People are running miles and miles this autumn for Cord. It’s such an appropriate way of fundraising to build peace. For most of us, if we’re going to make it to the finish, we have to go slowly. 

Working to make peace a reality is like a marathon. It's a slow process. The path to peace needs everyone. We take the slow road to change by involving the most complex and challenging elements of society. We’re committed to reaching the destination – however long it takes. 

Andy Wolfe completes the London Marathon 

On October 3 Andy Wolfe completed his first ever marathon. He succeeded in this amazing challenge with thousands of others on the streets of London as this iconic event returned to the capital. We are so incredibly proud of Andy for his fantastic efforts, both in his running and his fundraising. After the race, Andy said: 

This was one of the greatest experiences of my life – the atmosphere, the crowd, the sense of achievement and of course the motivation of raising money for Cord really kept me going, particularly in the most challenging parts of the race. I’m thrilled we were able to partner in this way and looking forward to the next one already!

Thank you, Andy, for such a brilliant effort! 

 

Chris Gillman’s 2 in a row 

You may remember reading about Cord’s 2020 London marathon hero Chris Gillman. Due to Covid restrictions, Chris had to compete in the virtual marathon last year but still smashed his fundraising target. We were delighted that Chris could take his place in the actual event this year. Not only did Chris finish his second marathon in two years but he managed to raise even more money for our vital work. Chris, we’re so grateful. You continue to be a fundraising hero! 

Monday Mile for Myanmar 

As if running his first marathon wasn’t enough, on the very next day, Andy Wolfe continued his astonishing fundraising for Cord. Andy, who is the Executive Director of Education for the Church of England, was joined by Cord’s Fundraising Officer, Nick Thorley. Together they visited three primary schools in London, where they ran a mile with the pupils, delivered assemblies, and met with staff, before running to the next school. The pupils gained sponsorship for their mile run. The assemblies and staff meetings gave opportunities to learn about Cord’s work, particularly the ongoing projects in Myanmar. 

Huge congratulations to all the pupils, staff, and, of course, Andy Wolfe, for this awesome achievement. Do look out for the short film about this event on our website – https://www.cord.org.uk/news/could-your-school-partner-with-us-for-peace.

 

120 miles for peace 

And finally, if you’re not already feeling tired thinking about all that running, Fundraising Manager, Nick Thorley, is soon to embark on an ultra-marathon. Nick will run 120 miles over two days at the end of October. Nick is completely blind and will be guided by a series of friends and colleagues (including Cord’s CEO, Andy Pask, for the first 13.1 miles). Nick will run 65 miles on 30th October and 55 miles on 31st October. He is aiming to raise over £4,500 and if you’d like to sponsor him, please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/nickthorley 

Nick will be posting short videos on our Facebook page during his run if you’d like to stay up to date. Asked how he’d run this distance, Nick said: 

I’ll start slow and go slower. It will also be nice going to bed on the Saturday night knowing that I’m over halfway there!

Would you like to run, cycle or walk for Cord? If so, we’d love to hear from you: 

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