Trainees celebrate London Marathon triumph

Trainee solicitors and graduate recruitment partners across the country joined the thousands of people, from fun-runners to club athletes, to cross the finishing line yesterday in the 29th London Marathon.

Trainee solicitors and graduate recruitment partners across the country joined the thousands of people, from fun-runners to club athletes, to cross the finishing line yesterday in the 29th London Marathon.

More than 35,000 people pounded the streets on their 26.2-mile challenge from Greenwich to the Mall yesterday (26 April), and among those taking part was Addleshaw Goddard trainee solicitor Alex Tutty who ran the course in an impressive three hours and 26 minutes.

CMS Cameron McKenna graduate recruitment partner Simon Pilcher managed to complete the challenge in three hours and 29 minutes, helping to raise more than £5,000 for children’s charity The Rainbow Trust.

“It was an unbelievable day. The heat made it difficult but I stayed focused all the way round and managed to get round just inside my target time. The supporters really helped especially from my nominated charity the Rainbow Trust which helps families and children who have terminal illnesses,” said Pilcher.

Clifford Chance trainee Alex Dixon finished in three hours and 46 minutes, followed closely by another Addleshaws trainee Poppy Fildes who completed the circuit in four hours 40 minutes while Browne Jacobson solicitor Jacob Rickett achieved a four hour 41 minute time.

Nottingham solicitor Rickett ran 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 after he was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis which chiefly involves the joints of the lower back.

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.

As usual, many turned out in fancy dress and many thousands more ran to raise money for hundreds of charities. One running couple were married en route – at St Bride’s Church in Fleet Street – while celebrities Katie Price and Peter Andre kept the photographers waiting as they jogged in seven hours and 11 minutes after the starting gun was fired at 9.45 on Sunday