Will Macpherson, the cricket and rugby union correspondent of the London Evening Standard, explains how he comes to be running 26 miles to raise money for The Primary Club

I was one of those people who found myself so bored in lockdown that I was suddenly aimlessly sprinting round south London just to fill some time. Until then, running had seemed a necessary evil to replace organised sport, which I had run out of time to be involved in many years earlier. But my lockdown hobby has turned into something I really enjoy, and I was honoured and delighted to be offered The Primary Club’s role at the London Marathon this year.

The first weekend of October is hoving into view, and I’m realising that I need to put in a bit more than my dashes of a few kilometres each day. In January, I took part in a charity fitness challenge where I exercised each day and, on the 31st, ran 31km as I took the first step towards marathon distance. Since then, I’ve done another half-marathon, and am continuing to build up throughout the summer – perhaps including some running to and from cricket grounds as I chase the England team round the country.

Go to this link to sponsor Will and The Primary Club in the 2021 London Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 3 October https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/WillMacpherson2