On Sunday October 8th Hammersmith Morris Men are dancing the Royal Parks Half Marathon in central London.

We’ve completed our own long distance dance, 10bridges10k, every year since 2010. This travels the 10 kilometres from Vauxhall to London Bridge, crossing all 10 bridges on the way. We wanted to see if we could go a bit further!

We’re excited about the challenge for us and also raising money for ReachOut, a mentoring charity that work with young people in London and Manchester. ReachOut changes the lives of young people from disadvantaged communities through one-to- one mentoring, helping them get a better start in life, improving their self-confidence and raising their aspirations. More about ReachOut here

If you’re able to, we’d be very pleased if you could sponsor us. Any donation would be very welcome – thank you. We have set up a fundraising page here.

While most of our dances are done on the spot and are quite short – 5 minutes or thereabouts – for the half marathon we’ll be doing our processional dance, designed to move forward at a steady pace. The hard work is in the training which has already begun. Not only getting ourselves fitter and stronger for dancing but also preparing to play our own music for up to 3 hours. That’s an awfully long time to play a melodeon, so we’ll be sharing out the musician’s duties.

Thanks for your interest – we’d be very grateful for any donation you can make.

And if this has sparked your interest and you’d be interested to be part of the team, find out how to join us here.