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Going the distance: BigHospitality takes on the London Marathon

Peter Ruddick, BigHospitality's multimedia reporter, will be running the London Marathon for Farm Africa

In less than 10 days thousands of people will be taking part in one of the biggest mass fundraising events in the world - the London Marathon - and our very own multimedia reporter will be among those taking on the 26.2 mile challenge.

Peter Ruddick, who is normally more at home with a film camera or dictaphone than a pair of running shoes, has been training for a number of months and has been busy raising funds for his chosen charity - Farm Africa.

After accompanying Dinner by Heston Blumenthal head chef Ashley Palmer-Watts on his Chef Africa challenge last year, Peter was inspired to do his bit for the charity which aims to help African farmers become less reliant on food aid.

"Training for the marathon has without doubt been one of the toughest challenges I have ever taken on," he said. "One of the longest, coldest and snowiest winters on British record hasn't exactly helped either!

"I saw first-hand just how vital Farm Africa's work is in places like Kenya and how important it is for those working in hospitality to help others feed themselves as well as the industry feeds its customers."

For more information and updates on Peter's London Marathon challenge, and to sponsor him, visit his fundraising page here.

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