Members and staff from St John’s Chambers took part in the Bristol 10k running event on Sunday 20th May 2012 as part of the Clarke Wilmott Business Challenge. Braving the chilling Sunday morning air, the St John’s team assembled in Bristol’s Millennium Square and College Green, respectively along with 10,000 other runners, to undertake this challenge. For some this was their first run looking to raise money for charity and set a respectable finishing time while more seasoned runners aimed to set a new personal best matching or even beating their previous years’ record.
The first Bristol 10k took place in 2008 attracting over 5000 participants. Since then it has become an internationally renowned event with elite athletes and fun runners travelling from all over the world to take part. The route takes runners from the @Bristol Centre on Anchor Road, along some of the city’s most scenic areas and monuments including the site of the historic floating harbour, Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge as well as much of its working docks and along the cobbled streets of the city centre itself.
St John’s teams represented chambers proudly with some impressive first times from 50 minutes to just over an hour. The seasoned runners saw their previous times beaten by as much as ten minutes setting a new personal best for many of them. Staff also raised £250 for Macmillan Cancer Support and £280 for the children’s charity Bernardo’s, with donations still coming through. A great time was had by all, at times gruelling and even an injury or two, but the atmosphere was simply electric with an abundance of good cheer for a cold Sunday morning fuelled further by the Olympic spirit gripping the city with the impending arrival of the torch and the mounting excitement of the games soon to be held.