Team Ed Balls ran 10k for Wakefield Hospice and raised over £1,000

Wakefield Hospice does such amazing work for people in our area

With Wakefield Mayor, Cllr Janet Holmes and Team Ed Balls

. And I’m always keen to support them however I can. A few years back they persuaded me to abseil down Wakefield Cathedral to raise money – one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever done.

A few weeks back they got in touch to ask for help with some fundraising and I tentatively asked how I could help.

Regular readers may recall that I took up running a few years back to the surprise of many, not least my wife Yvette. So when the Hospice asked me to start their annual 10km run I heaved a small sigh of relief. Of course I would start the race, and would be happy to complete in it too.

So on Sunday morning I joined thousands of local runners, as well as members of my office team, in my running shoes. Team Ed Balls raised over £1000 for the Hospice. I also managed to complete the race in just under an hour. This bodes well for this weekend when my trainers will have another outing, this time for the London Marathon. I’m determined to better my time from the last two years and get round the 26 mile route in under five hours. This weekend I’m running for the disabled children’s charity Whizz-Kidz and Action for Stammering Children.

To support please visit my fundraising page: or contact my office on 0113 253 9466.

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Posted April 8th, 2014 by Ed