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Jones Day junior lawyer runs marathon in a three-piece suit

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Tells Legal Cheek he woke up at 5am every day to fit in morning run

A 25-year-old lawyer working at Jones Day’s Sydney office has broken a world record this week, namely that for ‘Fastest marathon in a suit’.

Associate Matthew Whitaker completed the Blackmores Sydney Marathon — which passes sites including the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House — donning a suit and tie. It took him two hours, 44 minutes and 29 seconds.

Whitaker was one of two people attempting to break the ‘running in a suit’ world record that day. His competitor, Oxford graduate Michael Tozer, was beaten to the title by just six minutes and 29 seconds — but he doesn’t seem too upset about it:

(Tozer did clear up that Whitaker ran the race in a waistcoat and jacket too, which he took off after crossing the finish line.)

Working at the commercial law coalface of a 43-office law firm perhaps best known for representing President Donald Trump sounds pretty exhausting, and that’s before you factor in training for a 42-kilometre race. Whitaker admitted to Legal Cheek he woke up at 5am or 5:30am every day to fit in his morning run. But he has no regrets, he says:

Sometimes it means I’m having to function on less sleep than I probably need, but I’ve literally never regretted waking up early to go for a run.

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13 Comments

Anonymous

Nothing new.

This is part of the initiation for new Solicitors there.

If they collapse on the run they’re seen as “weak” and fired.

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“42 kilometre race”?

Last time I checked the UK used miles and yards, not kilometres!

Anonymous

The race was in Australia, mate.

Anonymous

That’s racist.

Anonymous

I think the point is this is a UK legal news website – one would expect the style to be one used by that audience. The decision not to convert suggests some laziness on the author’s part.

Anonymous

Are you suggesting we’re thick and don’t know what kilogrammes are? I can work out just how many bags of sugar he was carrying. It was roughly equivalent to your mum.

Anonymous

Literally…. i had to google the conversion of km into miles.

Anonymous

Brexit

Jones "De then Re then DE equitized" Day Partner

Go back under my desk

Sir Geffroy De Joinville

Lol

Anonymous

Jones Day trainees do 5am runs already time, from the partners’ bedrooms to home

Anonymous

But how much does he bench?

Anonymous

So true

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