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News - 22 June 2012

There are over 100 different legal companies that have entered teams into the Standard Chartered Great City Race on Thursday 12 July, making this the most of any industry sector competing in the 5K corporate running event around London’s Square Mile.

Having swept the board at last year’s race by winning the mixed team and both the individual male and female trophies, the legal sector will have the three biggest titles to defend.

Those honours are currently held by Punter Southall and Speechly Bircham LLP, both of whom will face significant pressure from other legal companies. Slaughter and May has entered the largest team in the legal sector with 100 members of staff running.

The Standard Chartered Great City Race is firmly established as the City’s premier corporate running challenge, selling out in record time again this year with 6,800 runners representing over 350 companies set to pace round London’s Square Mile. Other sectors that will take part in the race include legal, insurance, accountancy and the media industries.

While the industry titles will be hotly contested, all runners are also being encouraged to help raise vital funds for the race’s official beneficiary, Seeing is Believing, a global initiative that tackles avoidable blindness. There are 285 million blind people in the world, yet amazingly 80% of all cases could have been prevented.

Every entry will support Seeing is Believing with £5 from each runner’s entry being donated to the initiative which aims to raise $100 million by 2020. Standard Chartered Bank has also pledged to match all donations pound-for-pound, therefore doubling the impact.

Richard Holmes, Standard Chartered Bank CEO Europe said: “The Standard Chartered Great City Race is a wonderful event which brings together companies from all over London’s Square Mile.

“The competitive side of the race is always fierce but the fun team environment and the ability to make a positive impact on the lives of others helps make this event one of the key dates in the City calendar.”