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Reasons to Sponsor Strummerville


This seems like a good moment at iJamming! to bring attention to regular reader Paul Guscin, who is running the Loch Ness Marathon – his first – this October to raise funds for Strummerville, the charity founded in the name of the Clash’s Joe Strummer. As the Strummerville site explains,

“Set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer in the year after his death, the charity seeks to reflect Joe’s unique contribution to the music world by offering support, resources and performance opportunities to artists who would not normally have access to them.”

Examples of the charity’s work include the New Music Fund, the Strummerville Menotor Bank, and Strummerville Rehearsal And Songwriting Rooms, both at The Roundhouse in London and also one just opened in Belfast. (Read more about how the charity spends its money here.)


Why run a marathon in the name of Joe Strummer? Because Joe Strummer ran several marathons at the peak of his fame: London in 1981 and 1983, and Paris in 1982. The Paris run was extra special as he had “disappeared” from friends, family, band and management – and had the last laugh when he showed up running alongside tens of thousands of people a few weeks later. I have yet to see rumors that he ran one of the London Marathons in 3hrs:20 to be confirmed.

The Loch Ness Marathon looks like a blast (all things being relative), starting at the original Great Lake and ending in Inverness. If money were no object, I’d fly over and do it myself. Anyway, when Guscin, 41, first alerted me to his charity run, he announced his intent to run under 3 hours. I have subsequently talked him into what I trust will prove a more attainable goal: 3hrs 30. I’m still feeling the pain from meeting that time in Burlington, four days after the event, so I can assure Guscin he has his work cut out for him. If you care to sponsor his run, you could always offer him one sum for completing the race, and another if he meets that 3:30 goal; I’m sure he’ll agree the additional pain will be worth raising the extra funds. You can donate from here.

Paul’s mission statement is as follows:

“I am running the marathon to raise money for Strummerville because giving young adults access to music and instruments means they should have fun and become more rounded individuals as well. Also, The Clash were my education and for me running a marathon is definitely rock and roll and punk rock! The charity is a great tribute to Joe Strummer.”

Paul has also been very helpful linking my own posts about Mick Jones and Carbon/Silicon to the relevant web sites so I’m more than happy to link him here in turn. Please, people, I know times are hard, but just consider a fiver a piece to encourage this one man to run in the name of one great man. (And another fiver if he makes it in under 3hrs 30mins.) Cheers and good luck with the training, Paul. You may want to read How Much Will It Hurt: Ten Tips For the Marathon Virgin.

More Joe Strummer at ijamming! here
More Mick Jones & Carbon/Silicon at iJamming! here
Tony’s Clash book here.
Clash pages at ijamming! start here

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  1. 5 June, 2009 at 1:13 pm

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