Portsmouth vicar set to take on Great South Run

READY TO RUN  The Rev Alex Hughes and his wife Sarah are taking part in the Great South Run
READY TO RUN The Rev Alex Hughes and his wife Sarah are taking part in the Great South Run
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HE’S normally seen in his vicar’s robes at the church altar.

Now the Rev Alex Hughes, the priest of St Peter’s and St Luke’s in Somers Town, Portsmouth, will swap his usual clothes for running gear as he takes to the streets with his family for a worthy cause.

The Christian leader will be joined by his wife Sarah and his dad John, 66, for the 10-mile Great South Run on Sunday.

The couple’s sons Thomas, six, and Joseph, three, will compete in the Mini Great South Run – a 1.5km run – the day before.

Both routes will start in Southsea seafront and take in the sights of Portsmouth.

Mr Hughes, 37, will run in aid of The Tom Prince Cancer Trust because Tom’s uncle Peter Prince is a member of the congregation at St Peter’s Church.

The trust was set up in honour of Tom after he died the evening before his 16th birthday in 2004.

Mr Hughes, who lives with his wife and children at St Peter’s Vicarage, next to the church, said: ‘I’m going to be swapping my vicar robes for my running gear.

‘This is going to be a big family occasion.

‘St Peter’s Church has been a big supporter of The Tom Prince Cancer Trust since before I arrived four years ago.

‘I thought doing the Great South Run would be a fantastic way of continuing to support the cause.

‘My father John took part last year and he gave me the challenge of joining him this time around.

‘I’m extremely excited about it because I have never, ever, done a running race in my life apart from when I was involved in sports days at school.

‘I’ve taken up running in order to do this and I’ve found it really enjoyable. I’m feeling positive about the day.’

Mrs Hughes, 39, will be raising money for the Meningitis Trust after a member of St Peter’s coffee club died from the disease earlier in the year.

Other clergy personnel part are the Very Rev David Brindley, who is Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral and Canon David Isaac, residentiary canon at the cathedral.

To donate email Mr Hughes at alex.hughes@portsmouth.anglican.org