A PARTNER at a city law firm is taking on a marathon to raise money for charity.

Rod Thomas, managing partner of Harrison Clark Rickerbys is running the Berlin Marathon on September 29 with the goal of raising £20,000 for the firm's charitable foundation.

Mr Thomas, who ran his last marathon 13 years ago, has taken on the challenge of running one of the world's "big six" marathons, which attracts more than 40,000 runners to celebrate the relaunch of the foundation.

Running 26.2 miles, roughly the equivalent of Worcester to Birmingham, he will put his training to the test.

Along with many 5am starts, this has included waking up a family of wild boar in the Forest of Dean.

He said: “I thought my last marathon would be the last one I did, but I’ve seen how the corporate team have taken on their year of fundraising, and I wanted to make my own contribution.

"The foundation has done great work for so many charities around our offices, raising more than £250,000 since its inception, and we want it to be able to reach so many more people.

"It will be a privilege to stand at the start line and from there on, anything could happen.

"I very much want to raise £20,000, so if people can donate on our JustGiving page, that would be excellent.

"I’m very grateful for the extremely generous support I’ve already received."

To donate to Mr Thomas' efforts, go to www.justgiving.com/campaign/HCRCTMarathon

Charities who want to apply to the foundation for support should contact Mark Thompson on 01905 744804 or email mthompson@hcrlaw.com.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has more than 500 staff and partners based at offices in Worcester, Hereford, Cheltenham, the Wye Valley, Birmingham, the Thames Valley, Cambridge and central London.

The firm provides a range of legal services to both business and private clients across the country.

The firm also has a number of teams specialising in individual market sectors, including health and social care, education, technology, agricultural and rural affairs, defence, security and the forces, and construction.