Deutsche Bank will compete this weekend against five other financial services firms in the ‘Tower to Tower’ Enduro Challenge Triathlon, one of the world’s most arduous relay races, contested across land and water between London and Paris.
This is the first year that the race will begin at the Tower of London and finish at the Eiffel Tower in Paris (last year it went from Marble Arch to the Arc de Triomphe). The first team to reach the Eiffel Tower will establish the official world record for the ‘Tower to Tower’ Enduro Challenge. Other firms participating in the fifth annual Challenge are Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse, Société Générale, Tudor Capital Europe LLP and UBS.
Since its founding in 2005, Enduro has raised in excess of £530,000 for charities across the UK. In addition to the many hours spent training, the Deutsche Bank team has been hard at work raising funds from sponsors for the Bank’s three Charities of the Year.
This year’s Deutsche Bank team members are: Huw Jones, Alex Wilson, Victoria Hampson, Arne Jacobs, Hugo Elliott, Simon Fawcett and Gareth James.
The team members will swap a baton every hour as they run 150km from London to Dover, swim 40km from Dover to Calais and cycle 300km from Calais to Pairs. The 2009 challenge will take place during suitable weather and tidal conditions between Friday 28 August and Sunday 30 August.
The official launch takes place on Friday 28 August between 9.00 and 10.00 at the Tower of London and will be hosted by Olympic gold medallist, Adrian Moorhouse, MBE.
Colin Grassie, UK Chief Executive Officer at Deutsche Bank, will co-host the event, along with his counterparts from the participating financial institutions.
Commenting on the event, Colin said, “The Enduro Challenge is an extreme test of both physical and mental endurance and we recognise the dedication and personal commitment of all teams undertaking the challenge. In this, Deutsche Bank’s fourth year competing, we wish our team the very best of luck and congratulate participating staff on their efforts in raising much-needed funds and awareness for our three charities: Angus Lawson Memorial Trust, Country Holidays for Inner City Kids and Teenage Cancer Trust.”
A Brief History of the Enduro Challenge
In 2005, having completed a number of Channel swim relays for charity, Credit Suisse challenged Morgan Stanley to a Channel Swim race. Looking for an even bigger challenge, the athletes took inspiration from the original Enduroman, Eddie Ette - the first man to complete a solo triathlon from Marble Arch to the Arc de Triomphe in 2001 – and the Enduro Challenge was born.
The race has attracted more participants from the City each year: Barclays Capital and Deutsche Bank joined the Enduro Challenge in 2006, followed by UBS in 2007, Tudor Capital in 2008 and Société Générale joined this year. Credit Suisse has won the trophy in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Morgan Stanley won the trophy in 2008.
The fundraising potential of the event continues to grow, with over £530,000 raised for charities across the UK since the Challenge began in 2005. Six teams is the limit for the event due to the availability of specialist Channel swimming pilots in Dover, but with route changes and a competitive spirit between the participating teams, the coveted trophy remains as desirable as ever.