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Reporter raises hundreds in musical half marathon

A regional newspaper reporter raised almost £1,000 when he took part in London’s first ever Musical Half Marathon for charity.

Phil Harrison, 24, a reporter with independent title The Essex Enquirer was part of a team that covered 13.5 miles, playing song requests from strangers on 20 pianos at various iconic sites in the capital.

Said Phil: “I report on amazing charity fundraisers every week so was really keen to try something myself and arrange a unique event to raise money for such a great cause.

“I think I messed up a little on the distance measuring for a half marathon as we worked out we ended up walking over 18 miles on the day. But the weather was perfect and although we’re all aching now we had an amazing day and must have knocked out at least 50 songs on the way round.”

The unique fundraising event started at Canary Wharf and included interactive artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. The pianos were intentionally installed at public areas across London to encourage visitors to express themselves.

The fundraising team raced to tinkle the ivories at pianos placed at landmarks including St Paul’s cathedral, Liverpool Street station and Hampstead Heath.

The day raised over £450 for Cancer Research UK and £500 for Ignito Project, a charity that uses music to help the lives of under-privileged children across London.

Phil took part in the race with friends Lucy Hewes and Laura Packer. They arrived at piano number 20 overlooking Tower Bridge and the HMS Belfast on the stroke of 10pm.

The Enquirer series also prints the free Thurrock Enquirer and the East London Enquirer.