Northampton legal firm staff raise £4,000 in overnight charity walk

Staff from Howes Percival took part in the Rutland Plod
Staff from Howes Percival took part in the Rutland Plod

Staff from Northampton legal firm Howes Percival put their best feet forward when they braved torrential rain and storms to take first and second prize in a walking competition held earlier this month.

The firm entered four teams, 18 staff in all, into the Rutland Round Plod, held on Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4.

The endurance event is organised by Action Medical Research for Children and saw 120 walkers setting off at midnight on July 3.

The walkers endured torrential rain and thunder and lightning to walk 20 or 40 miles around Rutland raising funds for charity.

Staff from the company’s Cambridge, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Norwich offices raised more than £4,000 for the charity.

Jane Cowley, who completed the 40 mile walk, said: “The Rutland Round Plod is not for the fainthearted!

“Heading-off at midnight and walking through the night adds a completely different dimension to the trek across the Rutland countryside.

“It was the toughest physical challenge many of us have taken on and the weather was absolutely horrendous.

“We walked 40 miles from midnight, in the dark and though torrential rain and thunder storms in just over 13 hours, but, it’s all in a good cause and with the kind support of colleagues and clients we hope to raise a lot of money for Action Medical Research. Our 20 mile winning teams also did incredibly well, finishing in just over six hours.”