Ardbeg is proud to sponsor the annual Islay Half Marathon, a challenging 13.1 mile race across unforgiving undulating Inner Hebridean terrain. This year the distillery has invited drinks writers and representatives of Ardbeg Embassies around the UK to join in raising money for the National Brain Appeal in memory of Alan Lodge of The Spirits Business who tragically passed away last year from a brain haemorrhage aged just 29.
More than 20 runners – with, it has to be said, varying levels of experience and fitness – have signed up and trained hard since January in order to compete on August 3rd.
The aim is to raise £3,000 for the charity and we are approaching the target but any donations at this late stage would be gratefully received. Please visit the virgin Money Fundraising page at: www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/TheArdbegHalfMarathon_AlanLodge
· Lucy Britner, bars editor, Drinks International
· Laura Foster, Imbibe
· Joel Harrison, caskstrength.com
· Chris Losh, editor, Imbibe
· Becky Paskin, deputy editor, The Spirits Business
· Sandrae Sharpen, Cocktail Lovers
· Richard Siddle, editor, Harpers
· Hamish Smith, deputy editor, Drinks International
· Olly Wehring, editor, just-drinks.com
· Richard Woodard, freelance drinks writer
“The furthest I ever saw Alan run was across a room to get to a bar, so I am in no doubt he'll find it hilarious that a dozen of his UK drinks press colleagues are running a half-marathon in his honour. His hilarity will no doubt turn to envy, however, as we'll toast our achievement on Saturday evening with a dram of his favourite Scotch – cheers Alan.” Olly Wehring
“Beyond the obvious physical challenge of putting one foot in front of the other so many times, it will be fascinating, if painful, to see Islay from a totally different perspective. And, in the process, to raise as much money as possible for a great cause, while remembering a friend and colleague whose life was so tragically cut short. I'm sure more than one glass of Ardbeg will be raised to Alan – but only once we've crossed the finish line, of course.” Richard Woodard
“For those who know how tough and arduous it is training for something like a half marathon, we are hoping you will show some sympathy and support for us as we gear up for this challenge, Alan was a very dear friend of so many of us, and an ardent fan of Ardbeg. This race is the perfect way for us to remember him and give something back in his memory.” Becky Paskin