Ravenscroft is a leading stockbroking and investment management firm based in Guernsey and Jersey. At the Super League Jersey Corporate Mix, Ravenscroft entered two teams composed of six members each. The Ravenscroft Titans finished in third place after two days of competitive racing. Below, we get a peek behind-the-scenes from four of the Ravenscroft Titans.

 

Triathlete Jack Kennedy was the youngest athlete to compete in the corporate challenge. Ravenscroft has given the 15-year-old a two-year sponsorship deal for 2017 and 2018 to enable him to compete more regularly in the UK and Ireland. He is aiming to represent Jersey at the Island Games in Guernsey in 2021 and the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

What was the most memorable part of racing the Corporate Mix?

I think that the most memorable part of the corporate relay was being able to be part of a Ravenscroft corporate team for the first time and being able help Ravenscroft to third place overall.

How did you do in your respective leg?

I felt that I did really well in the run section I did for the team, I thought I made a big difference to the result after catching about five teams each day on my discipline to help gain third overall.

What was your favorite part of the entire Super League Jersey weekend?

I thought that my favorite part of Super League triathlon as a whole was being able to watch the new structure of triathlon live for the first time. It was amazing to watch the pros race and has given me lots of inspiration after meeting them and I have lots to work towards in the future.

How competitive were team members? Was there a friendly rivalry between the Ravenscroft teams?

I thought that there was a very friendly rivalry between the two Ravenscroft teams. As it was my first time being part of a Ravenscroft team, I didn't know anyone but I felt welcomed by both groups and congratulated by everyone from Ravenscroft as a whole at the end of the race. 

 

Andrea Nightingale is Guernsey’s drug and alcohol strategy co-ordinator and outside of work is a keen triathlete. She is one of a number of athletes who are sponsored by Ravenscroft. This year Andrea has qualified for, and competed in, the Age Group World Cycling Championships and the Olympic distance triathlon World Age Championships and is one of the top athletes in the world in her age group.

What was the most memorable part of racing the Corporate Mix?

From the racing aspect to be treated and respected in the same way as the pros. Often we don’t have the opportunity to participate on the same course so to be so close to the public and have their support whilst racing was amazing. I certainly felt part of the whole event and not an “add on” which can sometimes happen. Triathlon is a single sport so being part of a 6-man team was so much fun and having the support and the “post mortems” after the event was so enjoyable and then, of course, what was going to happen on Day 2.

How did you do in your respective leg?

I think I held my own – I had a great race with a much younger female participant (old enough to be her mother for sure) and we were neck and neck for much of the five laps. I really didn’t want to let the team down.

What was your favorite part of the entire Super League Jersey weekend?

I think it was meeting like-minded people, making new friends and feeling really part of a fantastic Ravenscroft team. I felt our team really gelled and I certainly felt I was wanting to do my best for them as well as myself. The pros attached to Ravenscroft were very approachable and having them on our table on the final evening was brilliant. It was a shame we didn’t get to meet them sooner.

How competitive were team members? Was there a friendly rivalry between the Ravenscroft teams?

I have finally found a lady that is as competitive as me and I would now call a friend!! Angela was brilliant fun and we have met up since for coffee when she was over working at the Guernsey office. I reckon there was an age range of between 14 and 56 and it didn’t matter at all.  I think we were all highly competitive and being in second place after day one was just amazing. It gave us so much enthusiasm and motivation to continue our success and getting on the podium in third was just extraordinary! One of the best weekends I have had in my short triathlon career and would love to be part of again. 

There was some good banter between the teams and it was great to spend the rest of the days together within the Ravenscroft VIP area. This made it extra special and allowed the friendships to grow.

Angela Samson and Andrea Nightingale

Angela Samson and Andrea Nightingale

 

James McLaughlin is a professional cyclist who is originally from Guernsey. This year, he raced with Austrian-based team Hrinkow Advarics having moved from Team Felbermayr Simplon Wels. He is now living and training in the UK ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games.

What was the most memorable part of racing the Corporate Mix?

The buzz of being able to contribute my trade of cycling to a group of local businesses coming together to sponsor a major sporting event!

How did you do in your respective leg?

A little better than I would have if I'd had to swim! 

What was your favorite part of the entire Super League Jersey weekend?

The final dinner was a highlight for me and put a close on a fantastic weekend of sport for the island.

How competitive were team members? Was there a friendly rivalry between the Ravenscroft teams?

We supported and willed each other to do well and at the same time being fiercely competitive to beat everyone else!

 

Angela Samson joined Ravenscroft’s Jersey office as compliance officer earlier this year. Outside of work, Angela is a keen swimmer and qualified swimming teacher. She’s a coach with the Jersey aquatic lifesaving club, teaching all ages how to keep themselves and others safe in and around the water. Angela currently holds the national record for the 100m manikin tow.

What was the most memorable part of racing the Corporate Mix? 

I was quite apprehensive about being in a team full of ‘proper’ athletes, but they were all brilliant and considering we had never met, we got on really well to the extent that we still keep in touch.

How did you do in your respective leg? 

Pretty awful start on the first day but I managed to catch up. On the second day I had a much better start, got pummelled in the head a couple of times by other swimmers, but I powered my way through and did a much better time.

What was your favorite part of the entire Super League Jersey weekend?

Meeting the pro athletes and speaking to Alistair Brownlee (my claim to fame is that I swam with him – albeit a long way behind!!). The whole atmosphere was amazing and it was brilliant that it was all in the same area as we got to see the whole race. 

How competitive were team members? Was there a friendly rivalry between the Ravenscroft teams? 

My team members were very competitive, although I think they would agree that I was the most competitive! I wouldn’t say there was rivalry between the Ravenscroft teams, we all supported and shouted for each other, and all the athletes from both teams chatted to each other extensively over the weekend talking tactics  -  but it was nice to be on the ‘podium’ team.

Ravenscroft

 

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