City lawyers lace up for Peterborough half marathon and charity run

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Three months of training is almost at an end for city lawyer Martin Herson – who will join Buckles Solicitors colleagues for this month’s Peterborough half marathon.

A team from the Peterborough law  firm will be on the starting line up for Perkins Great Eastern Run on Sunday 12 October – either for the full 13 miles or the 5km fun run.

Buckles Solicitors will also be sponsoring the water stations throughout the route – providing participants, including some members of staff, with some much needed fluid intake along the way.

And staff from the city centre office also have the chance to boost their training in the company’s onsite gym.

For lawyer Martin, a personal injury/medical negligence lawyer, it is a return to the event he first took part in around 15 years ago!

Confessing to trying to boost his fitness levels during the last year or so, Martin is not underestimating the challenge ahead, particularly as his wife Kellie will be joining him on the starting line.

He said: “Kellie was initially joining me in a get fitter regime but had been persuaded by friends to train and enter. Therefore the run has become a personal challenge for us both, but with the advantage of raising money in the process.

“For me, the gym here is a fantastic resource and is ideal for a shorter lunchtime session or a longer after work run. Our location also means a lunchtime run by the river to the rowing lake and back works really well.”

Martin will be running in aid of Buckles’ chosen charity Anna’s Hope – which has also prompted employment lawyer Katharine Holliday to step out in support of the good cause, complete with her fairy wings!

Katharine will be taking part in the 5km fun run with a friend and her friend’s seven-year-old daughter.

She said: “We’ve supported Anna’s Hope at Buckles this year and I’ve got to know the charity and the Hughes family quite well – it’s a lovely charity to support.

“I considered doing the half marathon, but I’m not a very accomplished runner so thought that the shorter distance would be more enjoyable, especially as I’m running with my friend, Rachel Wiltshire, and her daughter Elsie (my goddaughter).

“We plan to dress up as fairies, which I’m sure will add to the challenge – I don’t imagine that the fairy wings are particularly aerodynamic. I’ve done some training, (although not in the fairy gear!), and I think I will be fine with the distance. I’m just hoping to raise as much as I can for the charity.”

Buckles staff have already raised over £3,500 for the East of England’s leading children’s brain tumour charity Anna’s Hope through a series of events – and as a business are hoping to further boost coffers through the GER.

To support them visit:

www.justgiving.com/Buckles-solicitors-great-eastern-run2014

www.justgiving.com/Buckles-solicitors-annas-hope-fun-run2014

Buckles Solicitors colleagues taking part in the Perkins Great Eastern Run and 5km Anna’s Hope Fun Run; left to right: Helen Blake, Helen Warner, Martin Herson and Abigail Walters