1. Sport Relief | The power of sport

    Bath Half Marathon

    On Sunday I ran the Bath Half Marathon as part of a team who were raising money for Dorothy House. There were nearly 13,000 runners taking part and tens of thousands of people turned out on the streets of Bath to support them. Collectively they will raise over £2 million for various charities.

    Today is the start of Sport Relief 2016 and this morning we sent our boys off to school dressed as their favourite sports personality, this afternoon they will be running in the sponsored mini marathon. It’s sport at its best; bringing people together, promoting healthy lifestyles and making a difference. Sharing a common goal, promoting team work and having fun. The money raised from Sports Relief goes to charities and communities in the UK and around the world.

    It doesn’t matter where you are in the world people love sport, whether they are taking part or cheering on. I often wish I knew more about football, because my experience is that it’s an international language and often one of the first questions I get asked when travelling in the many countries in Africa is, “Which team do you support?” It’s taken as a given that you support football! Rather like “How many sugars do you have in your tea?”

    So, on today’s blog we wanted to wish everyone taking part in an event, whether it’s for Sport Relief, or another charity, the best of luck and to those of you that are in training for an event keep it up, it will be worth it.

    Finally, and she might not like me for doing this, I’d like to share the fact that Catherine is currently in training for her second London marathon. This time Catherine is raising money for Tommy’s, who fund research into the causes of premature birth, stillbirth and miscarriage and so whilst I’m sitting watching the rugby tomorrow, with my half marathon medal swinging around my neck she will be out there pounding the streets in preparation for her big day when 38,000 take to the streets of London. Here is her justgiving page if you would like to support her and raise money for Tommy’s.

    Boys playing football

    Caption: A group of young boys play a quick game of football as they look after their family’s cattle which are grazing on the lush green grass alongside a river in Ethiopia.

    Sit volleyball in Rwanda

    Caption: Jean Paul Ngilimana playing sitting volley ball. Rwanda was the first sitting volleyball team from sub-Saharan Africa to compete in the Paralympics when they took part in the London Olympics 2012.Boys playing football at school.

    Caption: Children playing football at Instituto Cristóvan School in São Paulo, Brazil.

    a shot at goal in Ghana

    Caption: Boys playing football in Kromameng, Ghana. The football pitch is the focal point of the village and is surrounded by lush green cocoa plantations.

    a game of football in Rwanda.

    Caption: Young boys playing football during the World Cup in South Africa, Ngoma district, Rwanda.

    Boys playing football

    Caption: Young boys playing football , Rwanda.

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