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Re: “Lawyers on the Run: The Role
of Running in the Lives of B.C.
Lawyers and Judges”
(2017) 75 Advocate 689
A group of Victoria lawyers read
Connor Bildfell’s excellent article
on “The Role of Running in the
Lives of B.C. Lawyers and Judges”
in the September edition of the
Advocate with appreciation. The
appreciation comes from a shared
love for the multifaceted benefits
of running that contribute to a professional
life. Nevertheless, Mr.
Bildfell may be forgiven for being
unaware of the following remarkable
In the article, passing mention is
made of Richard Margetts, Q.C.
Beyond reference to Richard’s
speedy performance in a 10K race,
what is missing, in part, is the
number of sub three hour, 30
minute marathons that Richard ran
in his 30s and the many, many
years that he organized the Island
Relay on Vancouver Island, which
brought hundreds of runners from
Campbell River to Victoria down
the Island Highway over two days.
His efforts in ensuring a safe and
successful event were heroic.
Further, a studied search of previous
editions of the Advocate
would have uncovered the January
2001 cover caricature of Mr.
Margetts, dressed in runners and
posed in full flight, juggling his
many interests. In the biography in
the same edition, the following
Further on the matter of character,
we observe that, for some, Richard’s
easy affability may initially disguise
the fact that he is a very tough character.
There is some truth to the
rumour that he is indifferent to
pain. Like many people from the
Antipodes, he is a runner; and it
appears that the worse he feels the
faster he goes. By way of evidence:
By R.C. Tino Bella*
* Letters to the editor may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The editor uses the pronouns he, him and his and accepts