MUFG ‘Run in the Dark’ – Stanley Tormey
Corporate Social Responsibility is highly emphasised at MUFG. I was leader of the Information & Data Management team at this year’s ‘Run in the Dark’ in Battersea Park. MUFG as a whole entered 20 teams with our entry fees contributing to the great work of the Mark Pollock Trust and each team aiming to raise a minimum of £500 per team for another worthy cause – Save the Children’s Syria Appeal. Our fundraising efforts were international with contributions from all over the world.
While the 5km distance may seem minuscule to the marathon-running readers among you, it certainly feels much longer on a wet and windy autumn evening. And so, the hardy MUFG souls signed up for the event left the office to brave the elements in aid of these two great causes.
Wet leaves scattered the paths on which we’d be running and it was a great occasion to bring many MUFG departments together. We set off under an inflatable arching wearing ‘chipped’ number plates on our fronts to record our times. To add a competitive edge to the event, the top 3 times from each team would be placed on an MUFG leader board. As I ran around the beautiful surrounds of Battersea Park, my thoughts wandered to the commitment and dedication I would need to run a full marathon – over 8 times the length of our short circuit.
The thousands of runners made up a sea of colours with the red ‘MUFG Gives Back’ t-shirts highly prominent and identifiable – even among the frontrunners. The highest placed MUFG runner was 4th place overall posting a very quick time of 18 minutes 55 seconds.
After the run, we felt our tired bodies deserved some refreshment. An MUFG cohort retired to a local bar for some light refreshments where we discussed the next step in our running careers! The fundraising in advance and the evening itself were fine examples of the great effort of all those at MUFG to help worthy causes and to give back to the international community.