Team to raise charity funds at Ardbeg Islay Half Marathon

ardbeg half marathonA team from the drinks trade will be raising funds for the National Brain Appeal this weekend by running the Islay Half Marathon, sponsored by whisky producer Ardbeg.

The team includes drinks writers and representatives of bars, restaurants and shops that are Ardbeg Embassies around the UK. They are raising money in memory of Alan Lodge of The Spirits Business who passed away last year from a brain haemorrhage, aged just 29.

More than 20 runners, with varying levels of experience and fitness, have signed up and trained hard since January in order to take part in the 13.1-mile half-marathon on Islay on August 3.

The aim is to raise £3,000 for the charity, with sponsorship via a Virgin Money Giving fund-raising page.

Runners include Lucy Britner, bars editor of Drinks International, Joel Harrison of, Sandrae Sharpen of The Cocktail Lovers, Hamish Smith, deputy editor of Drinks International, and freelance drinks writer Richard Woodard.

Olly Wehring, editor of, who is also running, said: “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.”

Another runner, Becky Paskin, deputy editor of The Spirits Business, said: “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.”

The National Brain Appeal is the charity dedicated to raising much-needed funds for The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. It is one of the world’s leading centres for the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with a wide range of neurological and neuromuscular conditions including multiple sclerosis (MS), brain cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Prion disease, and head injury.

Click here to sponsor them via their fund-raising page.

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