Running for love: Win a bottle of English sparkling wine


“I’m going to run the Bristol 10K.” When Laurence told me this I shrugged. Good for him, he could go lose his baby weight as long as I didn’t have to. I couldn’t think of anything worse. I’m really not a fan of running, for pretty much any reason.

Almost every year that I’ve known him, he’s done something like this for charity. Twice it was the London to Brighton cycle ride. Once it was a Rickshaw Run across India. This time he’s running with a group of 500 from our church and they’re calling themselves Love Running.

I really dig the name. I’m drawn to the idea of getting out and physically doing something for the love of others: the poor, the oppressed and the needy. This is how they put it: “Love Running is about seeing love in action, love with legs.”

I also admire the charities they’re raising money for: World Vision (who were represented at Cybher), CLIC Sargent and Tear Fund. You can find out more about the specific projects they’re supporting here.

So although, I’m still not sold on the running thing (I won’t be signing up for next year’s Bristol 10K, let’s put it that way) I do feel inspired to get out from behind this laptop and go do something real.

While I work out what that is, Talitha and I will be cheering for her Daddy at the finish line on Sunday. He ran 10K by accident this week (how does one do that?) so it should all be OK.

If you’d like to donate even a pound to sponsor Laurence please visit his JustGiving page or text 70070 with “WVMY77” and the amount (eg: WVMY77 £5).

Despite what it says there he’s actually raised £109 so far (as of 17/05 21.40pm). As an added incentive, if you donate you’ll be in with a chance to win a bottle of English sparkling wine. A winner will be drawn on Sunday 27th May 2012 at 7pm.