Run Rory Run

ALASTAIR Campbell was a proud man yesterday as his son Rory won the Hampton Court half marathon. He was running in the name of former Labour pollster Lord Philip Gould, who passed away in November 2011.

The tweeted pictures show Rory’s family and friends cheering him on, including grandmother Audrey Millar with a smart poster reading: ‘Stop pretending you don’t know us, Rory!’ This is apparently a reference to his serious, focussed, give-110-percent running face, which he uses to zone out the rest of the world.

Mr Campbell Snr has, of course a history of taking public pride in his son’s talent for running. In 2003,he broke off a holiday in the south of France to call the New Journal and asked to speak to the boss. Tony Blair’s head of communications was angry that Rory, 15 at the time, was down in the newspaper’s sports pages as having come second in 1,500 metre race with a personal best time of four minutes, 21.08 seconds. An awful mistake on our part, Rory had actually crossed the line at four minutes 17.08 seconds. A correction was hurried to print. 

* Rory Campbell’s fund-raising page for the Royal Marsden Hospital is here. He has already raised £10,000. Of Lord Gould, he says: “His openness, resilliance and honesty gave courage to many other cancer sufferers as well as his close friends and family.”

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