Multinational tech companies are usually known for competing on the S&P 500, but all eyes were on the Wokingham Waterside Centre last week, where some of the world’s largest firms took to the water in a dragon boat race on the River Thames.

Over 150 competitors were signed up with 15 different teams from across Thames Valley Park.

The team from video technology platform Pexip were crowned champions in the competition, with Microsoft taking second place and Oracle securing third. It was an incredibly close race, with the top three finishing within just 0.13 seconds of each other.

All participants, including Microsoft, Huawei, Oracle, Xbox, Computercentre, Pexip, Opentext, Vistra, Norton’s Assurance, CH &co, Marsh, and David Lloyd displayed remarkable teamwork and sportsmanship throughout the thrilling day of races.

Safety and wellbeing remained a top priority, with everyone undergoing a thorough briefing and wearing life jackets. Each boat was equipped with a WWC helm, ensuring an extra layer of protection.

The race formed part of Thames Valley Park’s science-backed wellness programme. Central to this is our commitment to using the natural beauty of its river and surrounding woodland to improve workers’ physical and mental wellbeing and cognitive function.

We extend our gratitude to the competitors and spectators for making the event a memorable celebration of the importance of breaking down the barriers between work and nature.

Jason Pye, Director at Aletheia, which manages Thames Valley Park’s wellbeing and placemaking strategy said:

“While the day was full of competitive excitement, wellbeing remained the most important factor. Research has repeatedly shown us the extensive benefits of time spent in nature, and how it can reduce stress and improve cognitive function, which is of incredible value to our businesses at the Park.

We were keen to ensure the event was as inclusive as possible, and that it would act as a platform for different people from many different organisations across Thames Valley Park to meet and share ideas.

Congratulations to all the teams for their impressive performances.”