I spend a lot of my leisure time running. Along with a teammate, Marty Rea, from my club, North Belfast Harriers, I’ve been asked to be an ambassador for the official charity for the 2012 Belfast City Marathon: the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.
I’ve written previously on this blog about the Belfast City Marathon, and some other matters around spirituality and sport. For me, running has always been a way to attain good health and mental alertness, relieve stress, stay fit, and on occasion achieve that quiet state that I believe is akin to meditative prayer.
I’m delighted to be a running ambassador for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, which cares for more than 250 Children and young people with life-limiting and life threatening conditions. Their services are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year and there is no charge.
The Hospice needs to raise £5 million every year to stay in operation. It literally could not function without donations from the public.
I can’t think of a better reason to get out on the roads – even now in the coldest part of our winter – to train in support this cause.
Marty and I would really appreciate any donations you can make, using our dedicated website (please click here).
On our site, we’ll keep you updated about our running plans. That includes my next marathon – on January 15, 2012 in Houston – and our plans for participation in the Belfast City Marathon on May 7, 2012.
You might also consider signing up to run the Belfast City Marathon yourself, in aid of the Hospice! There’s more information about running the distance for the Hospice here.