Bristol Diamonds - a race around clients' premises by foot, wheels and water

The team

All 10 partners from the Bristol office are part of the team - only six were able to do this event but the rest of the group will be joining in for more events throughout the year. Watch this space!

Explore the pictures from their journey.

Race team members

Andrew Gordon, Sarah Joannidi, Nigel Hardy, Tom Morgan, Matthew Sewell and Mark Boughey.

RSM Bristol Diamonds

The challenge

We set ourselves the challenge of visiting as many clients and targets as we could in ten hours using at least five modes of transport.

As we couldn’t use the same mode of transport more than once, we needed to find somewhere that wasn’t too far away, but still posed a bit of a challenge – so we invited clients located in the radius of Bath, Yate and Bristol if they would be happy to be included. As accountants, we ended up being quite methodical about it!

You can explore all the pictures from the teams’ adventure in their Flickr album, or donate to the team via their JustGiving fundraising page.

Challenge report

Visiting as many clients and targets as we could in ten hours using at least five modes of transport. How hard could it be?!

The day arrived and we didn’t get off to the best start - three of the six partners were stuck in traffic and got to the office half an hour late. This ate into valuable time as we were on a tight schedule to get to all the businesses before they shut at the end of the day. But by 8.30am we were finally out of the building and on our way.

After boarding the train from Temple Meads to Bath, disaster quickly struck when one of the team left their bag on the train (along with another team member’s house key, car keys and wallet). The rest of us decided to plough on.

First stop: renting Next bikes at Bath station for our first few visits including Withy King solicitors where we found all the partners had gone to London and left a very bemused receptionist (who eventually agreed to take our photo)! At our fourth stop, the headquarters of a restaurant client, we were given some refreshing drinks and orange segments – we felt like Olympic athletes.

RSM Bristol Diamonds bike

The bikes presented our biggest physical challenge of the day: cycling across Bath to Feilden Clegg Bradley. Having diced with death (Andrew was nearly taken out by a lorry) we were given a royal welcome with a full spread of drinks, more orange slices and some excellent flapjacks for the hungry challengers, along with reflective cycling wrist bands.

Following some visits on foot, our fourth mode of transport was easily the most enjoyable way to get around Bristol: the ferry. It was while we were cruising that we heard the backpack sub-team had found the bag in Salisbury and were making the two hour trip from London to get it.

Bristol diamonds ferry

The day was warm and we began to flag by the late afternoon so our fifth mode of transport, the bus, came at a welcome time. Up the hill to Clifton where we visited Stride Treglown and their electric pool car, Zoe.

Finally over to Yate - we were on the home straight by then with only three more stops left. The traffic was against us as we did our last few stops on foot. We made it round by 5.30 before the folks at the scheduled stops had to go home!

18 clients and targets met in nine and a half hours, using six modes of transport (train, bike, foot, ferry, bus, taxi/car).

And what of the backpack sub team? They too were successful in their challenge as the bag was recovered at Salisbury station, complete with all its contents at around 6pm – just in time for a well-earned drink.