University of Sussex academic Professor Dan Hough is more accustomed to standing around in a cricket field, so running the Berlin Marathon has required a little extra inspiration – via his mum.
The 47-year-old Head of Politics, from Ascot, heads across the Channel on Wednesday as part of a 40-strong International Association for the Study of German Politics delegation observing the German Federal Election on Sunday.
On the same day, he will run the Berlin Marathon to raise money for The Amber Trust, as Chancellor Angela Merkel calls time on close to 16-years at her country’s helm.
Hough junior’s personal best over the 26.2mile distance, set on the same course, is a respectable four hours, eight minutes, however, mum Grace’s mark is around an hour quicker – as she is quick to remind him.
Wife Ying, Amber’s finance officer, and twin sons Vince and Stan will be cheering him on from afar as will uncle Stephen, one of Amber’s trustees.
But despite the backing, the Twickenham Cricket Club secretary, who has already run enough singles in his cricket career to complete a marathon, is not holding out much hope of settling an old family score.
“My mum – who was very good in her day – is quick to point out her marathon time is still an hour quicker than my best,” said Hough.
“I play a lot of sport and covered 12km in a football match the other day, so I would have thought I’ve done enough training to get round in one piece.
“But as far as beating my mum’s time, I think that is probably out of the question. I’d be happy to get under the four-hour mark, though.”
Hough will be looking to raise a significant sum to help Amber continue its work in giving blind and partially sighted children – including those with additional disabilities – the best possible chance to meet their musical needs and aspirations and fulfil their potential.
You can support The Amber Trust by sponsoring Dan via his just giving fundraising page https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DanielHough2