Running for World Development

As you may know, this year we had 22 people taking part in the Belfast City Marathon for World Development and Relief. It has been such an encouragement to see so many people give their time to this, as well as the generosity shown through their fundraising.

We had relay teams, ‘Fun-Runners’, 8 mile walkers and 2 participants who completed the entire 26.2 miles. Here Philip Heyburn, who ran the full marathon, shares a little bit about why he decided to support WDR in this way.


Philip, why did you decide to run the marathon for WDR?

Last year I ran a leg of the marathon as a member of a relay team in support of the IMYC and Container Ministry. Following the event I decided I would set myself the goal of running the full marathon this year. I am a member of the High St. Lurgan Methodist Church and am aware of the great work that World Development and Relief do in providing long-term assistance to those who are unable to help themselves out of difficult situations. I wanted to use the run to raise money and was delighted to be able to support WDR. 

How do you feel about being able to give in this way?

It’s just such a pleasure to be able to use the gifts and abilities that God has blessed me with to make people aware of the work WDR is doing and raise funds at the same time. 

What did you personally gain from this experience?

A sense of satisfaction at having achieved a long held goal to achieve the marathon distance! I have also been absolutely amazed at the generosity of people in giving sponsorship monies.  

Why do you do it at all?

I value the health benefits running provides but it also give me time during running to spend time with God in prayer, praise and worship as I run as on the majority of occasions I run alone. 

Any other thoughts or comments you’d like to share?

As a young Christian and a student of engineering, in my late teens I publicly expressed my willingness to serve God overseas. Since then God has led me to serve and work for Him here at home. But in running for WDR it has been such a pleasure to use some of the gifts God has provided me with to help those who have been called to serve overseas and indeed those in need overseas.  


Once again we would like to thank everyone who supported WDR at the marathon through participation, donation or cheering our teams to the finish line!