Ian Wilkinson and Greg Hingley, friends of Simon Speirs

Bristol men’s 45-mile challenge in memory of Orbis fundraiser Simon Speirs

May 2018

Two fundraisers have raced an incredible 45 miles in extreme conditions for their former work colleague, Simon Speirs, who sadly died in 2017, while raising money for Orbis in The Clipper Round the World Race.

Ian Wilkinson and Greg Hingley, from Bristol, took on a 45-mile multi-terrain ultramarathon in memory of the fellow lawyer and avid yachtsman, who was described by the people who knew him as an ‘inspirational guy’, ‘a true gentleman’, ‘determined’ and ‘generous.’

Following a memorial service for Simon - a devoted father of-four and former solicitor at city firm Osborne Clarke - Ian was inspired to do something to add to Simon’s Orbis fundraising total of nearly £15,000 and enlisted the help of his friend Greg to run the Green Man Ultra.

Simon Speirs, Orbis fundraiser

The two runners took on the challenge in memory of 'inspirational' Simon Speirs

The race takes place in March and loops around Bristol. Being in spring, the race is often muddy, providing challenging conditions, but the stunning backdrop of the city and countryside surrounding it more than makes up for it.

The pair felt that as Simon sailed single-handedly around the Isle of Man in a dinghy and had been sailing round the world, the tough feat was in line with his spirit.

Speaking about running in Simon’s memory, Ian said: “We were all in awe of Simon because he had achieved great things, all the while being a thoroughly decent chap and an excellent lawyer to his clients.”

Ian Wilkinson and Greg Hingley, friends of Simon Speirs, doing the Green Man Ultra

Despite muddy running conditions, Greg and Ian successfully finished the race

“He loved the idea of helping develop and support people and had an incredible sense of fun. It wasn’t so much that he was funny or a big character in the room, but he would get completely involved.”

Ian Wilkinson

Simon's colleague and Orbis fundraiser

Ian Wilkinson doing the Green Man Ultra

Ian pictured wading through water to finish the Green Man Ultra

Ian Wilkinson and Greg Hingley after the Green Man Ultra, brandishing their medals

The two pictured with their medals after completing the race and adding to Simon's Orbis fundraising total

“One of Simon’s clients wrote to me after his death to say that the world was a poorer place for his passing. That is certainly true."

“Simon, we will miss you.”

Well done Ian and Greg! What a fantastic achievement.

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