Lawyers Take On Snowdonia Challenge For Charity

Irwin Mitchell Team Endures Eight Hour Cycle, Hike and Kayak For Regain


By Dave Grimshaw

A team of intrepid explorers from law firm Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office took on the challenge of their lives in a bid to raise funds for sporting injury charity Regain.

John Whiting, Jon Scarsbrook, Phil Tomkinson and Rob Watson from the Motor team took part in the 2013 Snowdonia Challenge to cycle 40 miles around Snowdon, hike up and down the mountain before kayaking around Llyn Gwynant.

Snowdon is the highest point in England and Wales, at an altitude of 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) above sea level.

Phil Tomkinson, Associate Director at Irwin Mitchell, said: “Given none of us are especially competent cyclists or mountaineers, and are certainly not proficient at kayaking, we were a little apprehensive – especially when we had to provide details of our next of kin before starting!

“At Irwin Mitchell we often witness the devastating impact injuries can have on accident victims lives and it inspired us to do something extra to help.

“We just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who sponsored us for our Snowdonia Challenge. We set ourselves a target of nine hours to complete the course and raise £2,000 in sponsorship, and I’m delighted to say that we managed to beat both targets.”

The team of four completed the event in 8 hours, 31 minutes bringing them home in 33rd position out of the 71 teams competing and their current total stands at over £2,200. Regain is hoping to raise over £150,000 in total from the event.

Regain which is a charity which helps rebuild the lives of men and women who suffer catastrophic injuries following a sporting accident. To learn more about the charity please visit

The Irwin Mitchell team can still be sponsored via their Just Giving webpage at

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