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.
— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) September 17, 2017
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:
1st (Matt) and 2nd (me) fastest suit marathon runners at Sydney Blackmores today. Congrats to Matt on the record! pic.twitter.com/rE6Gi0dbWs
— Michael Tozer (@MichaelTozer) September 17, 2017
(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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