Changing lives on London’s South Bank

If more evidence were needed for the determination and camaraderie of the Gate One crew, last weekend’s 13 mile, 150 obstacle Rat Race was it. In the wet and muddy countryside around Burghley, Cambridgeshire, 17 Gate One Rat Racers teamed up with 3 members of Coin Street, our CSR partner, and completed the course while raising over £3,500 in support of young entrepreneurs living and working in London’s South Bank.

Two members of the crew, James Cooper and James Cumberland, took it up a gear by completing the Rat Race Double, covering an incredible 40 miles and completing 400 obstacles.

There were first time racers and those doing it for the third time. Some were apprehensive, others more excited. But ultimately, I’ve learnt that there isn’t much Gate One consultants won’t do for the sake of a great cause and a good challenge. I am not only impressed by my fellow consultants’ physical and mental strength, but blown away by the support they’ve given to our CSR partner in taking on this personal challenge and raising so much money in the process.

As Gate One’s CSR lead, I’m thrilled that all our Rat Racers triumphantly completed the challenge along with three teammates from Coin Street: Harjinder Nijjar, Daniel Gibbs and Jamie Stapylton. As Simon Dennis, Partner and one of the finishers, said: “It was awe-inspiring stuff watching so many rat racers throw themselves into the challenge with such gusto and courage.”

Taking it one step further, our Rat Race doublers – James Cooper and James Cumberland – competed for over ten hours.  Simon Dennis aptly summed their success up: “This was one of the most inspirational physical feats I’ve had the honour to witness.”

Its achievements like this that illustrate why Gate One is different. Our consultants genuinely want to make a heartfelt impact, whether that’s in the community or on client work. This is a great testament to the values within our business – our consultants have the grit, aspiration and humility to ensure they finish together as a team.

The £3,500 we have raised as part of the Rat Race adds to the time and funds we’ve already donated to Coin Street this year. I personally want to thank everyone who has supported us over the last 12 months. Your generous contributions will help Coin Street provide meaningful support within the Southwark community, making a change that has a positive effect on young entrepreneurs for years to come.


Selina is an experienced management consultant with experience in process improvement and change management. She is Gate One’s CSR lead, playing an active role in our partnership with Coin Street.