Lawyer with arthritis in London Marathon challenge

Nottingham solicitor Jacob Rickett is attempting to run the Flora London Marathon as part of a 10-race challenge, which will see him complete four-and-a-half marathons to raise £2,000 for Arthritis Care.

The 27-year-old, who works for Browne Jacobson, began running for the charity in November 2007 when he was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) which chiefly involves the joints of the lower back.

“Initially, I was in denial about the diagnosis and really took up running to prove there was nothing wrong with me. But I came to my senses and researched the information I needed to get on with managing my condition – instead of denying its existence,” he said.

This led to Rickett wanting to support Arthritis Care in raising awareness of the many forms of arthritis and how it affects people of all ages.

“Running is something I use to help manage my condition and something that makes me feel that I am in control – not the arthritis. That’s also the Arthritis Care message – we don’t have to let arthritis get the upper hand, there’s always something we can do to take back our life,” added Rickett.

Ricketts ambitious racecard includes the Atlantic Coast Challenge from Padstow to Land’s End, in Cornwall, where he plans to run three marathons in three days.

He will compete in the Flora London Marathon on 26 April during national Arthritis Care Awareness Week.

To sponsor Jacob visit www.justgiving.com/jacobrickett1

Lawyer 2B is putting together a league table for anyone who is attempting to run the Flora London Marathon this year. To be part of it and to see how you compare to Lawyer 2B’s reporter Corinne McPartland who is hoping to cross the finish line alive, email corinne.mcpartland@thelawyer.com.