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What is an Ultra Marathon?

15th July 2017

An Ultra Marathon is much more extreme than a marathon, in fact most runners will run the equivalent of two marathons a week and will enter a normal marathon race every three weeks just to train for it. Ultra Marathons are at least 8km further, cross country and runners have to carry their own supplies so they can be carrying enough food and water with them because there are limited water stops. On top of that Ultra Marathon runners can also look forward to chafing, stomach aches, hallucinations, blurred vision, cuts, bruises, hypothermia, mussel cramps, stress fractures and even losing the odd toe nail or two.

It's obviously not for the faint hearted so you can imagine how pleased we were when friend and supplier to the BBA, Neil, asked if he could run on our behalf. Neil will be attempting The Chiltern Challenge on the Saturday 15th July 2017 so please show him your full support and donate to his JustGiving page by clicking on the button opposite.

We will of course be updating this story after the event to let you know how he got on.

Neil's Chiltern Challenge 2017 

Saturday 15 July 2017, 09.35

"For the past four years, my IT company, NECL, has been advising and assisting the BBA with all their computer needs. 

Working closely with the Barristers Benevolent Association we appreciate the valuable work they do in helping past and present practising members of the bar in England and Wales including the judiciary, their families and dependants.

Given our close working relationship, I am delighted to have the opportunity to undertake some fundraising by running the Chiltern Challenge Ultra Marathon. which takes place on 15th July 2017.

For those of you who know me, I am a keen club runner who has completed three marathons (26.2 miles) and a number of half marathons (13.1 miles). The Chiltern Challenge with a distance of 31 miles is beyond any distance I have ran before. It will take months of training and preparation as well as a huge effort and a little luck on the day. 

I really hope that you can support me by making a donation for this very worthwhile cause."


Legal Charities Garden Party

6th July 2017

The Legal Charities Garden Party (LCGP) was six years in the planning and was largely the brainchild of Dennis Gordon, the principal founder of the Holborn Law Society. It was set up with the express aim of raising funds for charities which provide financial support for lawyers (and their dependents) who find themselves in need. Dennis Gordon, together with Allan Judd (who had been Mayor of Holborn and the third President of the Holborn Law Society) considered possible venues and the first Garden party was held in Gray's Inn on 6 June 1968. The following month, the Law Society Gazette reported that: “The [Holborn Law] Society held a highly successful garden party on the lawns of Gray’s Inn. The proceeds of the party, which was organised in aid of the Solicitors’ Benevolent Association, amounted to nearly £350”. There followed a full page of photographs.

It was decided to repeat the occasion the following year, but to change the venue to Lincoln's Inn, which was more central. The LCGP has taken place in Lincoln's Inn every year since then up until 2015 when it moved to Gray's Inn to allow for Lincoln's Inn redevelopment works.

Mishaps have been few. Rain could be a disaster, save for the benchers of Lincoln’s Inn generously putting both the Great Hall and the Old Hall at the disposal of the event; that said, we have generally been lucky with the weather over the years and, only on a tiny number of occasions, has the party had to adjourn indoors. In 1972 there occurred another kind of mishap. H.R.H. Princess Margaret was the chief guest. That year marked the centenary of the Barristers’ Benevolent Association, of which she was Patron, as well as being an Honorary Bencher of Lincoln's Inn. In order that money should not be seen to be changing hands in the presence of Royalty, the cost of unlimited champagne was added to the price of the ticket. Perhaps, inevitably, the champagne ran out!

The pattern of the party has changed – but only modestly - over the years. Originally, tickets were bought solely by individuals. Since the early "noughties", however, more and more firms and chambers have recognised the opportunity for their own entertaining and "corporate supporters" (who are permitted to set up their own tables at the edge of the lawn ) are now actively encouraged.


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