All for love
Broadly, there were four types of runners lining up at the start in Greenwich Park: the elite athletes, the keen amateur, those supporting a charity and those doing it for love. It was the latter group that were the most moving. People who were running for a spouse, a father, a mother, a daughter, a son or a friend that was ill, or who had even died. People, seeking to bring good out of tragedy, were motivated by love to make a difference. It was heartening to see what people would do for love, and sobering to read the backs of people’s shirt: “For my son ….”
The charity Oxfam had many people running. I thought the slogan on their shirts was brilliant: Be Humankind.
It is out of the deepest of human tragedies that the greatest acts of humanity can come. But why wait? Let’s be humankind anyway.