Embrace – Running Home . . .

Below is a cut and paste job from an email received today about this magnificent marathon running event – or to be accurate, whole series of events. I have included all the links, so if appeals for giving offend you, look away now . . .

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He’s done it!!

For most people just finishing a single marathon would be a challenge. Finishing an ultra-marathon would be beyond us. But 14 in one year? That is superhuman!

Mark, our Regional Manager for Scotland, has been running pilgrimage routes across Scotland and the North of England all this year, to raise money and awareness about the even bigger challenge that Iraq’s Christians face as they try to rebuild their country and their lives after war.

Mark says, ‘And so it ends. 14 ultra-marathon pilgrimages, 33 full running days (plus a few extra mornings), roughly 200 mid-run check-ins, 57 church engagements, 25 offers of overnight accommodation, 20 running partners, seven separate pairs of shoes, five falls (three descending to Ballachulish mind you), three toe nails, one lost running day, and one heckle … I’ve mentioned before that common refrain of pilgrims, that ‘every ending is a beginning’. Never has it felt truer than now.’

You can read more from Mark and how he’s feeling following his epic challenge on his last blog post.

As a final celebration, we enjoyed a ceilidh last Saturday in Edinburgh – thank you to everyone who came and celebrated with Mark and his family, and gave so generously via the silent auction on the night.

And there is still time to donate and help make a better future possible for the people of Iraq:

Look out for our January magazine where we’ll update you on how your support has helped change lives in Iraq.

BBC Songs of Praise

The BBC have followed Mark’s progress and are broadcasting an update on this coming Sunday’s Songs of Praise programme. It airs at 1.15pm on Sunday 1 December – you can read more about it here.

Finally – a big thank you to everyone who has supported Mark and Running home in 2019, and a massive well done to Mark!

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I support Embrace the Middle East because it seems to be one of the few charities doing anything for the people there so affected by our wars and commercial interests over the years. It seems to me that individuals have got to chip in themselves as it is no good thinking that our Government is going to show much interest.

For those who live in the Midlands there is a Carol Service at Lichfield Cathedral on Thursday, 5th December next.


About The Author

Born 9 December 1933. Former Royal Air Force person. Retired Church of England Clergyman. Father. Grandfather, and now, Great Grandfather. Citizen of Europe and Fervent Remainer. Thinks that Members of Parliament and especially Ministers of the Crown, who lie to Parliament should be brought before a public tribunal where the evidence can be heard, and examined, and suitable penalties awarded.
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