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Champion jockey and 'Gladiator' to launch 490km 'Tower to Tower' Enduro Challenge
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Posted on: Thursday 26th August 2010

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This year's ‘Tower to Tower' Enduro Challenge Triathlon will be launched by Alzheimer's Society celebrity supporters, three times Champion Jockey Richard Dunwoody MBE, along with professional wrestler and actor Nick Aldis aka ‘Oblivion' from Sky 1 programme ‘Gladiators'.

The Enduro Challenge Triathlon is one of the world's most arduous relay races, contested across land and water between London and Paris, and four leading financial services firms, Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and UBS, will be joined for the first time by a City All Star team as they prepare to compete.

This is the second year that the race will begin at the Tower of London and finish at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The City All Star team is participating for the first time this year. The team comprises individuals from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Capstone Investment Advisors, Credit Suisse, Standard Chartered, Toscafund and Vantage Capital Markets.

Richard Dunwoody MBE is one of Britain's most successful jockeys ever. He is no stranger to endurance challenges himself, having successfully conquered a 48-hour, 680-mile trek to the South Pole for charity in 2008.

Richard said: “I am proud to launch the ‘Tower to Tower' Enduro Challenge Triathlon. This event will very much test the mental strength of the participants as well as their physical prowess, but most of all a challenge like this calls for great team spirit. I'm confident these dedicated athletes will be successful, particularly as they are supporting such fantastic charities which will provide inspiration to spur them on at any difficult times. I wish everyone the best of luck for their journey to Paris.”

Clients, colleagues and friends are sponsoring the squads, each of which will donate the proceeds to their firm's chosen charity. Since its founding in 2005, Enduro has raised in excess of £700,000 for charities across the UK.

The race is contested by teams of six people, who swap a baton every hour as they run 150 km from London to Dover, swim 40 km from Dover to Calais and cycle 300 km from Calais to Paris. This year's challenge will take place during suitable weather and tidal conditions between Friday, August 27 and Sunday, August 29.

The event will be co-hosted by Daniel Globerson, Head of Risk, Finance, and ESS IT at Barclays Capital; Stefano Toffolo, Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation Trustee and Head of Global Cash Securities Operations; John Willis, Global Head of Equity Research, Asset Management and Chair of Charity of the Year at Deutsche Bank and Richard Hardie, Vice Chair of UBS, Ltd. Alf Fajardo, a club volunteer coach at Shiners FC and a beneficiary of Access Sport, will speak on behalf of the City All Star team.

Barclays Capital is supporting Give a Future, Credit Suisse's Charity of the Year 2010 is Alzheimer's Society and UBS is supporting The Bridge Academy, Hackney. Deutsche Bank is supporting the Marine Conservation Society. The City All Star team will fundraise for Access Sport through their participation in the Enduro Challenge.

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