Is The London Legal Walk The Shortest, Least Taxing Sponsored Walk In The History Of Sponsored Walks?

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I know it’s great to raise money for worthy causes – and I’m personally very proud of the £1,000 that I raised yesterday for my favourite charity, the College of Law – but even so, I feel it necessary to point out the elephant in the delightful Thames-side room that is the London Legal Walk.

It’s only 10 kilometres. For those unfamiliar with the metric system, that’s 6.21 miles.

6.21 miles is less than the distance that thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, of British people walk to work and back every day.

Certainly, it’s not the sort of distance that requires you to don sportswear…

Or have teams of medics on stand-by.

Still, it’s lovely to get out of the office and hang out with other lawyers. As long as you know your place and hang out with lawyers of a suitable, ahem, level. To this end, the London Legal Support Trust published a helpful “Lead and Senior Walkers” list.

“Lead” walkers were judicial and government A-listers like Lord Neuberger, Lord Judge and Keir Starmer.

“Senior” walkers were a bunch of senior QCs and partners.

And then there was everyone else. Only in the legal profession…



I don’t know anyone, in London or otherwise, who walks six miles a day to and from work. Cycles, perhaps. Also, you’re a youngish guy and this might be a breeze to you, but there was a real mix of people and six miles is a lot to some. Reminds me of an office move where 28-year-old six-foot male assistants were bemused why many secretaries had quit as “it was just an extra ten minutes’ walk” from the mainline station. No, to a middle-aged lady it was more like thirty minutes plus.



All those Maccy Ds eaten in front of your computer screen do take their toll after awhile, young man!

Fresh air and exercise is hard graft!

That’s why everyone was legging it to the pub.


Alex Aldridge

Not a reference to Trousergate, surely?


Cup half full

Think you’ll find most events with 6,000 people need first aid provision – otherwise might just get in trouble with the councils! And quite a few people run “the walk” so might indeed need sports gear. At the end of the day its a fun and powerful event showing how many people support free legal advice charities that desperately need it (as their clients desperately need them). Don’t pick holes in it, just enjoy it!



Firstly, tank you very much for walking.

The point of the walk is of course to raise that half million quid that helps to keep law centres and similar agencies afloat. So it has to be accessible to all and at 10k we get older people, children, disabled people and very busy people participating. almost anyone can join in. Without that accessibility we wouldn’t raise the amounts we do to keep law centres and advice agencies afloat.

If you feel that it’s not demanding enough we’d be delighted to see you at Walk the Thames next year.That is our other walk which walks 40 miles from Canary Wharf to Hampton Court. This year 500 lawyers and their colleagues , led by the President of the supreme Court, walked the Thames and raised £80,000.

We also organise skydives and enter marathons and lots of people do join in those.

But it’s the big May walk that raises really large amounts and that is precisely because it is accessible for all .

For me the elephant in the room isn’t anything to do with the 6,000 lawyers and colleagues who walked. It’s about the tens of thousands who didn’t.


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