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Athlete battles Lord Archer to raise £2m for charity

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We salute our generous readers today for the tremendous effort which has seen the total raised for charity by the topless Somerset girl jump from £1,092.50 to £1,754.50 in just three days.

One kind-hearted soul, who gave 50 quid, noted: "I found you through The Register. You look gorgeous, I hope you stay healthy for many years to come."

Bless. Well, we do like to do our bit, and have just been alerted to a new charitable initiative in which an anonymous young woman aims to raise a cool £2m by running in April's London Marathon.

What's interesting about this is that said athlete (an IT professional, our sources confirm) is motivated by the desire to outdo perjuring peer Jeffrey Archer in the sponsorship stakes.

The highly-talented Archer, who is variously author, former London mayoral candidate and inside expert on the British penal system, has declared he will raise £1.66m, thereby breaking the record for a marathon sponsorship drive.

The so-called "Ms Ordinary" is having none of it: "When we think of the London Marathon, we think of Paula Radcliffe’s magnificent record beating triumph last year; that thrilling 5-way finish in the men's race; the enthusiasm of vast crowds of spectators supporting both the elite runners and those that need 7 hours or more; the massive amounts of money raised for good causes. Do the British people want to include 'disgraced peer' Archer in those thoughts? Surely not.

"Why should Jeffrey Archer hijack the London Marathon for his own personal glory? Surely the British people deserve better. He is trying to raise £1.66 million for charity and break the record for the largest charity sum raised for a marathon. If just 1 million people donated £2 each, then we could raise £2 million, and with a bit of luck we'll never have to hear from him again."

We doubt that somehow. However, Ms Ordinary is on the right track with her support for Childline, Shelter, Cancer Research UK, Help the Aged and NSPCC. Her total currently stands at £2,538, and readers wishing to boost the charity coffers can do so on the People Vs Peer website. Credit card/cheque donations are accepted for any of the individual charities listed above. ®

Bootnote

The sponsorship record is held by none other than J-Lo's ex-squeeze P Diddy "who raised approx. £1.2m in the NYC marathon". Blimey, 26 miles on the streets of The Big Apple without pulling a piece on someone? Tremendous effort Mr Diddy.

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