Shadow chancellor Ed Balls is to run the London marathon. The MP for Morley and Outwood told the Guardian Open Weekend he had been bounced into running the 26-mile-and-285-yard course on 22 April by the disabled children’s charity Whizz-Kidz and has been training in Regent’s Park.
Balls said he had been at a charity event for Whizz-Kidz 18 months ago when the head of the charity told the audience that the 45-year-old MP had agreed to do the marathon. “It was total news to me,” said Balls.
He said he is hoping “just to finish” and has so far completed 18 miles in three hours 45 minutes in training runs.