A year on… The Cripps Pemberton Greenish Triathlon 2017
This week, the trainee solicitor blog team explain more about Cripps Pemberton Greenish’s sport-themed charity work during the summer.
Support through sport
A year ago Cripps Pemberton Greenish put on a series of sporting events over the summer, collectively named “Get Cripps Pemberton Greenish to Rio!”, to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society (read more here). It was an outstanding success, both in terms of fundraising for a great cause and for getting people active. A year on, we couldn’t help but try for a similar goal for our current charity of the year, Teenage Cancer Trust. We set ourselves a new mission: to collectively complete the distance of the world’s longest triathlon, 4,200 miles, over six weeks of summer, to raise £2,500.
The challenge kicked off with the Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk over the weekend of 5-6 August. Senior partner, Clare Hyland, and her husband led a group of committed hikers through beautiful areas of Kentish countryside. The walks spanned Speldhurst, Langton Green, Eridge and Frant, and together covered over 27.5 miles.
Next up was the Kings Hill Boat Race on 10 August, in which various teams competed in a relay race for the fastest 5 km. The winning team completed 5 km in an impressive 18 minutes 30 seconds. Commercial lawyer Elliot Fry also finished a solo 5 km in an incredible 18 minutes and 51 seconds. For all our hard work, though, this only added 10 miles to the firm’s collective total. 4,200 seemed like a long way to go …
Between events, participants racked up the miles by walking, running, cycling, swimming and rowing to cover as many miles as they could. To win the Triathlon, participants had to compete in all three of the sports categories, which were grouped into cycling, walking/running and swimming/rowing. Meanwhile, the teams were also battling it out in the great ‘Battle of the Divisions’. Here, the corporate, real estate, private client and business services competed to see who could collectively cover the most distance. This was won by some distance and for the second year running by the corporate team. The individual prize was won by Janet Lazell who covered a phenomenal 601 miles. Janet consistently rode around 100 miles a week on the bike.
Tour de Cripps Pemberton Greenish
The season of sport culminated with the annual Tour de Cripps Pemberton Greenish on 15 September. The cyclists completed a 100km route around the firm’s Kent offices, and this year added in a stop-off in Headcorn (just for fun!). This was the third time the firm has held a cycling event in the summer, varying the route slightly each time. The Tour always proves a highlight of the season. Those not participating in the cycle received updates and photos throughout the day to boost fundraising activity. The weary cyclists were met at the finish line with a ribbon (orange, of course) and a much-needed glass of prosecco. Everyone headed up to celebrate in the Sky Lounge afterwards for a prize ceremony and announcement of the total raised.
Thanks to the flurry of donations in the last week, we smashed the fundraising target raising well over £3,000. Our fundraising is still ongoing and you can access our JustGiving page here. Thanks to everyone’s efforts I think it’s fair to say that we lived up to the high bar set by last year. We look forward to another season of sport next summer!