HE WAS not sure that he could do it. When he was thinking about joining in the Great North Run half-marathon, the Revd David Kirk Beedon, Rector of St Michael’s and St Mary’s, Lichfield, said that it was two years since he had last run that distance, and “this 51-year-old body doesn’t heal anywhere near as quickly, move so fast, nor recover from strenuous exercise so quickly.”
Nevertheless, he did it, with only stiff leg muscles to complain about afterwards. He had trained hard despite the return of an early injury, and had been encouraged by the generosity of the people sponsoring him in support of Christian Aid.
He had also been spurred on by the thought that any discomfort in running from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields with 54,000 other people could not compare with the grinding hardship faced by millions of people around the world. In the end, he did the run in the very respectable time of one hour 56 minutes, and raised more than £2000 for Christian Aid.