David Hudson 100K run in memory of DLP founder Adrian Leftwich

DLP Deputy Director David Hudson ran 100km alongside the Grand Union Canal on Saturday 28 June. He started the Grand Union Challenge in London’s Regent’s Park and finished, in 31st place, in Bletchley, Milton Keynes.
It always seems like a good idea at the start
So far he has raised more than £1000 for Cancer Research UK in memory of DLP’s founding director, Adrian Leftwich. Adrian died last year after a short and typically courageous battle with lung cancer.
David has been a keen runner for some years, but this is the longest distance he’s ever attempted to cover in one go. His reason – ‘because it puts other stuff into perspective’. 
It is, he says, a happy coincidence that his attempt on the 100k challenge coincided with the publication of Adrian’s final piece of work. Just before Adrian fell ill in 2012, he had been working with David on a new approach to political analysis in development politics. From Political Economy to Political Analysis was published earlier in June. 
‘The chance to work with Adrian was a privilege,’ says David in its preface.
‘He taught me so much about how to see the world and how to approach it – as an academic, as a father and, above all, as a person. He was a giant with an infectious appetite for life.’ 
All the money David raises will go to Cancer Research UK, who fund pioneering research to help beat cancer. If you’d like to support him, you’ll find his Just Giving page here.
A training run


Images: David prepares for a race: 'It always seems like a good idea at the start'. Bottom: A pause to admire the view on one of David's training runs.


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