SYDNEY’S LAWYERS were in the thick of the record 63,000 entrants in this year’s City to Surf run.
More than 300 Clayton Utz staff members took part in the 14 kilometre event. With a time of 57.36 minutes, Malcolm Eadie was the firm’s fastest, closely followed by Luis Izzo (63.19 minutes) and Joshua Knuckey (63.37 minutes).
Around 90 employees competed from Freehills. The firm’s best result was obtained by Jenny Dallaway of the corporate group, who finished fifth fastest in the women’s field with a time of 49.33 minutes.
A source at Allens Arthur Robinson said he was confident Allens would repeat its first place legal running team effort of 2005. With 75 representatives, the firm’s notable competitors included Tom Highman (who came 59th with a time of 48.1 minutes), Dylan Matthews, Andrew Dyer, Ash Bleeker and Carolyn Morley.
The same number ran for firm Blake Dawson Waldren. Sean Tully, a corporate practice lawyer, was the first across the finish line with a time of 54.25 minutes, trailed by Rob Carden in IT (64.03 minutes).
Another group from Mallesons Stephen Jaques were in it for more than just the fun of the occasion. Four women from the firm are training for the upcoming JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge Championship in New York City. To be held in October this year, Katie Duff, Kate Messiter, Caroline Sweeny and Samantha Thompson comprise the only all-female team from Australia to compete in the 5.6 kilometre dash through Central Park.
In preparation for the New York championship race, the four women regularly participate together in the 6 kilometre fortnightly Corporate Cup series in Sydney’s Botanic Gardens and the Domain.
The firm said that each of the women is currently training on an almost daily basis. Duff, a client administrator in Mallesons’ finance team, has been running since the age of 12 and has previously won triathlons in Victoria.
Messiter, a mergers and acquisitions lawyer, used to be a school state-level swimmer and triathlete. “If I have to work through lunch, I go running in the afternoon,” she said.
An avid ski racer, Sweeney works as a project finance senior associate. Aside from the New York championship, she is training for the ITU Triathlon World Championships in Switzerland in September.
Thompson is a personal assistant in the construction team. “As a child I used to do cross country runs and got to state level. Funnily enough my mum always used to say then ‘Imagine what you could achieve if you trained,’” she said.