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Organisers of the Mercer Surrey Half Marathon are delighted to welcome back Morrisons Solicitors as partners of the Mercer Surrey Half Marathon for a second year. The event takes place at Woking Leisure Centre on 11 March 2018. Enter now.

The firm increased their involvement in the event from 2017, to become title sponsors of  The Corporate Challenge. The challenge gives runners the opportunity to run the half marathon as part of a team – to represent their company, branch and or department.

Morrisons Solicitors have a team of 10 runners taking part to represent the firm and raise money for their partner charity. The team includes:

  • Peter Savage – Partner, Head Corporate and Commercial, Woking
  • Catherine Fisher – Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, Woking
  • Zak Raza – Paralegal, Commercial Property, Woking
  • Abigail Pfister – Associate Solicitor, Private Client, Wimbledon
  • Joel Gocool – Trainee Solicitor, Dispute Resolution, Wimbledon
  • George Holmes – Paralegal, Dispute Resolution, Wimbledon
  • Kyle Correia – Paralegal, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence, Wimbledon
  • Graham Halsall – Partner, Dispute Resolution, Redhill
  • Mike Jackson – Marketing & BD Director, Redhill

With just under a month to go, we caught up with the team to find out how they’re getting on…

So team – are enjoying the training?

Mike – “Really enjoying it – I’m just coming back from a year off with injuries, so after taking it easy over the winter I’m now trying to get out on more long runs – but picking up lots of colds and bugs hasn’t helped.”

Abi – “It’s just so cold. I am not a runner and try to avoid it if I can, you will normally find me in the local Crossfit box lifting weights or climbing ropes instead.”

Catherine – “Struggling with injuries – and last week was particularly hard, as I was away skiing and forcing myself onto the treadmill after 5 hours’ hard skiing every day, when everyone else was in the bar or the sauna, was horrible – everything hurt!”

George – “More than I thought I would.”

Joel – “It is always fun to run through the streets like Rocky training for a fight, I might even make a montage”.


Why are you doing the Mercer Surrey Half?

Zak – “Until I started training for the SH I hadn’t run more than 5k before….so I wanted the challenge of a half marathon to get me motivated.”

Peter – “I did it last year and wanted to come back and beat my time – I’m also doing the London marathon this year so this is a nicely timed training race.”

Catherine – “Mid-life crisis.”

Graham – “I signed up last year, but had to pull out – so really looking forward to getting out on what looks like a great course.”

Joel – “I did it last year and would, ideally, like to beat my time.”

George – “ “I was told by colleagues that after c. 7 years of not exercising I would be incapable of running a half marathon. They forget that I am always right, so I am running to prove this point.”

Mike – “I did a PB in this race a few years ago and loved the event. Not sure I’ve done enough training to get a PB this time….but you never know.”


What’s the first thing you’re going to do after the race?

Catherine – “Throw my trainers away.”

Abi – “I’m really looking forward to that feeling of accomplishment after finishing the run….then I’ll collapse… and then have a Gin & Tonic!”

George – “After collecting our joint winners’ medals, Joel and I will celebrate with a couple of drinks”.

Joel – “After collecting our joint winners’ medals, George and I will celebrate with a couple of drinks”.

Peter – “Focus on the London marathon.”

Graham – “Hobble to the nearest pub.”

Mike – “Rush home – it’s mothers day!”

If you – like many of the Morrisons Solicitors team – would like to head into Woking Town Centre to celebrate after the run; there are a number of “race day deals” available at various pubs and restaurants.