19 March 2012 – Media Release

Canary Wharf fires the starting gun on a superb line-up of summer 2012 sporting events

As the world’s sporting elite descend on London this summer, Canary Wharf Arts & Events has unveiled its own spectacular sporting calendar in the world famous business and shopping district.

Canary Wharf’s vertiginous towers will provide a superb backdrop to the mostly free world-class sport on offer in 2012, including the Canary Wharf Squash Classic, Halfords Tour Series and GE Canary Wharf Triathlon to the highly-anticipated Motorexpo – the UK’s largest free motor show.


From 19 to 23 March, Canary Wharf serves up an annual favourite, the Canary Wharf Squash Classic – London’s premier squash tournament. Under the spectacular dome of the East Wintergarden, some of the world’s best squash players, including UK reigning champion James Willstrop, will go head-to-head in this PSA International 50 event.

New for 2012 is the ‘Squash a Mile’ challenge – a unique and extremely challenging variation on the Sport Relief Mile. Raising money for Sport Relief 2012, players from all corners of the UK will be sponsored to run an impressive 165 lengths of a squash court in a record time. The fastest four runners will be invited to compete at the Canary Wharf final on 23 March.


On 22 April 2012, some 35,000 Virgin London Marathon runners wind their way through central London in arguably the world’s greatest marathon. Canary Wharf has developed a reputation as one of the best spectator spots on the course, thanks to more than 200 shops, bars and restaurant and plentiful vantage points amongst the parks and plazas.

The runners view Canary Wharf less favourably because of its reputation for being the point at which many ‘hit the wall’. Friends and family head to Canary Wharf to show their support at a crucial point of the race. Others come to spot some of the celebrity participants or take advantage of the exclusive offers, such as Boisdale of Canary Wharf’s magnificent champagne breakfast.


Those with a head for heights can enjoy a bird’s eye view of Canary Wharf from the top of a 230ft Canary Wharf skyscraper on 5 and 6 May. The Canary Wharf Charity Abseil offers an opportunity for budding James Bonds to scale one of London’s most impressive buildings while raising money for Scope, a charity supporting disabled people and their families through independent living, education and employment opportunities.


Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, the Canary Wharf Jog returns on the evening of 23 May. Raising money for The British Heart Foundation, local residents, workers and visitors run, jog or walk their way around the unique 10km course, making it one of Canary Wharf’s most virtuous after-work activities.


For those who prefer a slightly slower pace, the Richard House Children’s Hospice Sleep Walk will be strolling through Canary Wharf on the evening of 26 May. This year’s Sleep Walk will see crowds of fervent fundraisers in pyjamas and nightcaps, walking the eight-mile route from London City Airport and back, through Canary Wharf in aid of The Richard House Children’s Hospice.


On 31 May Canary Wharf gears up for the Halfords Tour Series. Part of a testing two months of competitions, the country’s ten best cycling teams will battle it out in the heart of London in the seventh round of this gladiatorial contest. Among those taking part in the race will be Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy (Rapha Condor Sharp), bronze medallist Steven Burke (Team IG Sigma Sport) and Team GB cyclist and Tour De France stage winner Magnus Backstedt (Team UK Youth).


Motorexpo is set to rev-up proceedings at Canary Wharf from 11 – 17 June as over 400,000 car enthusiasts visit the UK’s largest free motor show. In a week-long celebration of automotive achievement, the famous business and shopping district will showcase an astonishing array of many of the world’s latest and greatest vehicles from leading motor manufacturers such as Bentley, BMW, Jaguar, Lotus, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Vauxhall and many more.


For an exhilarating evening of sporting excellence the GE Canary Wharf Triathlon brings the some of the world’s top male and female tri-athletes to Canary Wharf on 28 June as part of the British Triathlon Super Series. In this Super Sprint Eliminator event, competitors will go head-to-head through series of heats culminating in a gruelling 400m swim, 10km cycle and 2km sprint to the finish line.


Canary Wharf ‘s popular table tennis event Ping! returns from 13 – 22 July, with five full size tables in Jubilee Place shopping mall where everyone is welcome to play, compete, learn from professional coaches or just watch sporting legends in showcase matches. This year’s Canary Wharf Ping! event forms part of the London’s wider Street Ping Pong Project, in partnership with ETTA (English Table Tennis Association).


Throughout the summer, Canary Wharf will bring some of the most exciting sporting events to the big screens in Canada Square Park. From fast-paced Formula 1 Grand Prix to the British Golf Open Championship, Wimbledon tennis and starting with Royal Ascot – the Summer Screens make for a perfect setting for a picnic in the sunshine or an alfresco drink at one of the Park Pavilion bars or restaurants.


For further information, please contact:

Rosie Kempson/Clarissa Knox
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411
E: rkempson/cknox@thecommunicationgroup.co.uk

Hamish McDougall
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075
E: Hamish.mcdougall@canarywharf.com



Canary Wharf Squash Classic
19 – 23 March 2012
East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, E4
Doors open 4.30pm Mon-Wed, 5pm Thurs and Friday
Tickets between £15 and £45
Visit canarywharfsquash.com for more information

Virgin London Marathon
Sunday 22 April 2012
Throughout Canary Wharf
Visit virginlondonmarathon.com for more information

Canary Wharf Charity Abseil in aid of Scope
Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 May 2012
50 Bank Street, Canary Wharf
Visit scope.org.uk for more information

Canary Wharf Jog
23 May 2012
starts at Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14
Visit bhf.org.uk for more information

26 May 2012
Through Canary Wharf
Visit richardhouse.org.uk for more information

Halfords Tour Series
Thursday 31 May 2012
Throughout Canary Wharf
Visit tourseries.co.uk for more information

11 – 17 June 2012
Monday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm
Throughout Canary Wharf
Visit motorexpo.com for more information

Canary Wharf Triathlon
Thursday 28 June 2012
Throughout Canary Wharf
Visit britishtriathlonsuperseries.com for more information

13 – 22 July 2012
Weekdays 11am – 5.30pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 12pm – 6pm
Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf, E14

Canary Wharf Summer Screens
From 21 June 2012
Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14


About Canary Wharf Arts & Events

The Canary Wharf Arts & Events team produces and facilitates more than 100 events each year, many of which are world-class and premieres. The majority of these events are free and enjoyed by those who work at Canary Wharf, the surrounding community and visitors. Its diverse programme ranges from music concerts, comedy nights, film seasons, outdoor festivals and dance performances to street theatre, sporting events, charity initiatives, theatre shows and art exhibitions.

About Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG)

Canary Wharf Group has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 18 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year. 20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted.

Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.
95,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.
Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.