Last Friday, nine teams from Manchester businesses took part in a traditional sports day with a business twist run by Greater Company Games on Hardman Boulevard, Spinningfields.
Lawyers, financiers, property managers, faculty members and marketers all pulled on a PE kit and took part in the three-legged race, don’t get the sack race, egg and spoon race; where competitors had to send a tweet whilst balancing their egg, a skipping race and a relay race. All on the specially laid 60 metre athletics track in the heart of Spinningfields.
There were two events over the day, a morning event and an afternoon event, each team would win points depending where they finished in the race. The team with the highest score overall was the winner.
The morning event was closely contested with Manchester Metropolitan University Sport just beating Oliver James Associates to the finish line, taking home the prizes and winners medals.
Being from the Sports faculty and having a former 2012 Olympian, Chloe Wilcox on the team expectations to win were high.
Chloe Wilcox from MMUSport said “it was such a great event, the three-legged race and relay were real highlights, they helped us to strengthen our bond as a work team and winning against such tough competition made it even sweeter.”
The other teams competing included Allied London and Adept Corporate Services who competed in high visibility vests and work boots.
In the afternoon event, things were even closer, the final race of the day, the team relay race being the nail biting decider. Hurstwood Crystal and PwC North West had drawn on points, however PwC took home the winner’s medals and prizes because they had won the most races overall.
The other teams taking part included, MC2 and Pinsent Masons LLP. With prizes for the best dressed and best sport every team went home a winner.
Chris Martin, Director of Greater Company Sports said, “every team gave it their best shot and really got into the spirit of the event, they were all winners in our eyes.”
The day was hosted by BBC’s sports presenter Hugh Ferris and all proceeds from the day, raising over £600, were donated to the We Love MCR, Lord Mayor’s of Manchester charity.
The Spinningfields Sports Day was a warm up event to the Greater Company Games, a new event set to launch in Manchester on Friday, September 8th at Sport City and the HSBC UK velodrome. Businesses are invited to go head to head with other businesses in football, netball, touch rugby, dodgeball, tennis and squash, and also to enjoy an awards ceremony and networking after party in the football museum in Urbis.
Gregg Cropper, Director of Greater Company Games added “We are aiming to bring sport and business together in a fresh and exciting way to promote team building, health and wellbeing, whilst creating unique networking opportunities and adding social value, as monies raised will go the We Love MCR fund.”