano
Covered in mud, but smiles all round as team completes race
Covered in mud, but smiles all round as team completes race

Peel Hunt was the second team to finish with a time of 01:07.31, only minutes ahead of Panmure who completed the race in 01:09.41. All teams finished the challenge within two and a half hours. A full list of participating companies can be found below.

The fastest individual male was Will Pollen, representing Invest In Africa, for the second consecutive year. He completed the course in just over 49 minutes. Anna Brog of Tullow Oil was the first female over the line with a time of 01:11.19. (Updated on 22 September 2016).

The Hunger Project’s aim is to end hunger and poverty through sustainable, grassroots strategies, empowering women, men and children to become agents of change in their communities. Over the past three years, Energy Against Hunger has raised more than £50,000 for the charity’s projects.

 Participants taking the plunge
Participants taking the plunge

Rob Shepherd, a Trustee, wanted to do something different for the charity and has done a lot to make this event possible, raising both money and awareness. So far this year, Energy Against Hunger has raised over £20,000 and hopes to reach its target of £30,000 in the coming weeks.

Next year, Mr Shepherd hopes to get more companies and professionals involved and is looking at the possibility of expanding the project into other sectors.

The number of companies involved has increased year on year, with attendance more than doubling since the first Energy Against Hunger challenge in 2014. Participating companies: Buchanan, Cape Plc, Fincap, Hannam and Partners, K&L Gates, Clifford Chance, Panmure, Peel Hunt, Tullow Oil, Chrysaor/Cairn Energy, RBC, Field Fisher, S-RM, Evercore, Instinctif Partners, Jefferies International, Emporer, Eddison, NRG.

Leave a Reply