A Squire Patton Boggs partner who was accused by ignorant spectators of cheating in the London marathon has been absolved of any wrongdoing.
Nick Helm, an infrastructure partner based in the firm's Manchester officer, ran the London marathon on 28 April this year in aid of the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind. He clocked a very respectable time of 3 hours 53 minutes and 36 seconds.
Helm's nipple-chafing effort should have attracted applause. However, a fun-loving armchair pundit got into the spirit of things by calling the lawyer a "cheat" on Twitter, claiming that Helm started the race partway through the course by running out from behind some bins:
Shame him, ban him, burn him. Oh hang on...
The tweet was picked up by the national press, which included a video of Helm emerging to join the pack:
But even The Sun was forced to recognise that Helm had gone through all the checkpoints and so, erm, wasn't actually cheating at all. Helm's official race times also provided irrefutable proof that he had gone over the start line. In fact the lawyer was only guilty of getting caught short, a fairly common occurrence during a 26.2 mile race.
Helm now joins an elite group of athletes to have made headlines at the London marathon, albeit for needing to take a piss behind some bins* rather than breaking records or crawling over the line.
Helm told RollOnFriday, “This was my first marathon and if the rather unexpected interest in my call of nature prompts a few more people to donate money to the Guide Dogs for the Blind and beat my target of £2,500, I would be very grateful.”
In recognition of Helm's marathon effort and for being a good sport, please dig deep-ish and donate to his page here.
*He couldn't find a bogg.