This week at Berg we have 3 people running different marathons, for amazing reasons. We have a fantastic team at Berg, and we like to champion them both inside, and outside of work. So here’s a little bit of information about the people running;
Luke Ainsworth, ran the London Marathon.
Luke Ainsworth, a trainee solicitor in the litigation department, ran the London Marathon on the 13th April. The London Marathon is one of the most popular marathons to run, with
around 36,000 runners competing. This year Mo Farah, double Olympic gold medalist, also ran his first marathon in the elite competition.
Luke decided to run the marathon as he’s always looking for a new challenge, and to build upon the previous 10k and half marathon runs he has also completed. He’s also running to raise money for a local children’s charity called ‘When you Wish Upon A Star’
who grant ‘wishes’ for terminally ill children and make lasting memories for them and their families – for example they may get to meet their favourite film character in Disneyland!!
Luke was looking forward to the atmosphere on the day, and says it ‘will be fantastic with all the support from other runners, family, friends and spectators.’ He’s going to be put to the test after many gruelling hours in training over the past 6 months, and
hopefully plans to cross the finish line in a time of less than four hours. Not to mention raising lots of money for charity!
Luke finished the race in 3 hours 50, just under his target of 4 hours!
If you would like to donate to Luke’s chosen charity, please go to
Luke’s Virgin Giving page.
Maria Jones ran the Greater Manchester Marathon.
Maria Jones, Berg’s Commercial Director ran the Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday 6th April. This was Maria’s first marathon, previously doing a 10km run 6 years ago. After starting to go to the gym last summer, she signed up for the marathon a few
weeks later, as a personal challenge. Maria stated ‘I’m a great believer in setting yourself goals so I decided to set myself one of running the marathon.’
Maria decided she’d also like to use the opportunity to raise a bit of money for charity – speaking about the charities she chose and why; ‘The charities I chose were The Mark Gorry Foundation which is a charity set up by a group of people I used to work with.
It was set up by Mark Gorry when he was in the last stages of his fight with testicular cancer. He was the most amazing person to work with and it was horrible for everyone seeing him go through something so horrible when he should have been looking forward
to a fantastic life and career. The team do some fantastic work raising awareness and funds to help with the research in to testicular cancer. The second charity is Wood Street Mission. They are based in the centre of Manchester and raise money to help disadvantaged
children in the Manchester and Salford area. They do some wonderful work with families to provide support and provide them with items they need, and date back to the mid 19th century.’
A huge well done for crossing the finish line and raising money for amazing charities!
If you would like to support either of these charities please go to
Maria’s Just Giving page to donate to the Wood Street Mission.
Go to Maria’s Virgin Giving page to donate to The Mark Gorry Foundation.
Damian Carter ran the Manchester Marathon and is going to run the Berlin Marathon.
Damian Carter, Berg’s head of Litigation ran the Manchester marathon, as a warm up for the Berlin Marathon, which he is running in September.
Damian said ‘Getting up at 6 in the morning to train through the dark winter months and also running up to 20k after work have been a challenge but the joy of finishing the marathon have made it all worthwhile. I now have a few weeks off before I have to start
the marathon training all over again!’
Damian is raising funds to support the Alzheimer’s Society, If you would like to support him, please go to
Damian’s Just Giving page.
‘This is a charity which is close to my heart as my father was diagnosed with this illness last year and I lost my father-in-law to this illness.’
Once again congratulations to all our marathon runners! We’re proud to have such an inspiring team here at Berg. Running is somewhat woven into the culture of our firm with founder
Reuben Berg also a keen runner and marathon competitor.
But running is just the tip of the iceberg –
meet our people to find out more about what makes them tick.