As Folklaw and the team settled down for a post-work drink last Friday, we spared a brief thought for the good-hearted lawyers foregoing their Friday brews in exchange for blisters, chafe, cramps and an assortment of repetitive stress injuries that were sure to result from the annual Oxfam Trailwalker in Sydney.
Kicking off at 7am last Friday (27 August), 17 teams of legal industry bandits took to the 100 kilometre track between Brooklyn and Mosman for the notorious 48-hour Oxfam fundraising event.
Remarkably, all of the four-person teams finished the event, although many teams lost a comrade or three along the way.
Taking out the legal division was Ongoing Concern, a legal consulting and administration firm, which finished the race in an impressive 18 hours and 39 minutes (only 6 hours and 32 minutes behind the overall winners).
Team Mallesons was hot on their tails, crossing the line in 19 hours and 20 minutes with only one casualty left beind. The HDY Limpers staggered in next, with a full contingent of sore and sorry walkers, at 20 hours and 42 minutes.
Now, given the level of difficulty in actually completing the event (and the fact that Folklaw didn't even enter the contest) we will not bag out the winners of the law category wooden spoon too much.
This honour went to a team of Wisewould Mahoney workplace lawyers, named It's a Walk Off, who crawled over the line and straight towards a bottle of bubbly after 37 hours and 9 minutes on the trail.
Finishing somewhere between the top three and the wooden spooners were a swag of Middletons teams, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Blake Dawson.
And while the competition between the legal teams was customarily fierce - resulting in a serious amount of dollars raised - Folklaw awarded the best team name to the Blake Dawson/Macquarie/PWC team The Movers and Chafers: at least they were fully embracing the inevitable consequence of lycra, sweat and way too many hours of repetitive movement.
Well done everyone who gave it a run. Folklaw salutes you.