Polar Race 2005

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Charlie Newington-Bridges

Team: Northern Stars

HOME:  Islington, UK
AGE:  30
HEIGHT:  178cm (5'10")
WEIGHT:  80kg (176 lbs)
PROFESSION:  Investment Banker
INTERESTS:  Running, cricket, rugby, tennis, skiing, scuba-diving, fly-fishing and rivers generally
PRIOR EXPEDITION EXPERIENCE:  Marathon des Sables - 150 mile race across the Sahara desert, carrying all necessary equipment and food; Month spent trekking through primary rainforest in Ecuador
REASON FOR ENTERING RACE:  Life less ordinary
WEBSITE:  www.justgiving.com/charliepolarrace


I was born and brought up in Gloucestershire and educated at Clifton College and Oxford University, where I read Philosophy and Theology. I met my wife, Tamsin, at Oxford and we now have a fifteen month-old daughter, Beatrice.

I played a lot of sport at school and university - mainly rugby, hockey and cricket, but really anything with moving balls. Somewhat surprisingly for a soft southerner, I played blues (University first team) rugby league at Oxford. However, I would say I had all the interest in endurance events of your average beer drinking, but vaguely active, teenager and student.

After I left university and started work in the city, I realised that playing team sports and working long hours, sometimes including week-ends were incompatible. I did my first marathon in 1999 and it has been all downhill or rather uphill since then as I looked for increasingly challenging events.

In 2000 I had two months off between jobs and spent it trekking in primary rainforest in Ecuador, living in Indian villages. I also learnt how to dive in the Galapagos islands.

In 2002 I ran the Marathon des Sables, a 150-mile six-day race across the Sahara Desert carrying food and all provisions for a week in the Sahara, other than water, in a rucksack.

In 2003, I completed the Kindrocit quadrathlon a 14 hour race involving swimming across Loch Tay, running up and down 8 Munroes (mountains) including Ben Lawers, the highest peak in the southern Highlands, kayaking the length of the loch and cycling round it.

In between these I have competed in triathlons, run marathons in New York, Paris and London and run a double marathon along the Thames.

My motivation for doing the Polar Race, other than being a slight masochist, is a strong sense that what might be perceived as extraordinary achievements are actually within the capabilities of many of us, if we simply put our minds and bodies to it. I am also looking forward to boring my grandchildren rigid with tales of Arctic exploration!


Natexis Bleichroeder provides its institutional clients with brokerage services, order execution, share lending-borrowing, electronic order transmission and corporate finance. Natexis Bleichroeder boasts a stand-out position in an ever changing financial environment. Its operational bases in Paris, New York and London spur international distribution and transatlantic research. In all its dealings, Natexis Bleichroeder strives first and foremost to provide its customers with quality global service.



I am a keen supporter of Medecins Sans Frontiers and will be seeking to raise money for what is a very worthy cause.

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