UNITED KINGDOM: Running the London 10K for Aid to the Church in Need
By John Pontifex
4 July 2012
The urgent need to help Christians persecuted for their faith has prompted two men to pound in the streets in preparation for a sponsored run.
Peter Kingsley and Andy Cox are taking part in the London 10K on Sunday (8 July) in support of Aid to the Church in Need.
Mr Kingsley, 38, born and raised in London, but now working for Vienna's English-speaking Catholic Community, told Aid to the Church in Need that the two picked the charity because of its “wonderful work at the service of Christians around the world persecuted and oppressed for their faith in Christ”.
Having run the British 10K two years ago, Mr Kingsley said they had learned from experience how to “pace ourselves” and were confident of being able to “beat the hour mark”.
Mr Kingsley said he had been training by running alongside the Danube in Vienna and Mr Cox had been running along The Thames in Kew, near Richmond, Surrey.
Mr Kingsley added: “There has been beautiful sunshine this summer over here [in Vienna] so I have been boosting up the sun tan a little.
“Andy has been doing the same thing along the Thames but with slightly different weather conditions.”
Mr Kingsley, who said he first found out about Aid to the Church in Need from its Christmas cards, added: “We like the charity because it understands the needs of suffering Christians around the world and looks to provide practical and meaningful support in a personal and direct way.”
Both he and Mr Cox have set themselves a fundraising target of £1,000.
If you would like to support Peter Kingsley and Andy Cox’s Sponsored 10K run in support of Aid to the Church in Need, please visit their JustGiving webpage.