April 28, 2016

* Barristers and staff cycled over 1,000 miles – on stationary bikes

* Raised over £4,500 for Headway, the charity that aims to improve life after brain injury

* 12-hour event took place at ProSpin in Ashley on 27 April.


A team of barristers from St John’s Buildings rode through Europe – on stationary “spin” bikes. Their aim was to cycle as far as possible in 12 hours, with only comfort breaks allowed. They set off at 6am and by 6pm their combined distance was 1036 miles. If they had been out on the road, they’d have passed Zurich and Milan and be heading towards Rome!

The team included Head of Chambers and Manchester’s Barrister of the Year 2016 Sally Harrison QC, along with barristers Elisabeth Cooper, Philippa Waddell, Guy Mathieson, Nicholas Price, Ben Kelly, Gareth Thompson, as well as CEO Chris Ronan and Senior Civil Clerk Chris Shaw.

The mammoth challenge was part of St John’s Buildings’ year of fundraising for Headway, the charity that aims to improve life after brain injury. St John’s Buildings are Charity Baton Holders for Headway throughout 2016.

You can support their challenge by visiting

Ellis Keay from Headway commented: “We are so grateful to you all for taking on this challenge. Thanks to you, the thousands of people who turn to us each year for support, information and guidance will be able to access the vital services that will allow them to begin to rebuild their lives.”