Lawyer to take part in arctic rugby world record attempt

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Eversheds associate will strap on his snow shoes and trek 100 miles to play rugby at the north pole in charity world record attempt


Eversheds’ real estate specialist lawyer Andrew Walker is less than a fortnight away from embarking on the challenge of lifetime. He will be one of 14 hardy — and arguably slightly foolish — men who will trek 100 miles to the magnetic North Pole to set a Guinness record by playing rugby at the top of the world.

Rugby Union international Tim Stimpson and England sevens star Ollie Phillips will be joint team captains for the icy adventure. All under the expert guidance of polar adventurer Jock Wishart, who to date is the only man to have walked unsupported to a pole and rowed across an ocean.

Walker (pictured below) — a former Newcastle University student — has already raised £21,000 for the rugby-orientated UK and Ireland charity, Wooden Spoon. Ultimately, the adventurous rugby players aim to raise some £300,000 for the cause, which supports a range of projects designed to improve life for disadvantaged children and young people.


Walker — who has been at Eversheds’s Manchester office since 2013 — is the only lawyer to take part in the challenge. He will be joined by several other former rugby players, businessmen and City types.

And the charity adventure has received high-placed backing, with the young lawyer attending a reception with rugby fan HRH Princess Anne.


The challenge is expected to take around three weeks with temperatures dropping to a chilly -40c — and that’s before he’s even got into his rugby shorts.

With a constant threat of frostbite and polar bear attacks, it is sure to be an unforgettable match. You can help Walker reacher his target of £30,000 by donating here.