It is that time of year again. Nigel Murray of Huron Legal sets off this weekend for another arduous cycle ride across Northern France in aid of the charity Help for Heroes. His blog page is suspiciously light on training information this year and I suspect that, like the rest of us in edisclosure / ediscovery, he has been too busy to spend much time tuning his muscles or whatever it is athletes do.
Mary Ann and I had intended to be there this year – the sea crossings were checked and the hotels lined up, and we were looking forward to the break, the food and, almost incidentally, the pleasure of watching Nigel pedal by. Then came the invitation to moderate AccessData’s ediscovery conference in Frankfurt on Tuesday. Various options were discussed: you can go by train from Cherbourg to Frankfurt in not much less time than it takes to fly to Australia; we could cut short our break and I could stay at Heathrow for a dawn flight on Tuesday. It became clear that I could foul up the holiday, catch no more than a glimpse of Nigel, and arrive knackered for the conference after much rushing about; alternatively, I could just abandon Normandy, go to the splendid conference hotel the day before, and wallow in comfort and good food before taking to the platform. We can go to Normandy some other time and my opening talk – a tour of the world ediscovery scene – will be the better for it.
Nigel will manage without us, despite the apparent shortage of training. At the time of writing, donations total £3,401.00 against a very ambitious target of £6,000. For comparison, he raised £3,941 last year against a target of £2,200. His sponsorship page is here.