April 19, 2011

UK: Many brave and foolhardy from the financial world took to the 26.2 mile course

. LONDON / Financial News / 19 Apr 2011

London Marathon 2011: The City runners

By Sebastian Walsh

On Sunday, many of the brave and foolhardy from the financial world were seen taking to the 26.2 mile course of the London Marathon. Here are a few of those who ran and their times.

Peter Ball of JP Morgan

Philip Broadley, chief financial officer at Old Mutual, clocked in at 4 hr 38 mins in his first marathon at the age of 50. Currently, he’s gathered £88,000 on behalf of FairBridge and St Andrews Club Westminster – two charities working to improve chances for disadvantaged young people

Gerry Murphy, senior managing director at Blackstone’s corporate private equity group, is a grizzled veteran of the course, running his eighth London Marathon. So far this year he’s raised over £30,000 for Age UK, a charity supporting vulnerable older people across the country

David Johnson, global head of strategic equity origination at Citigroup, took on his second London marathon this year to help SPARKS fund research into neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer that affects children. His inspiration has come from Ellen Walker, the daughter of a close friend, who continues to fight the disease. His 3 hr 9 min completion of the course will raise over £10,000 for SPARKS.

• Fourteen Credit Suisse employees ran the marathon on behalf of the Swiss bank's UK charity of the year, The Children' s Trust, which works with children with disabilities and complex health needs. Together, they raised over £40,000 for the charity.

Duncan Buck, a partner and director at Lexicon Partners, the corporate finance advisers, completed the marathon in 4 hrs and 7 mins, raising over £8,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Andrew Widdows, senior portfolio manager at RBS, ran his first marathon on behalf of KIDS, completing the course in 4 hr 41 min. So far he has raised over £2,000 for the charity, which helps disabled children and their families across the UK.

Mark Burgess, chief investment officer at Threadneedle, complete the course in 5 hours, raising £11,000 for the British Heart Foundation

Anton Black, a South African banker at Rothschild, ran as part of his ongoing commitment to the charity African Revival, which seeks to improve the lives of rural people in southern and eastern Africa. He has already raised £3,345 for the charity this year, with Rothschild itself his biggest sponsor. He crossed the line in 4 hrs 2 mins

Peter Ball, head of institutional business at JP Morgan, came in at just over 4 hr 30mins, having raised over £4,000 for Sense, a charity for people who are both deaf and blind.

• Henderson Global Investors had four senior fund managers running the Marathon, including Jason Boyce, Ainslie McLellan and Jo Murdock

Emily Hibble, credit analyst with Macquarie, ran for British Red Cross. She finished her debut marathon in 4hr 14mins, having raised nearly £3,000 for the aid agency.

Robert Gall, head of market strategy in the financial solutions group at Insight Investment. He ran for the Rainforest Foundation, crossing the line in 4 hr 35 mins

Matthew Murtagh from Oaktree Capital Management, raised over £3,000 for the Spinal Injuries Association.• Nick Wiseman, a senior headhunter at Wilton & Bain, completed the course in 4 hr 1 min on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society.

• However, it is Andy Greenleaf  (seen in file photograph on right) - a technical analyst for Bank of America Merrill Lynch - who takes the prize, breaking the tape after 2 hrs 27 mins -- an astonishing 43rd place overall.

Courtesy: Financial News Ltd.