The UK's shadow international development secretary, Jim Murphy, is to run both London and Edinburgh Marathon this year to help raise funds for the Homeless World Cup. The Labour MP announced his intentions in Edinburgh yesterday alongside Homeless World Cup president and co-founder, Mel Young, as well as young homeless footballers from Scotland and the Netherlands.
Murphy won't be the only politician at the London start line on 13 April, as fellow Labour MP and Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, is preparing for his third appearance in a row at the race. Mr Balls this week encouraged his Westminster rival to join him: "George Osborne sponsored my last two marathons for Action for Stammering Children and Whizz-Kidz. Now he's trying to get in shape, maybe he'll join me this year.
“It was a great feeling running down the Embankment with the crowd cheering, and up The Mall to complete the course. But the euphoria only lasted so long before the pain really set in.”
Edinburgh Marathon Festival, taking place on 24-25 May this year, has also proved attractive for politicians with former Spanish Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, running incognito at the half marathon in 2012
For more information on the Homeless World Cup, visit the organisation's website.