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Channel Migrants

This year, almost 4,000 people have crossed the English Channel, in more than 300 small boats. There was a new record of at least 235 arrivals on 6 August. This will only get worse until we address the heart of the issue.

In my book ‘I RAN THE WORLD‘ I describe how this specific issue caused me to write my book:


It was September 2015 and it was my birthday.

I was 61 years old and when I looked in the mirror my dear old Dad looked back at me.

I turned on the BBC news and something incredible happened.

On the screen was a heart-breaking photograph of a dead three-year-old boy. His body had been washed up on a beach in Turkey. 

“Aylan Kurdi and his five-year-old brother, Galip, drowned after their overloaded boat capsized off of the coast of Turkey.” 

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I have written my book in the hope that it might inspire just one person (or more) to pick up my Sport Aid torch and RUN THE WORLD again. We need to do it for so many reasons.

This weekend (August 8th/9th, 2020) I am making my kindle version free and hope you all download it and in some way, feel inspired if you read it. Enjoy and let’s change the world together!

Download here

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35th Anniversary of Live Aid

35 years ago today, I was at Wembley Stadium to watch Live Aid. It was an incredible event that changed my life. That day changed everything and life suddenly took a completely new direction.
I write about it all in my book I Ran the World. Chapter 4:

I stood in the crowd at Live Aid just in front of the mixing tower to the right. The view was great and the atmosphere even better. It was a hot, sunny day and the place was buzzing.
This was supposed to be the culmination of a week of fundraising events for Africa. That had been Bob’s plan when we met back in February and I was supposed to have put on 10 sponsored runs last Thursday. 
It didn’t happen.
I was glad.
Sport can do more than a few sponsored runs in the UK.
I look back now with such fondness on what was one of that decade’s mo...

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Madonna – a Girl in 30 million

Madonna was a big supporter of Sport Aid ’88 and the Race Against Time and helped launch the USA races by attending a press conference with Mike Tyson. The only thing … Mike didn’t turn up!

Extract from page 218 of ‘I Ran the World’.

Madonna and Mike Tyson agreed to be at the press conference and CARE USA was very happy indeed. On the day of the press conference Tyson was late showing up.
Madonna called him on her mobile phone and told him to ****** hurry up!
Not bad for a little lady.
Tyson was about to take on Michael Spinks to become the undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion!

A girl in 30 million!

Read about this and the incredible Sport Aid story in ‘I Ran the World’ out now.

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19.8m people in 274 towns and cities in 89 countries…

A Clown in the Gateshead Race Against Time

. . . including the great town of Gateshead. If I remember correctly, the great Steve Cram and Brendan Foster helped a huge turnout in the North East of England – supporting the starving in Africa in Sport Aid and Run the World.

Gateshead Race Against Time
Even clowns can wear ‘I Ran the world’ T-shirts
Who are you? You must be about 42 years old now!
Walk or run it didn’t matter – Sport aid delivered a petition of 39 million blistered feet to the doorstep of the United Nations in New York
Sport aid sold over 600,000 ‘I Ran the World’ T-shirts in the UK alone – one of many entries in the Guinness Book of Records
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