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Video 6 in my series to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Sport Aid and Run the World.

It was May 24th, the day before the Race Against Time. Buckingham Palace, Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Concorde – quite a day. Then, Geldof saying he wasn’t coming!!!

Extracts from “I RAN THE WORLD” by Chris Long

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Video 5 in my series to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of Sport Aid and Run the World.

The Race Against Time was getting closer and my stress levels were getting higher. Extracts from ‘I Ran The World’ by Chris Long.

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VIDEO 4 IN SERIES TO COMMEMORATE THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF SPORT AID AND RUN THE WORLD

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Video 3 in series to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Sport Aid and Run the World

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Video 2 in series to commemorate the 35th anniversary of sport aid and Run the World

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35 Years Ago

On May 25th, 35 years ago, 20 million people in 89 countries took to their streets to run 10k in protest and to demand action for the famine victims of Africa.

Chris Long, the founder and organiser of sport Aid and Run the World wants us to remember what happened back then – before the internet, social media and mobile phones – and ask ourselves what we should and could do now, in a world that should seek change more than ever.

This week, as a special celebration of the 35th anniversary of Sport Aid, Chris is reading extracts from his book – ‘I Ran the World’ in a series of 7 videos, to help remember what is possible.

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Prelude

The British Airways Jumbo thumped the runway at Heathrow. I looked up, half asleep and gazed out of the window. Rivulets of rain were pushing across the glass in an uncharted fashion as they tried to make their way to the bottom. It reminded me a lot of my journey over the past year.
It was cold, grey and overcast – a fairly typical warm welcome to London. The plane braked hard and then veered off the runway to find its nominated stand space among its brothers and sisters.
I was exhausted . . . knackered . . . fucked.
This was my second New York roundtrip of the week and everything I had worked so hard for rested on the next few hours.
I had gone over the pitch a thousand times during the very short night but still felt really nervous.
This has to work.
I had no luggage – just a small bri...

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I RAN THE WORLD

This is the cover of the book 'I Ran the World' by Chris Long

For the next few weeks I’m going to give you all an insight into my new book – ‘I Ran The World‘ – with some chapters, photographs, videos and some extra juicy bits of information you definitely don’t know.

For those of you who have followed me for some time on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you will know that I truly believe we can all affect the world in which we live. We do not have to just accept the status quo, sit back and watch policymakers shape a world they think we want to live in.

Change the World

Global populations grow quickly, wars and hostility continue to rage, refugees are constantly displaced and religion continues to divide us. Stubborn disbelievers ignore the reality of climate change, melting glaciers and warming oceans...

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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:

CHAPTER 21

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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FREE BOOK THIS WEEKEND

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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